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WORLD CHAMPS MEDALLISTS HEAD TO BRITISH GAS GRAND PRIX

4th Aug 2009
The British Gas swimming team have landed home from their most successful World Championships ever and will be diving straight back into the pool looking to continue their form in search of more medals.

Leeds’s John Charles Centre for Sport will play host to the British Grand Prix (25m) 2009 where Britain’s top swimmers will take on a strong Canadian team in what is set to be an exciting meet on home soil.

Newly crowned World Champion and world record holder Liam Tancock will be back in action hoping to prove his dominance in the backstroke whilst double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington is set to race in the 400m and 800m Freestyle events.

British Gas swimmer and 100m freestyle World silver medallist Fran Halsall is choosing to compete in the 200m IM where she will face stiff competition in the form of Hannah Miley who finished just outside the medals in Rome and is currently the 400m IM European record holder.

Canada boast Ryan Cochrane (800m freestyle World Championship bronze medal winner and 1500m freestyle Olympic bronze medallist) who will be contesting the 200m, 400m and 1500m freestyle events at the Grand Prix but will face Britain’s Andrew Hunter and Ross Davenport in the 200m freestyle who both made the semi-finals of the event in Rome.
Another on the Canadian side to watch is Annamay Pierse, winner of the World Championships silver medal in Rome in the 200m breaststroke; she will be hoping to go one better in Leeds as she takes on the rest of the field.

The Grand Prix will provide an opportunity for people to see Britain’s World Championships medallists in action.

The four-day meet takes place from Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th August at the John Charles Centre for Sport in Leeds. Tickets for the event can be purchased HERE and cost from £7 for adults and £5 for concessions.

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For more information please contact the ASA/British Swimming Media Assistant, Lauren Sanderson on 01509 632236 or email lauren.sanderson@swimming.org

The ASA is the English National Governing Body for Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Open Water, and Synchronised Swimming. It organises competition throughout England, establishes the Laws of the Sport and operates comprehensive certification and education programmes for Teachers, Coaches and Officials as well as its renowned Learn To Swim Awards scheme. The ASA supports 1,220 affiliated swimming clubs through a National/Regional/County structure. The ASA aims to ensure everybody has an opportunity to learn to swim.
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British Swimming is the National Governing Body for Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Open Water in Great Britain. It is responsible internationally for the high performance representation of the sport. The members of British Swimming are the three Home Countries national governing bodies of England (ASA), Scotland (Scottish ASA) and Wales. (Welsh ASA) British Swimming seeks to enable its athletes to achieve gold medal success at the Olympics, Paralympics, World Championships and Commonwealth Games.

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