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Personal bests aplenty for Brits on day three

28 August 2013

Hatfield’s Caleb Hughes swam a lifetime best to claim sixth placefor the British Gas GBR Swimming team in the 800m Freestyle final on day three of the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Dubai.

The European Junior Open Water medallist, improved on the time he set earlier this summer, to touch in 8.03.21.

“I’m a bit disappointed with the time,” he said.  “I wanted to go under eight minutes really.

“I felt good for the first 200-300 metres but the pace was just so fast and it felt really tough.

“It was still a lifetime best though so it was a good swim.”

The race was won by Australian Mackenzie Horton in a new Championship Record of 7.45.67, with Jan Micka (Czech Republic) taking silver in 7.56.33 and bronze went to Pawel Furtek of Poland in 7.58.33.

Grace Vertigans of Plymouth Leander, improved on her pre-race ranking to finish sixth in the 100m Freestyle final.

Touching in 55.52, Vertigans was just 0.1 seconds outside her lifetime best.

“I did better than I expected, I was ranked seventh ahead of the final and moved up to sixth which is positive,” she said. “I was really close to my PB, just .10 off but I’m disappointed to not beat it.

“I’m still learning to manage my nerves and competing here has really helped that.

“I stuck with the field for the first 50m and hung on as best I could for the back end.

“It was a great race with the winner setting a championship record and my training partner Ruta (Meilutyte) taking silver so hopefully I can learn from it and that will help me to move on.”

The race was won by Siobhan Haughey of Hong Kong in 54.47, with Meilutyte in second in 54.94 and Shayna Jack (Aus) third in 55.23.

City of Leeds swimmer Sophie Taylor smashed her personal best to book her slot in tomorrow night’s 100m Breaststroke final after qualifying second fastest in tonight’s semi.

Taylor took 0.4 off her lifetime best to touch in 1.07.76 behind Viktoriya Solnceva of the Ukraine.

Georgina Evans from the City of Liverpool is also through, ranked sixth, after touching in 1.09.13.

City of Manchester’s Jessica Fullalove finished in 10th place in the 200m Backstroke, touching in 2.13.70, just missing the cut for the final by 0.09 seconds. Charlotte McKenzie (FIRST) was 13th  overall in 2.14.42

Emma Day (Guildford City) finished 18th in the 50m Butterfly in 27.98 with Vertigans in 23rd in 28.81.

Nova Centurion’s Karl Morgan swam 23.78 to finish in 32nd place in the 50m Freestyle.

Head Coach Graeme Antwhistle said: “It was a quiet night for us due to our small team, but those who weren’t racing were in the crowd and they spurred on the swimmers in the pool.

“There were really strong swims from the girls getting through to the final of the 100m Breaststroke tomorrow, with Sophie setting a fantastic personal best.

“Caleb also swam a lifetime best and it’s great to see after a tough summer programme, our swimmers are still performing at their best.

“Grace raced tough in a very closely fought final of the 100m Free, she was also just outside her PB.

“It’s pleasing to see swimmers getting personal bests and progressing their times through the rounds form heats to semis to finals.

“If the swimmers are getting PBs in the finals, they are always going to be fighting for position.”

Mark Perry, Team Leader for British Swimming said: “It was a tough night of racing where we maximised on our chances to achieve some great personal bests .

“ And we had swimmers progress through the rounds to set themselves up for finals tomorrow.”
 

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