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5 October 2010 | PR 10/151

Loughborough Swimmers become Commonwealth Champions

Liam Tancock

Liam Tancock.

In the space of an astonishing 20 minutes at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi today, Loughborough swimmers won three medals in consecutive finals, including England’s first two golds at the Games.

Fran Halsall got the second day finals off to a great start by setting a British Record (26.24) in the women's 50m fly to become the Commonwealth Champion. Fran had won the first England gold of the games and will now go away and prepare for the semi finals of the 100m free later in the session.

Showing the BBC her gold medal, Halsall was visibly delighted with her success, “I did not expect to win it. When I saw I had, I thought ‘woo-hoo, that's cheeky’. I enjoy being the underdog. I changed my start a bit tonight and I got it right and did a good finish. It's just nice to see the English flag go up. The atmosphere in here is great.”

Next in the pool was the World Record holder and World 50m Champion Liam Tancock, in the men's 50m backstroke. Liam dominated the field from lane 7, leading from the start he produced a superb performance to become the Commonwealth Champion and set a new Commonwealth Record time of 24.62. It’s only Day Two and it’s Tancock’s second medal of the Games already, having won silver with Loughborough’s Grant Turner in the Men’s 4x100m freestyle relay yesterday.

Kate Haywood continued the Loughborough success by taking on the three Australian swimmers in the women's 50m breast. In a pulsating race Kate pushed the Australians all of the way through to the wall eventually winning a bronze in 31.17. 

Kate said she was "chuffed" and "shocked" with her bronze, especially having suffered a terrible injury earlier in the year, which meant that she could not kick whilst swimming for six months.

Follow all the action on http://www.lboro.ac.uk/delhi2010 and on our live twitter updates: @lborocwg2010.

Thanks to www.loughboroughswimming.com for their help.

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Rob Knott
PR Officer (Sport)
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228686
E: R.A.Knott@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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