Liam Tancock and Ben Proud given Team GB World Cup tasks
Exeter-born Liam Tancock and Plymouth Leander's Ben Proud are two of a select group of British swimmers who have been picked to compete in the 2013 FINA World Cup tour this autumn.
Bath-based Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson, who is part of the European team taking on the USA at the Duel in the Pool in Glasgow in December, will be the busiest male member of the British team. He will travel to the legs in Moscow (October 12-13), Dubai (October 17-18 ), Doha (October 20-21), Singapore (November 5-6), Tokyo (November 9-10) and Beijing (November 13-14).
Jamieson's training partner Sophie Allen – who used six medals at last year's World Cups as a catalyst for a fine season which saw her reach the 200 metres Individual Medley final on her World Championship debut – will join him at all six legs.
Loughborough-based Tancock, five times a World Championship medal winner, will compete in Dubai and Doha, while Georgia Davies and Fran Halsall – a World Championship medallist in Barcelona earlier this year – have also confirmed their entries for the Dubai leg.
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Halsall will go on to compete in Singapore, Tokyo and Beijing alongside Jamieson, Allen, Roberto Pavoni, Lizzie Simmonds, Siobhan-Marie O'Connor and World Short Course champion Hannah Miley.
Teenage prospects James Guy and Proud – who both made their World Championship debuts in Barcelona earlier this season – will build on their elite-level experience with tour appearances.
Plymouth-based Proud is due to go to Moscow this weekend, while Singapore and Tokyo will be Guy's destinations. There are fitness concerns for Proud, though.
The teenager is due to be accompanied to Russia by Plymouth Leander's Lithuanian Olympic gold-medal winner Ruta Meilutyte, who is also suffering from a slight injury.
Leander and Team England coach Jon Rudd, who is also on his way to Russia, said: "I don't know how amazing Moscow is going to be for either Ruta or Ben. They've both had niggling injuries that aren't too bad – just annoying.
"Ruta has also had a heavy cold. We're still going to go, however, and we'll see what happens," he added. "They'll be able to shake some cobwebs off early in the season. Nobody else is going to be in their best shape in Moscow."