Lancaster Olympians star in the pool

Lancaster and Great Britain's Glen Robinson (blue cap) battles for the ball against Romania in the mens Water Polo preliminary group B match.Picture: PA
Lancaster and Great Britain's Glen Robinson (blue cap) battles for the ball against Romania in the mens Water Polo preliminary group B match.Picture: PA
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LANCASTER swimmer Rob Bale will compete in an Olympic final on Tuesday night after Team GB’s 4x200 freestyle relay team finished fifth quickest in the heats.

Bale, now based in Stirling, Scotland for training, but whose home is Stanmore Drive, Lancaster, swam an excellent third leg as the team made tonight’s medal decider, which is expected to go off at around 8.45pm at the Aquatics Centre.

Lancaster and Great Britain's Rob Bale swims the third leg of the Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay Heats at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park, London. Picture: PA

Lancaster and Great Britain's Rob Bale swims the third leg of the Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay Heats at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park, London. Picture: PA

Great Britain’s women’s water polo team, featuring two Lancaster Water Polo club players, narrowly lost their first ever match at the Olympics on Monday night.

Alex Rutlidge and former Heysham High School pupil Beckie Kershaw played as Team GB lost out 7-6 to Russia at the Water Polo Arena in their first Group B fixture.

The girls fought hard against their much-fancied opponents who scored the winner three minutes from time through Evgeniya Ivanova.

The men’s team, who included Lancaster players Glen Robinson, Ciaran James and Alex Parsonage, opened their London 2012 campaign with a 13-4 defeat to Romania at the Water Polo Arena the previous evening, Sunday.

The men’s team continue their campaign against Serbia at 6.20pm on Tuesday night and the women’s next game is against Australia at 7.40pm on Wednesday.