17 February 2020
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Swimming: Silver and gold for GB at European Championships

August 11, 2010

Lizzie Simmonds and Gemma Spofforth led the way to the finish in the 200m backstroke at the European Championships in Budapest, finishing first and second respectively. The win gives Simmonds her first international title and first time she has topped teammate and rival Spofforth.

Lizzie-Simmonds“That’s my first major medal and I’m thrilled,” said Simmonds (pictured). “That was a big swim for me in a major final and I’m so happy. I felt comfortable in the heats and semis but I knew the final was going to be a tougher challenge given the quality of the field.”

The new European champion finished in a solid 2:07.04, despite not being fresh for the event. “On that last length I was just waiting for Gemma to attack and gave it everything to keep her off,” said Simmonds. “We have a great rivalry and I’ve watched Gemma achieve so much but it was my turn tonight.”

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Spofforth finished just a second behind Simmonds at 2:08.25. She remains pleased with her performance, and is looking to peak at the Commonwealth Games in October. She commented, “It’s great for Britain to have those first two steps of the podium and I’m so happy for Lizzie – she works so hard and is very talented – she deserves it. Personally I didn’t know what to expect this week without a great deal of rest, but I’ll take that silver medal as that was a world class final.”

Also making Britian proud is Fran Halsall in the Women’s 100m Freestyle. She went through the semi-finals with the third fastest time in 54.16. Teammate Amy Smith barely missed joining her in the final with a time of 55.24. Diver Rebecca Gallantree competed in the Women’s 1m Springboard event for Britain and finished tenth overall with a score of 241.15.

Caitlin Ritchie, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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