David Cumberlidge wins 50m Free gold in EdinburghMarch 3, 2018
David Cumberlidge lead home an all-English podium to claim the 50m Freestyle title at the British Swimming Championships 2018 in Edinburgh.
The English swimmer, who trains at Edinburgh University, set a season’s best to take the touch in 22.28.
“I’m really happy with that,” said Cumberlidge. “I wanted to practice a good race and a good 50 and practice my skills in doing it and I came out on top.”
Southport’s Lewis Burras, the only swimmer to beat Cumberlidge in the 100m Free on the opening night, took silver in 22.79.
Meanwhile, Plymouth Leander’s Tom Fannon – who will compete alongside Cumberlidge for Team England on the Gold Coast next month – came home for bronze in 22.94.
Both Cumberlidge and Fannon set their 50m Freestyle PBs in 2017.
The pair will swim alongside reigning Commonwealth champion and world bronze medallist Ben Proud for England in Australia.
Brodie Williams takes title in 200m Back
There was also an English champion in the men’s 200m Backstroke as Brodie Williams won gold.
While Germany’s Christian Diener (1:59.36) touched first in the final, Millfield swimmer Williams was the first British swimmer home in 2:00.29.
Loughborough University’s Luke Greenbank looked strong in the last 50m as he came through for silver in 2:00.37 while Wales’ Xavier Castelli took bronze in 2:00.58.
“I’m pretty happy to get that,” said Williams. “Obviously it was a hard race but I’m happy to come away with the title.”
There were another two English medals in the 200m Breaststroke as Molly Renshaw and Katie Matts both reached the podium.
Rio 2016 Olympic finalist Renshaw, who will compete for Team England at the Commonwealths next month, stopped the clock on 2:26.11 while Matts was the third Brit home on 2:28.24.
Wales’ Chloe Tutton won the British crown in 2:25.69 while Spain’s Jessica Vall – world bronze medallist in 2015 – was first to the wall in 2:24.92.
Jay Lelliott doubles up with 800m Free gold
Jay Lelliott won his second gold of the meet with victory in the 800m Freestyle.
Adding to his 400m Free crown from day two in Edinburgh, the City of Sheffield swimmer dominated the fastest heat to take the touch in 7:57.31.
Bath University’s Tom Derbyshire – silver medallist in this event at the 2016 European Juniors – was next best from the British challengers on 8:02.47.