Pavoni smashes PB for Worlds QT
29th June 2013
Roberto Pavoni smashed his personal best to take the gold in the 200m IM on day four of the British Gas Swimming Championships, in Ponds Forge, Sheffield.
Pavoni held a narrow lead at the halfway point before pulling away to take the win in 1:58.14 - comfortably within the 1:59.64 qualification standard for Barcelona.
In the battle for silver, City of Cardiff’s Ieuan Lloyd swam a Welsh record 1:58.63 to join Pavoni on the Worlds team while Warrender's Dan Wallace clocked a Scottish record 1:59.00 for bronze.
And having missed out on qualification in the 200m Butterfly earlier in the week, Pavoni admitted he was desperate to seal a qualification standard before the defence of his 400m Individual Medley title on day five in Sheffield.
“I was so disappointed after the not making the time in the 200m Butterfly this week so I was really motivated tonight,” said Pavoni.
The 200m has always been one of my favourite events - Roberto Pavoni
“The 200m has always been one of my favourite events although I have normally focused on the 400m.
“My training has been going well so I was ready for a drop this year and my coach, Kevin Renshaw, has been telling me for a while I have it in me but I was still quite surprised.
“My 400m IM has been good this season so hopefully I can come out and swim well tomorrow.”
The women’s 200m IM was a nail-biting affair with Bath ITC's Sophie Allen out-touching team mate Siobhan-Marie O’Connor to take her second gold of the week with both athletes securing the qualification standard for the World Championships.
Having won the 100m Breaststroke title on day two in Sheffield, Allen set a personal best 2.11.34 for gold ahead of O’Connor's 2.12.12 for silver and defending champion Hannah Miley (Garioch) in 2.12.77 for bronze.
“Our times were all similar so I knew that was going to be a bit of a scrap,” said Allen. “But I’m dead chuffed to have won it.
“The aim is to qualify for Worlds. I’m a bit disappointed with the time, I haven’t really improved much on last year’s time.
“I have moved on since then and I’m better than that so hopefully I can go quicker at Worlds.”
Jemma Lowe (Swansea ITC) added the 100m Butterfly title to the 200m Butterfly she won earlier this week and bagged her first World Championship qualification standard in the process, taking gold in 58.02.
Loughborough University’s Rachael Kelly claimed silver in a personal best 58.49 with teammate Tilly Gray third in 59.40.
“I’m so happy that I managed to do the time,” said Lowe. “I didn’t want to do what I did in the 200m and swim too slow.
“I’m sure I heard my mum in the last 15 metres and it made me push through the pain.”
Lauren Quigley claimed her first British Championships gold medal as she won 100m Backstroke gold and booked a spot on her first senior championship team.
I couldn't have done it without the support of my club and my parents - Lauren Quigley
The Stockport Metro swimmer touched in a personal best of 1.00.07 with Swansea ITC's Georgia Davies following her home in 1:00.13 to also beat the Worlds qualification standard of 1:00.43.
“I couldn’t have done it without the support of my club Stockport Metro and my parents,” said Quigley.
“I came here to swim fast so to hopefully make the team is a great bonus.”
City of Manchester's Jessica Fullalove set a personal best 1:00.48.
British 50m Freestyle record holder Adam Brown goes into tomorrow night’s final of the 100m Freestyle in lane four after qualifying fastest in tonight’s semi finals.
The Hatfield swimmer touched in 48.99, with City of Glasgow’s Robbie Renwick second in 49.63 and Ben Proud (Plymouth Leander) setting a personal best to go through third fastest in 49.66.
Molly Renshaw (Derventio) was the fastest qualifier from the semi finals of the 200m Breaststroke after posting 2.27.82.
Second through was Team Bath’s Stacey Tadd (2.28.39) with Sophie Taylor of Leeds third in 2.30.23.
With two semi-finalists under the Worlds qualifying standard in the semi finals, tomorrow's final of the men’s 100m Breaststroke is set to be a thrilling finale to the Championships.
Stirling ITC’s Ross Murdoch was fastest in a personal best 1.00.01 ahead of City of Derby’s Adam Peaty in a personal best 1:00.16 and Chris Steeples (City of Manchester) in a personal best 1.00.77.
Michael Rock flew under the qualification time to go through to the final of the 100m Butterfly ranked first.
City of Liverpool’s Rock touched in 51.91 ahead of Plymouth Leander’s Antony James with Loughborough University’s Adam Barrett third in 52.72 and 52.87 respectively.
Francesca Halsall also matched the required mark to qualify fastest for the final of the 100m Freestyle final tomorrow.
Finally, British 100m Backstroke champion Chris Walker-Hebborn eased into tomorrow’s final of the 200m Backstroke as fastest qualifier.
The Bath ITC swimmer clocked 1.57.73 ahead of Stirling ITC’s Ryan Bennett (1.58.85) and Warrender’s Craig McNally (1.58.44 PB).