SPARKES PRAISES BEST EVER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM
04 Aug 2009
With the British Gas team ending the 13th FINA World Championships with the most successful British performance ever, David Sparkes, Chief Executive of British Swimming, has praised the team for their accomplishments.
Of the team’s performance Sparkes said: “The British Gas team made a huge and significant step forward in Rome at the 13th FINA World Championships. We aspire to be the best aquatics nation in the world by 2020 and this summer saw us make a massive step in that goal.”
“Rome proved to be the biggest and most competitive World Championships ever and the British Gas team took on the best in the world with even more determination than ever before. The achievements of our athletes and coaches was impressive and shows we are well on our way to London 2012.”
The British Gas team left Rome with four newly crowned World Champions as well as a number of silver and bronze medals in three disciplines.
Tom Daley secured the team’s first Championship title in the Men’s 10m Platform and open water swimmer Keri-Anne Payne quickly followed with a gold in the Women’s 10k Open Water swim.
The pool saw more gold medal action as Gemma Spofforth took top honours in the Women’s 100m Backstroke and Liam Tancock won the Men’s 50m Backstroke, both setting new World Records in the process. Joanne Jackson claimed silver medals in the 400m and 800m Freestyle events as well as a bronze in the 4x200m Freestyle relay. Francesca Halsall added to the medal tally with a silver medal in the 100m Freestyle with Rebecca Adlington taking silver in the 400m Freestyle and also playing a part in the bronze medal winning relay team along with Jazmin Carlin and Caitlin McClatchey.
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