Gemma Spofforth sets pace in 100m backstroke

Gemma Spofforth looked in great form in the 100m backstroke at the British Swimming Championships in Sheffield

Gemma Spofforth looked in great form in the 100m backstroke at the British Swimming Championships in Sheffield

Just last week she was captaining her Florida University team to victory in the American collegiate championships. This week Gemma Spofforth is setting the pace at the British National Swimming Championships in Sheffield.

Swimming the fourth fastest time in the world this year, she cruised into the semi-finals of the 100m backstroke at the British Gas Championships on Tuesday March 30th.

The Portsmouth Northsea swimmer, who broke the world record on her way to winning the world title in Rome last summer, won her heat in 1min 0.62sec to set the fastest qualifying time of the morning session.

This evening all eyes will be on 16-year-old Achieng Ajulu-Bushell in the final of the women’s 50m breast stroke. The teenager competed for Kenya at last summer’s World Championships but has applied to switch her allegiance to England in time for the Commonwealth Games.

Her winning time of 31.04sec in Monday’s semi-finals was the second fastest in the world this year, though unfortunately the 50m breast stroke is not an Olympic event (100m is the shortest distance in breast stroke).