Carlin smashes Welsh record to land first British title
27th June 2013
Jazz Carlin proved she is back to her best by winning the 800m Freestyle final in a new Welsh record on the second night of the British Gas Swimming Championships in Ponds Forge, Sheffield.
The Swansea ITC swimmer led from the gun and set a new Welsh Record en-route to the top spot, touching in 8.18.58, the fastest time in the world this year, for the first British title of her career.
“I was really excited beforehand,” she said. “I’ve been training really hard with my coach (Bud McAllister) and it’s been going well.
“I was ready to race tonight but to knock six seconds off my best was unexpected.
I was ready to race tonight but to knock six seconds off my best was unexpected! - Jazz Carlin
“I had a difficult year last year but it gave me a new drive and new motivation and to get a best time, it’s great.”
City of Sheffield’s Ellie Faulkner repeated her result from last year to claim silver in 8.25.36, a new lifetime best which was also under the qualification standard for the World Championships.
[[widget1]]Jessica Thielmann of Newcastle also set a lifetime best take the bronze in 8.34.78.
Hannah Miley continued her reign as British 400m Individual Medley champion with her eighth consecutive victory at the British Championships.
Danielle Lowe led for the first 100m with a strong butterfly leg before Aimee Willmott took the lead in the backstroke. But true to form, Miley (Garioch) pulled back through the breaststroke to overtake the field and claim the gold in 4.35.67, under the qualifying standard for the World Championships.
I'm really happy with that - I was hoping to go quicker but the time I posted this morning was solid - Hannah Miley
Wilmott (Middlesborough) was second, touching in 4.38.95, also dipping under the qualifying standard with Lowe (Bebington) touching for bronze in 4.42.60 – a four second personal best.
“I’m really happy with that,” said Miley. “I was hoping to go a bit quicker but the time I posted this morning was solid.
“I went under the qualifying time for the worlds, that was my aim. Now I can relax a bit and enjoy the rest of the week.”
Chris Walker-Hebborn swam to his second lifetime best in two days to take gold in the 100m Backstroke event.
Breaking Liam Tancock’s four-year reign at the top, Walker-Hebborn took the win in 53.38 – 0.6 seconds within the World Championships qualification mark.
Tancock was second in a time of 54.11, just outside the required standard. Marco Loughran of Guildford was third in a Welsh record 54.26 - his first personal best for five years in this event.
“Words can’t describe it,” said Walker-Hebborn. “Things have been going really well in training after a tough couple of years but to come out and swim like that, two fastest times in two days, it’s great.
“I came here hoping for a 53.9 so to come away with 53.3 is fantastic.”
Loughborough ITC’s Daniel Fogg backed up his 400m English Record last night with another English record in the 800m Freestyle final.
Fogg, who has already qualified for the 10km open water event in Barcelona, took the lead early on and held on to take the gold in 7.51.60, a time comfortably under the qualifying standard for the World Championships.
“I don’t get to swim the 800m very often so it’s been a bonus to come here and get those times," said Fogg. “Everything is geared towards the 1500m so it’s great preparation.”
Fogg's teammate Jack Burnell won the silver in personal best 7.58.29 – also dipping under the Barcelona standard - while City of Sheffield’s Tom Sunter took the bronze in a lifetime best of 8.03.01.
Sophie Allen (Bath ITC) became just the third British female to swim below 1:08 as she took gold in the 100m Breaststroke in a personal best 1.07.70, under the qualification time for Barcelona.
“I’m really happy,” she said. “I’ve have been focusing on the 200m Fly more so to come here and win is brilliant.
Allen pushed hard in the final 15 metres to touch ahead of Team Bath’s Stacey Tadd who took silver in a personal best 1.08.11 while City of Leeds swimmer Sophie Taylor took a second of her lifetime best to take the bronze in 1.08.12.
Allen also set a personal best to claim silver in the 200m Butterfly behind gold medallist Jemma Lowe.
After a nail-biting four lengths, Lowe (Swansea ITC) eventually took the touch in 2:09.25 - narrowly outside the qualifying standard while Allen took the silver in 2.09.57 with Loughborough University’s Tilly Gray third in a personal best 2.10.45.
Lizzie Simmonds of Bath ITC took the victory in the 200m Backstroke final but just missed the qualifying standard.
Simmonds led from the gun and held off a strong challenge to out-touch Lauren Quigley (Stockport Metro) and finish in 2.10.08. Quigley took silver in a lifetime best of 2.10.15 with Jessica Fullalove (City of Manchester) also swimming a PB to win the bronze in 2.10.59
“It’s been a difficult year and a big transition, changing coaches and programmes,” said Simmonds. “I’ll sit down with my coach and look back at the race.
“I’ve got the 100m to go so I’m looking to that now.”
Roebuck turned first at the halfway stage and just pulled ahead in the final 100m to take the gold medal in 1.56.49 – just 0.01 outside the World Championship qualification time.
Pavoni touched in 1.57.34 to take the silver with Matthew Johnson in third in a personal best 1.57.92.
Olympic silver medallist Michael Jamieson (2:11.30) is safely through to tomorrow night’s final in the 200m Breaststroke, along with Robert Holderness, who swam a Welsh record time of 2:11.71, and Adam Peaty (2:12.27 PB).
Andrew Willis posted the fastest time in his semi final but was disqualified following a stroke infringement. Following an initial appeal, the decision now lies with the Jury of Appeal.
Having won 400m Freestyle gold on the opening night in Sheffield, Robbie Renwick is through to tomorrow night’s 200m Freestyle final after qualifying fastest in tonight’s semi finals in 1.47.76.
Bath ITC’s Calum Jarvis was second fastest in a new PB 1.48.01, with Ieuan Lloyd third fastest in 1.48.37.
Finally, City of Sheffield’s Rebecca Turner will be looking to defend her 200m Freestyle title after qualifying fastest ahead of tomorrow night’s final. She touched in 1.59.08 ahead of teammate Ellie Faulkner (1.59.50) and Edinburgh University’s Caitlin McClatchey (1.59.60).