Plymouth Leander trio storm into men’s 50m freestyle final in London


PLYMOUTH Leander swimmers dominated the heats of the men’s 50m freestyle event on the penultimate day of the British Swimming Championships in London.

Commonwealth Games champion Ben Proud was fastest into the final with a time of 22.16, but he was closely followed by two of his team-mates.

Junior Tom Fannon produced a great performance to clock 22.61 and qualify second fastest, with University of Plymouth student Levi Lucas (22.81) fourth quickest.

The trio will line up in lanes four, five and six in Friday night’s final.

Leander’s Singapore swimmer Darren Lim was third fastest 17/18 year old in 23.43.

In the women’s 50m freestyle, Emma England reached the girls’ (EG) final with a time of 26.39, which was good enough for 14th overall.

Shauna Lee was 11th overall in 26.27 and Juliette Casini 15th in 26.45.

Charlotte Atkinson and Laura Stephens both reached finals in the 100m butterfly.

Atkinson will swim in the main event after qualifying from the heats seventh fastest in 1:00.39.

Stephens was 12th overall and second fastest 15/15 year old. Lilly Parsons was eighth fastest 13/14 year-old.

Ruta Meilutyte put on an individual display in the heats of the women’s 100m breaststroke.

The world record holder, swimming in London for the first time since winning Olympic gold in 2012, clocked 1:06.87 for the two-length event.

However, as an international swimmer Meilutyte is not eligible to compete in Friday night’s final.

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