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Gibson takes GB post

Former 50 metres breaststroke world champion James Gibson has been appointed as the interim sprint coach at Loughborough.

The 32-year-old has been in Marseille for six years, as both a swimmer and a coach, and his role will begin on December 3 with Ben Titley having left Loughborough after 16 years for Canada, British Swimming have announced.

During his time heading up the sprint programme at the CN Marseille club, athletes under Gibson's guidance won 19 international medals including gold in the 50m freestyle by Florent Manaudou at the 2012 Olympics.

He has also been part of the Dutch coaching team since 2010, guiding the women's sprint freestyle relay squad to two world titles as well as Olympic silver.

Following Great Britain's below-par showing in London, UK Sport have yet to announce what funding will be allocated to the sport but once this has been announced the make-up of the sprint programme - which will cover all four strokes - will be finalised.

National performance director Michael Scott identified men's freestyle sprinting as an area that needed attention earlier this year, his concern borne out in London when the sprint relay failed to make the final and Adam Brown was the only representative in the individual 50m and 100m free events, coming 20th in both.

Scott said: "As a swimmer Gibson's background is first class and although he is a young coach, his experience in working with the world-renowned sprint programme in Marseille and his role with the Dutch swimming team over the last two years have provided him with great skills to help British Swimming lift its performances in the sprint events."

Gibson added: "Britain has an excellent history in swimming and I am looking forward to coming home to lead the sprint programme in Loughborough and playing an important role in its future development."