Simmonds leads British 1-2

SWIMMING: Lizzie Simmonds led Britain to a one-two finish in the 200m backstroke at the European Championships in Budapest yesterday.

Gemma Spofforth took silver as Simmonds, the world No1 at 200m this year, sealed gold in a time of two minutes 7.04 seconds.

Earlier in the day, Britain’s Liam Tancock battled to bronze in the 100m backstroke.
With two golds, two silvers and a bronze, Britain lie second, behind France, in the medal table.

Saracens set Wembley dates

RUGBY UNION: Saracens will play at Wembley again this season with two of their fixtures set to be held at the national football stadium.

The London club will return to Wembley for both their Heineken Cup match against Leinster on 16 October and their Aviva Premiership clash with Wasps on Boxing day.
Chairman Nigel Wray said: “We are delighted and we look forward to two more fantastic occasions.”

Ex-world champ found dead

ATHLETICS: Former 400m world champion Antonio Pettigrew was found dead yesterday.

Pettigrew, 42, captured the world title in 1991 and also formed part of the US 4x400m relay team who were stripped of their 2000 Olympics gold medal after he admitted doping.

He was found dead at the University of North Carolina (UNC), where he had been working as a coach for the last four years.