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Great Britain ‘on the up’ after sealing World Series silver medal

Great Britain’s artistic swimmers have proved they are ‘on the up’ after winning another silver medal at the FINA World Series in Paris.

A year after finishing second in the combination final in the French capital, Britain again took a spot on the podium.

The team of Isobel Blinkhorn, Millicent Costello, Daisy Gunn, Cerys Hughes, Cerys Larsen, Daniella Lloyd, Kate Shortman, Robyn Swatman, Isabelle Thorpe and Laura Turberville bettered their 2019 score of 81.6667 by 1.1 points as they finished second behind Ukraine with a total of 82.7667.

Their performance was praised by Karen Thorpe, Swim England’s Artistic Swimming Manager, who hailed the team’s rapid progress from the junior to senior ranks.

She said: “That was a really great end to the competition.

“This team swam last summer in the European Junior Championships in Prague and have improved by more than a mark in combo and more than two marks in free.

“They have perfected a whole new routine since then as well. Great Britain are definitely on the up.”

The free team of Blinkhorn, Costello, Isobel Davies, Hughes, Larsen, Lloyd, Swatman and Turberville finished fourth in the free final.

They scored 80.8333 points to finish 3.7 behind third-placed Israel and 13.7667 adrift of gold medallists Ukraine.