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Glasgow to host Duel in the Pool
British swimmers will lead a team of European Allstars as they go
head-to-head with world number one swimming nation the USA at the Duel
in the Pool in December.
The biennial Duel in the Pool is a USA Swimming event designed to
showcase the sport's most exciting swimmers and will be co-hosted this
year by British Swimming, Glasgow Life on behalf of Glasgow City Council
Duel in the Pool 2013 will be held at Tollcross International Swimming
Centre, home to next year's Commonwealth Games swimming, on 20-21 December and provides a unique opportunity for fans to see the world's
greatest swimmers battle for supremacy in the pool.
Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson is one of those who will lead
the European challenge and he is looking forward to performing in front
of a home crowd.
"I watched Duel in the Pool four years ago when it was in Manchester and
it looked like a great event so I'm thrilled to be part of the team this
time around," said Jamieson.
"For me it will be special as it's being held in my home town of Glasgow
and it will be a great opportunity to try the newly refurbished pool
ahead of the Commonwealth Games next year.
"There's no doubt it will be a very tough event as the USA are the
strongest nation in world swimming but with an impressive European team
and with the backing of a passionate home crowd behind us we hope to
push them all the way."
British Swimming Chief Executive David Sparkes is delighted to see such
a high-profile event being staged once again in Britain.
"We are delighted to welcome some of the world's greatest athletes to
Glasgow to again see the best swimmers in Europe compete against the
greatest swimming nation in the world, the USA," said Sparkes.
"We look forward to seeing some great swimming with the potential for
world records in what we anticipate will be one of the fastest pools in
Both teams will include up to 22 men and 22 women each for the short
course (25m) meet with each event being a straight, head-to-head final.
Executive Director for USA Swimming Chuck Wielgus commented: "USA
Swimming is thrilled to continue the long-standing tradition of the Duel
in the Pool.
"We look forward to an extremely competitive meet, especially in the
duel format, and we're excited that the competition is moving to
Scotland for the first time in its history."
Glasgow is excited to be bringing Duel in the Pool to the city as it
offers another opportunity to witness world class sport ahead of next
summer's Commonwealth Games.
Councillor Archie Graham, Executive Member for Commonwealth Games 2014
and Chair of Glasgow Life, said: "We are delighted the fantastic Duel in
the Pool is taking place in Glasgow's Tollcross International Swimming
"In the lead up to Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, the City of Glasgow
will welcome a number of exciting sporting events, such as this, which
will further cement our position as one of the top 10 sporting cities in
"The Duel in the Pool is a brilliant opportunity for the people of
Glasgow and Scotland to come along, support the athletes and get a taste
of what to expect next year."
The event is also hosted by EventScotland and Chief Operating Officer
Paul Bush OBE is pleased that Tollcross continues to attract
high-calibre international events.
"Duel in the Pool is a world-class spectacle of swimming and will bring
some of the sport's top names to Glasgow, including a number of
medallists from London 2012," said Bush.
"As we approach 2014, when Scotland will host the Commonwealth Games, it
is hugely exciting to be able to confirm an event of this stature for
the newly refurbished Tollcross International Swimming Centre.
"The improvements to the venue have enabled us to attract major swimming
events like never before, such as Duel in the Pool and the 2015 IPC
Swimming World Championships. This gives an early indication of the
events legacy that we are starting to deliver from the Games."
Spectators wishing to see the action as the European Allstars takes on
the USA can register their interest at
Full athlete line-ups for both teams will be announced soon.