November 10 - Joe Roebuck and Lizzie Simmonds (pictured) led the way with gold as Britain won three medals on the first day of the FINA World Cup in Stockholm.

Loughborough University swimmer Roebuck was almost a second ahead of the rest of the 400 metres individual medley field in the short-course event to touch home in 4min 03.29sec.


Chad Le Clos of South Africa took the silver in 4:04.19 and Kyle Whitaker of the United States collected bronze in 4:08.15.
Simmonds, a member of the Intensive Training Centre (ITC) at Loughborough, then set a European record in the final of the 200m backstroke to win in 2:02.01.


Australian Belinda Hocking took the silver in 2:03.07 and Shiho Sakai of Japan was third in 2:04.77.
Michael Rock, from the ITC in Stockport, lowered the British record twice on his way to winning bronze in the 200m butterfly.
He qualified fastest for the final in 1:51.57 before finishing third in 1:51.32 in the fastest final of all time.


Gold went to Brazil’s Kaio Alemeida in a world record 1:49.11 and Nikolay Skvortsov of Russia took the silver in 1:50.75.

Fran Halsall , also from Loughborough ITC, became Britain’s first woman to dip below the 24-second barrier in the 50m freestyle as she set two national records on the way to a fifth place finish in 23.96.


Sweden’s Therese Alshammar won the gold in 23.75.