Simmonds lands World Cup gold in Beijing
Elizabeth Simmonds won 50m Backstroke gold on the opening day of the Beijing FINA World Cup (25m) on a day when British swimmers won six medals.
Simmonds, who followed up her victory with 200m Backstroke bronze, was joined on the podium in China by Sophie Allen, Michael Jamieson, and Francesca Halsall.
The British Gas ITC Bath swimmer stormed through the two lengths to secure her 50m Back title in 26.83 ahead of China’s Yuanhui Fu (26.95) and Ukraine’s Daryna Zevina (27.07).
Her bronze was in the closing stages of the final session and saw her touch in 2:04.14 behind Zevina (2:01.47) and Australia's Emily Seebohm (2:03.95).
Simmonds’ clubmate Allen continued to impress in the World Cup series with silver and bronze in the 100m Breaststroke and 200m Individual Medley respectively.
Allen finished in a British record 1:05.74 over 100m Breast and 2:06.71 in the 200m IM.
World bronze medallist Halsall secured 50m Freestyle silver after touching in 24.04, just behind Australia's Cate Campbell (23.65).
Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson continued his medal run with silver in the 200m Breaststroke, clocking 2:04.16 with Hungary's Daniel Gyurta first in 2:03.09.
Roberto Pavoni finished fourth in the 400m Individual Medley with a personal best 4:08.35 and later secured seventh in the 200m Butterfly in 1:55.69.
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor just missed the medals with fourth place in the 200m Freestyle with a personal best time of 1:55.26 while Hannah Miley finished in 1:57.00 in sixth place. O’Connor later finished in fifth in the 200m Individual Medley touching in a PB 2:07.28.