Brown beats British sprint record in Sheffield
26th June 2013
Adam Brown broke Mark Foster’s five-year old British record to take 50m Freestyle gold on the opening night of the British Gas Swimming Championships 2013.
Ducking under Foster's mark of 21.96, Brown touched in 21.92 to finish ahead of Ben Proud of Plymouth Leander in 22.01 and Andrew Weatheritt of Loughborough University in 22.62.
Training has been going really well, I've actually been focusing more on the 100m so that was a bonus tonight - Adam Brown
Having ducked under the qualification standard for the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona this summer, Brown was thrilled with his time. "It's been four or five years since I last swam a PB so I am really happy.
"Mark Foster was my role model growing up so to beat his time here is crazy,
"Training has been going really well, I've actually been focusing more on the 100m so that was a bonus tonight."
With the top four qualifying within 0.6 seconds in the heats, the final of the men's 400m Freestyle lived up to expectations with Robbie Renwick defending his title in 3:47.02 ahead of Daniel Fogg; both swimmers dipping under the qualifying standard for the Worlds.
City of Glasgow's Renwick led from the start and put clear water between himself and the chasers, Fogg, Nick Grainger, James Guy and Matthew Johnson.
In the last 100m, Loughborough ITC’s Fogg found an extra gear and pushed ahead to take the silver in an English record 3.47.57 ahead of Guy (3.48.21 PB).
"I felt like I fell apart of the last 50m," said Renwick, "But I'm happy to make the qualifying time and I know there are more improvements I can make.
"I felt anxious about tonight's race as there is some real talent and depth in this event now. At the end of the race it was very open with a number of people in with a shout.
"I'm delighted to qualify for my fourth world champs. To represent your country is massive and I just hope to step up again in Barcelona."
Dan Sliwinski (Stirling ITC) also broke a British Record as he claimed gold in the 50m Breaststroke, touching first in 27.40.
"That was amazing," he said. "I had a few issues in the last year but to do that I can now put it behind me. I can move on and focus on next season.
"I've had a long time off and that swim came off just two months training so I'm looking forward to next year so I can get back to swimming what I'm capable of."
Adam Peaty (City of Derby) took the silver in a personal best 27.58 and Sliwinski's Stirling ITC team mate Ross Murdoch took the bronze in a Scottish record 27.67.
Francesca Halsall proved she was still the British speed queen taking the title in the 50m Freestyle.
After posting the fastest time in the morning's heats, she did the same in both the semi and finals to win the eighth British 50m Freestyle title of her career in 24.54.
Halsall's British Gas ITC Loughborough training partner Amy Smith took silver in 24.98 while Emma Wilkins, of Loughborough University, was third in 25.31.
Swansea ITC butterfly specialist Jemma Lowe looked comfortable, qualifying fastest in the semi finals of the 200m Fly. She will go into tomorrow’s final in lane four after qualifying in 2.08.79 ahead of Romford Town's Elena Sheridan who finished in a personal best 2.10.39.
Sophie Allen of Bath ITC won her semi-final with a PB 2.10.46 ahead of Tilly Gray (Loughborough University) who touched in 2.10.83.
Allen also posted fastest time 100m Breaststroke time of the night , winning her semi in 1.08.57, beating Georgina Evans (City of Liverpool) into second on 1:08.61 PB.
Bath University's Stacey Tadd swam to a new 100m Breaststroke personal best winning the first semi final in 1.08.69, shaving 0.05 off her previous lifetime best.
Roberto Pavoni was the fastest qualifier in the men's 200m Butterfly, booking his place in tomorrow's final in a time of 1.57.16 while Joseph Roebuck (Bath ITC) won the first semi-final in 1.57.64 ahead of Warrender's Daniel Wallace (1.59.49).
Craig McNally dipped under 55 seconds for the first time to win the opening semi-final in a lifetime best of 54.98, beating Tancock (55.23) into second.
Walker-Hebborn though will go in lane four after he won his semi in a personal best 53.41 ahead of Marco Loughran (54.62).
Finally, Lizzie Simmonds (Bath ITC) qualified fastest for the 200m Backstroke final, winning her semi-final in 2.11.05 ahead of Jessica Fullalove (City of Manchester) in a PB 2.11.59.
Rachel Lefley posted a season's best time to win her semi-final in 2.12.29 to qualify third fastest.