Swimming: Proud's shining Paris debut

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Britain enjoyed a successful first day in the Paris leg of the FINA World Cup, with one silver medal, two bronzes and two personal best times, as well as a fourth place for the 13-year-old Stephanie Proud.

Mark Foster won silver in the final of the 50m butterfly in a time of 23.63sec. He finished behind Australia's world record holder Geoff Huegill, who won in 23.03.

Karen Pickering won two bronze medals, finishing third in the 200m freestyle in 1min 57.85sec, behind Yu Yang of China (1.55.81). Pickering also finished third in the 50m freestyle, in a personal best time of 25.44. Slovakia's Martina Moravcova took gold in a time of 24.95.

However, the story of the meeting for Britain had to be the superb debut performance in a senior international event for Chester-le-Street's Proud.

Making the final of the 200m backstroke had been her goal. She entered in eighth place and knocked two seconds off her personal best to finish fourth in 2.12.04.

Zoe Baker achieved a personal best time in the 100m breaststroke, coming sixth in the final in 1.09.14.

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