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Swimming: British duo bag gold and silver at Euro Championships

August 13, 2010

Britain’s Gemma Spofforth and Lizzie Simmonds produced tremendous displays at the Euro Championships in Budapest, bringing home gold and silver respectively in the backstroke event.

Gemma-Spofforth-and-Lizzie-Spofforth was looking to vindicate Simmond’s gold in the 200m event on Monday which left her in second place.

It was a case of role reversal in the backstroke, both girls out to nab first spot, in a Championship where the British team have so far won 12 medals, five of them coming in yesterday’s (Thursday 12) events.

At the 50m mark, Spofforth was in second place, but took a superb turn and broke away into the lead with her British counterpart Simmonds hot on her tail. It certainly looked like another British one-two, but it was hard to tell who would have the final push to secure the gold.

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World record holder Spofforth seemed to have that little bit extra and managed to hold on by the skin of her teeth to finish first with a time of 59.80, with Simmonds taking silver in 1:00.14. The bronze medal was awarded to Germany’s Jenny Mensing with a time of 1:00.72.

Spofforth felt all eyes were on her, but was pleased with the final result:

“As a world record holder there’s always a little bit more pressure but I like to start from scratch and every time I imagine I’m starting out again. I felt like I had some speed tonight but knew that Lizzie was pushing me all the way and at the end I just went for the wall as hard as I could.”

Team mate Simmonds thinks Great Britain has yet again raised the bar for swimming on a national scale:

“To get another one-two just shows how strong a backstroke nation Great Britain is, although this time it was Gemma who took the gold with a great swim. I went out as hard as I could and swam my own race to win another medal.”

Lisa Warman, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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