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SWIMMING: England duo showing good form in build-up to Games

Bath University's Siobhan-Marie O'Connor during the women's open 200m IM  heats at Manchester Aquatics Centre

Bath University's Siobhan-Marie O'Connor during the women's open 200m IM heats at Manchester Aquatics Centre

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and Adam Peaty both made comfortable progress through the heats in the opening session of the 2014 British Gas International Meet in Manchester as they continued their preparations for the Commonwealth Games.

London 2012 Olympian O’Connor qualified fastest in her preferred 200 metres individual medley - one of the events in which she was recently crowned British champion - with a time of two minutes 11.12 seconds.

The 18-year-old had already topped the 100m freestyle qualifiers, posting a personal best time of 54.88secs.

British title and record-holder Peaty, 19, was fastest in the 50m breaststroke heats on 27.50secs.

The meet is where the Team England pair are having their last competitive swim before their debut Commonwealth Games, which get under way in Glasgow on July 23.

O’Connor, who finished ahead of Scotland’s British record-holder Hannah Miley in the medley event, told Press Association Sport: “I was really happy with that (the medley race) - it was a good, solid heat swim.

“This is the last competition before the Games so it is the final push. It is good to come here and race some of my main competitors that I will be up against in Glasgow.

“I definitely think I’ve made a big step up this year in performance terms. I’ve been able to push up the intensity, and the Commonwealth Games is going to be huge.”

Peaty said of his individual race: “I think it went really well.

“I had a good Mare Nostrum series where I broke two British records (50m and 100m breaststroke) and then a really good 50 here, and it is just through hard training. It is looking good.

“I have had a really good winter and it is all paying off. I’m taking some momentum through to the Commonwealths, and I think it will be a really good one.”

Peaty’s Scotland rival Ross Murdoch finished third in the 50m breaststroke qualifying on 28.19secs.

Wales’ Georgia Davies was also among those qualifying fastest for tomorrow morning’s first round of finals, doing so in the 50m backstroke - the event she holds the British record in - in 28.26secs.

 

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