Taylor breaks British record to complete clean sweep

14th April 2014

Sophie Taylor and Jazz Carlin were in record-breaking form as British swimmers set the standard with 100 days to go until the start of the Commonwealth Games.

Taylor set a British 100m Breaststroke record to complete her hat-trick of British breaststroke titles while Carlin produced the fastest time this year in the 800m Freestyle on the penultimate day of the 2014 British Gas Swimming Championships in Glasgow.

City of Leeds’ Taylor had to swim under the British record that she set last year to finish within the English nomination time. Having already won the 50m Breaststroke and set an English record en route to the 200m title, Taylor finished in 1:07.08 to complete the set.

“I can’t believe I’ve won all three British breaststroke titles. I didn’t expect it at all, especially the 200m, but it’s absolutely amazing,” said a delighted Taylor.

“Coming into the race I knew I had to break my own record to get the nomination time and after such a long week I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. But I did it and I’m over the moon.”

Corrie Scott (Edinburgh University) and Molly Renshaw (British Gas National Centre Loughborough) both lowered their personal bests set in qualification to finish in 1:08.77 and 1:08.94 respectively.

Carlin led from the front to break her own Welsh record and set the fastest 800m Freestyle time in the world this year in 8:18.36.

The Swansea University swimmer said: “I’m really surprised with how that went. I knew it was going to be a tough race and to come away with a new PB is great.

“Last year it was about pushing the 8.18s and now it’s about making sure I can compete with the top of the world which last year was 8.13.

“There’s going to be a lot of great swimmers taking part in the Commonwealth Games so I’m going to get as much race experience as I can to ensure I can compete with them and hopefully get on the podium.”

Silver was won by Eleanor Faulkner (City of Sheffield) in 8:32.99 and Jessica Thielmann took bronze in 8:35.47.

In the 100m Butterfly Millfield’s James Guy swam a massive personal best to take the title in 52.55.

Having already lowered his PB during qualification, Guy, who broke the British 400m Freestyle Record earlier this week, swam a great final 10m to finish 0.02 seconds in front of Adam Barrett (British Gas National Centre Lougborough) in 52.57. Barrett’s teammate Thomas Laxton finished third in 52.75.

Guy said: “I’m absolutely ecstatic. I had no idea where I was in the last 5m and I certainly didn’t know what sort of time it was so when I saw the board it was great.

“Getting a PB in the qualifiers was definitely a confidence boost but to go on and win it was brilliant.”

In another extremely close race City of Derby’s Adam Peaty finished 0.02 ahead of 100m Breast champion Ross Murdoch (University of Stirling) to take the British 50m Breaststroke title in 27.43.

Peaty, who already has two silver medals from the Championships, said: “It was a great race between me and Ross. We’re great friends and always have good battles, and I’m sure it will be the same in the summer.”

British Gas National Centre Loughborough swimmer Andrew Weatheritt finished just behind in a personal best 27.64.

Defending champion Francesca Halsall took her third gold of the competition in an all-English 100m Freestyle final.

While she narrowly missed the Commonwealth nomination time, Halsall finished ahead of British Gas National Centre Loughborough team mate Amy Smith in 54.12.

Smith, who won silver in the 50m Butterfly, finished in 54.94 while Rebecca Turner (City of Sheffield) won bronze (55.40).

Halsall, who swims in the 50m Backstroke final tomorrow, said: “The time wasn’t quite as fast as I wanted but it’s been like that all week. I just have to keep my focus for tomorrow and then go back and see how I can improve my times.”

Middlesborough’s Aimee Willmott had a strong final 10m in the 200m Butterfly to take her second gold of the week. Her personal best 2:07.97 was below the England nomination time.

Willmott said: “I’m really, really happy with that. I thought I was out in front but when I saw the time I was really shocked.

“I’m so chuffed with the times I am getting, which are the product of great competition and hard training.”

Tilly Gray (British Gas National Centre Bath) finished in 2:10.59 to take silver and Elena Sheridan (British Gas National Centre Loughborough) finished in 2:10.81 for the bronze.

Having broken the two-minute marker for the first time to qualify first for the final, University of Stirling’s Charlie Boldison landed his first British title with 200m Backstroke gold.

Boldison was the last to turn at the at the 100m mark but had a great last 50m to win in 1:59.40.

“At the half way stage I knew I had a lot to do, but I have a strong back end and knew I could finish if I pushed myself” said Boldison.

Plymouth Leander’s Joseph Patching finished in 1:59.54 to win silver and Cockermouth’s Luke Greenbank won bronze in a personal best 1:59.87.

With the crowd supporting him all the way Paralympic, world and European champion Oliver Hynd finished the SB8 200m Individual Medley in 2:26.49.

Having already posted an English nomination time in the qualifiers, Hynd lowered it again during the final.

The Nova Centurion swimmer said: “As the only swimmer in the field it was always going to be tough but I wanted to do my best and am pleased to have got the nomination time.

“The crowd was brilliant. Support is always great but it is even more important when you are swimming on your own and it really helped.”

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