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World and European records tumble on day one of Championships

18 Jun 2010
World and European records fell on day one of the British Gas Masters and Senior Age Group Swimming Championships 2010, taking place at Tollcross Leisure Centre in Glasgow.

Spencer Swim Team set the world record in the Men’s 800m Freestyle Team event (240+ years) as Gavin Barlow, Graham Short, Geoff Stokes and Tony Cherrington touched in a time of 10:43.69.

Delighted with the result Barlow said: “It was awesome! The guys all swam superbly and I was surprised how fast they were.

“We were confident coming into the race and it’s great to get the victory. From here we just need to go back into training and focus on swimming faster and retaining the record.”

The Team event also saw world records claimed by REN96 (Christopher Grabham, Gerard McGauley, Nick Valentine and Philip Muspratt) who swam in the 100+ years touching in a time of  9:22.94 and Otter (David Warren, John Talbott, Matthew Burgham and Robert Williams) who touched in 8:27.22 in the 120+ years group.

Judith Hattle stole the show on the women’s side as the 50-year-old, swimming for Hadrian Masters, swam to a new European record in the Women’s 400m Individual Medley (50-54 years). Hattle touched in a time of 5:51.60 to take gold.

“It’s great - I was hoping for a new record but I definitely wasn’t expecting it,” she said. “It’s three seconds faster than the last time I swam it which is brilliant.”

“We are going to the Worlds in Gothenburg later this year so this is a nice starting point. I’m going to go back to training, work on the back end of the race a bit more so I can have a better finish and then hopefully I can get an even better time in Sweden.”

REN 96 claimed the European record in the Men’s 800m Freestyle Team event (200+ years). The quartet of Mohammed Allam, Stuart McPhail, Graeme Schreiber and Eddie Riach touched in 10:14.16 to take gold.

Speaking afterward Riach said: “We were surprised but delighted with that result. We knew we had a strong team and we were going for the British record so to get the European one is brilliant.

“It’s a great way to start our British Masters campaign.”

Teammate Schreiber added: “We want to bring the trophy back to Scotland!”

Joanna Corben swam to a new British Record in the Women’s 50m Backstroke event. The Royal Navy swimmer, competing in the 40-44 years age group, swam ahead of the rest of the field and was over two seconds faster than her closest rival. She touched in 33.38 to take the title and the record.

City of Chester’s Thomas Walker scooped a new British record in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke. The 75-year-old took the title in 1:38.61, knocking almost nine seconds off the previous record.

A tight race ensued in the final heat of the Men’s 100m Breaststroke as David Warren (Otter) and Nick Gillingham (Walsall) fought to touch the wall first. Gillingham, swimming in the 40-44 years age group finished in 1:09.71 just under two tenths of a second ahead of his younger opponent who was swimming in the 35/39 category.

Lee Peterson, swimming for Braintree, was just shy of a new British record when he swam in the Men’s 50m Backstroke. The 36-year old took gold in his age group with a time of 29.09 ahead of Andrew Aitken (Otter) who took silver in 29.79.

Susan Halter of Camden Swiss was the oldest competitor of the day at 83 years of age. The 50m Backstroke swimmer touched in 1:06.73 to win gold ahead of Motherwell’s Janet Stobie, aged 81.

For a full list of results please click here.

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