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Roebuck breaks British record in Istanbul

12 Dec 2009

Another British record was broken today by the British Swimming Team, powered by British Gas, as they took to the pool for the third time in Istanbul at the 13th LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships.

Another British record was broken today by the British Swimming Team, powered by British Gas, as they took to the pool for the third time in Istanbul at the 13th LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships.

Joe Roebuck followed yesterday’s fourth place finish with another one in the final of the Men’s 200m Butterfly. Touching in 1:51.27, Roebuck broke the British record but again missed out on the medals as Russia’s Nikolay Skvortsov set a new European record, with a time of 1:49.46, to take gold and Poland’s Pawel Korzeniowski finished in second with Austria’s Dinko Dukic in third.

But Roebuck was pleased with how he has performed throughout the Championships: “I’ve had three swims, made three finals,” said Roebuck. “It’s a personal best and a British record tonight so I can’t complain.”

“Obviously I’m disappointed to be going home without a medal, but that’s the way things go sometimes.”

Britain’s Craig Gibbons recorded and impressive sixth place finish in the final of the Men’s 100m Freestyle race. Setting a new personal best of 46.90 Gibbons looked strong in a race that saw Amaury Leveaux of France take gold in 45.56.

“I’m absolutely delighted with that,” said Gibbons. “Sixth in Europe, I can’t ask for more.

“I’m looking forward to get back into training so I can start to close the gap on some of the bigger guys.”

Ian Hulme reached his first senior international final this evening when he qualified in seventh for the Men’s 100m Individual Medley. The 25-year-old touched with a new personal best of 53.07 to get through to tomorrow’s final.

“I’m chuffed to bits with that,” said Hulme. “It’s my first senior international final and a 1.9 second PB which is great. That swim was dedicated to my granddad.”

Competing in her second final of the Championships, 18-year-old Sasha Mathews lined up in the Women’s 400m Freestyle. Touching in a personal best time of 4:04.74 the Nova Centurion swimmer finished in seventh place.

“It was good out there,” said Matthews, who made up three places on her qualifying position. “That last 100m I really put my foot down and I got another PB.”

“I’ve been training hard and I’m looking forward to getting in for the 200m tomorrow.”

The Welsh Women’s 100m Breaststroke record was broken by 22-year-old Lowri Tynan who clocked 1:06.85 in her semi final to rank 16th overall.

“I swam faster than this morning,” said Tynan. “It was pretty quick out there – everyone seems to be flying at this meet and I just wanted to try and stay with them.”
After qualifying for the semi finals of the Women’s 100m Butterfly in 58.49, Louise Pate swam a strong semi final race to touch in 58.49, but was unfortunately placed just outside of qualifying for the finals.
“It was really good,” said Pate. “I swam faster than this morning and moved up a couple of places so I’m happy with that.”

The semi finals of the Women’s 50m Backstroke saw two British competitors take to the blocks early in the evening. Georgia Davies touched in 27.42 with teammate Rachel Lefley finishing in 27.96, however neither time was good enough to see them progress to the final.

 “I swam a faster time than in the heats this morning and it was a PB so I can’t complain,” said Davies, who was just two places out of qualifying for the final.

Tomorrow will see Scotland’s Hannah Miley go in the Women’s 400m Individual Medley in an attempt to claim her second medal of the meet after taking bronze on Thursday in the 200m Individual Medley.

-ENDS-

The 13th LEN European Swimming Championships will run from Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th December in Istanbul, Turkey.
For further details contact Lauren Sanderson, British Swimming Media Assistant, on 07795 251 917 or email lauren.sanderson@swimming.org.

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