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Halsall, Tancock and Renwick begin British gold rush on day two in Delhi

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5 October - Day Two Evening Session

Fran Halsall broke her own British record en route to her first gold of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi for the 50m Butterfly.

I didn't expect to win it at all - when I saw I had won I thought - 'wohoo - that was cheeky!'.

The 20-year old has entered six events in Delhi and admits the 50 fly ranks lowest on her list of priorities.

But after bursting out of the blocks, Halsall left the Australian trio of Marieke Guehrer, Yolane Kukla and Emily Seebohm trailing in her wake before touching home in 26.24 to win England's first swimming gold of the Games.

And after lifting her first individual Commonwealth medal, Halsall insisted the result had taken her by surprise.

“It’s fantastic,” said Halsall. “I didn’t expect to win it at all – I just wanted to get in and do a good time. So when I saw I had won it I thought ‘wohoo – that was cheeky!’.”

England’s Ellen Gandy (26.80) and Wales’ Jemma Lowe (27.15) finished fifth and sixth respectively.

Robbie Renwick lifted Scotland's first swimming gold of the Games, streaming through in the final length to take the 200m Freestyle.

England's defending champion Ross Davenport led into the final turn from lane eight but a blanket finish ensued with British champion Renwick touching home in 1:47.88, just ahead of Australia's Kenrick Monk and Thomas Fraser-Holmes.

And Renwick admitted his performance was the perfect remedy for a disappointing sixth place in yesterday's 400m Freestyle.

"I just tried to stay relaxed," said Renwick, who dedicated his result to his late coach Eileen Adams. "To come away with that after such a huge disappointment in the 400m yesterday is really pleasing. It feels absolutely amazing right now."

Davenport (1:48.60) eventually finished fifth with England's Robert Bale (1:48.73) seventh and Scotland's 400m Freestyle bronze medallist David Carry (1:49.19) eighth.

World record holder and world champion Liam Tancock doubled England’s golden tally with a resounding victory in the 50m backstroke.

The 25-year old cruised through yesterday’s heats but showed no mercy in the final, clocking a Games record 24.62 to lift his fourth Commonwealth medal, nearly half a second ahead of Australia's silver and bronze medallists, Hayden Stoeckel (25.08) and Ashley Delaney (25.21).

Wales' Marco Loughran set a Welsh record 25.43 in the semi finals but couldn't replicate his speed in the final, settling for fifth in a time of 25.58.

Halsall and Tancock's Loughborough University teammate Kate Haywood celebrated her third Commonwealth Games appearance with her first individual medal, scooping bronze in the 50m Breaststroke.

The 23-year old, who struck silver in the same event at August's European Championships, finished in 31.17 behind Australia's gold and silver medallists Leiston Pickett (30.84) and Leisel Jones (31.10).

Competing in their first major championship finals, England's Achieng Ajulu-Bushell (31.56) fininshed fifth while Scotland's Kathryn Johnstone (32.19) was seventh.

England's Stephanie Millward became the first British women's disabled swimmer to win a Commonwealth medal in the S9 50m Freestyle.

The 29-year old qualified third fastest from the morning heats and lived up to her ranking in the final, touching home in 26.69 behind South Africa's ten-time Paralympic champion Natalie Du Toit (29.17) and Australia's Annabelle Williams (29.42).

While the home nations swimmers lifted another five medals, a number of British competitors booked places in tomorrow's finals.

Scotland's Michael Jamieson (1:00.24) knocked 0.6 off his personal best to qualify fourth fastest for the 100m Breaststroke final. Jamieson will be joined by Scottish record holder Kris Gilchrist (1:01.38) as well as England's British record holder Dan Sliwinski (1:01.60).

Halsall (55.10) returned to the water to qualify third fastest for the 100m Freestyle final. The European champion will be joined by two England teammates in the shape of Amy Smith (55.18) who qualified fifth fastest and 16-year old Emma Saunders (55.85) who smashed her personal best to squeeze in eighth fastest.

World and European champion Gemma Spofforth (1:01.05) and Welsh record holder Georgia Davies (1:01.14) made the final of the 100m Backstroke while England's Antony James (24.40) was the eighth fastest qualifier for the 50m Butterfly.

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    11.16am 5th October 2010
    Tracey from SportPark, Loughborough

    Congratulations and well done

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