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Adlington and Jackson reach 400m Free final

26 Jul 2009
The opening day of the swimming programme at the FINA World Championships saw the British Gas swimming team qualify five final and three semi-final places after some strong performances through the morning.

The race that everyone’s eyes were on was the women’s 400m Freestyle with Olympic bronze medallist Jo Jackson and double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington facing up to world record holder Federica Pellegrini.

Adlington went in heat four and secured a time of 4:05.70 on her way to finishing second in her heat. Jackson was drawn in heat five and she led through the race as she won in a time of 4:03.48 and the final heat saw Pellegrini look to impress in front of her home crowd.

Pellegrini was turning under world record pace for the first 200m. She began to slow towards the tail end of the race but still posted a time of 4:01.96.

Pellegrini qualified fastest for this evening’s final with Jackson ranked in third place and Adlington in eighth as they set up what could be one of the fastest finals in history.

David Davies and Robbie Renwick both swam in heat number nine of the men’s 400m Freestyle and the race was a tough one for both athletes.

British record holder Davies swam close to his personal best and touched in fourth place in the heat with a time of 3:45.43 and qualified for the final as the sixth fastest athlete.

Renwick began the race well and was touching in fourth place within the first 200m but he finished in sixth place in a new personal best time of 3:46.75 and missed out on a final spot after finishing in 14th place overall.

The women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay team, which included Fran Halsall, Caitlin McClatchey, Katherine Wyld and Amy Smith, qualified in sixth place for the final after posting a new British record time of 3:37.02 in heat four.

The final event of the heat session was the men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay and the British Gas team featuring Adam Brown, Simon Burnett, Liam Tancock and Ross Davenport and they qualified for the final after finishing in third place overall. The team lowered the British record with a time of 3:11.62.

The first swimming event of the FINA World Championships was the women’s 100m Butterfly. Both Ellen Gandy and Jemma Lowe went into their heats looking to get fast times as they got their first international campaign since Beijing to a start.

Gandy was drawn into heat number nine and performed well but finished fifth in a race that saw a new Championship record set. The Olympian qualified for the semi-final in 13th place overall with a time of 58.07.

Lowe got off to a slow start in heat number ten and missed qualification to the semi-final as she finished in 17th place with a time of 58.60.

The men’s 100m Breaststroke saw James Gibson secure his place in this evening’s semi-final with a swim that knocked almost a second off his personal best time. He touched in a new British Record of 59.64 and qualified 11th fastest for the semi-final.

Kris Gilchrist swam in the penultimate heat and he finished in 28th place with a time of 1:00.81 and missed a semi-final place.

The women’s 200m Individual Medley saw Hannah Miley progress through to this evening’s semi-final as she finished in third place in heat seven. She qualified as fifth fastest with a time of 2:10.24.

World Open Water Champion Keri-Anne Payne finished in 24th place overall with a time of 2:14.17 and missed her semi-final place.

The men’s 50m Butterfly saw Ian Hulme make his World Championship debut and finish in 45th place with a new personal best time of 24.08.

-ENDS-

The British Gas Swimming Team set to compete in Rome comprises:

Rebecca Adlington – Nova Centurion
Jazmin Carlin – Swansea ITC
Jess Dickons – Stockton/Bath ITC
Ellen Gandy – Tritans, Melbourne
Fran Halsall – City of Liverpool/Loughborough ITC
Louise Henley - University of Edinburgh
Georgia Holderness – Millfield School
Jo Jackson – Derwentside/Loughborough ITC
Jemma Lowe – Stockton
Caitlin McClatchey - Loughborough University/Loughborough ITC
Hannah Miley – Garioch
Keri-Anne Payne – Stockport Metro/Stockport ITC
Lizzie Simmonds - Loughborough University/Loughborough ITC
Amy Smith - Loughborough University
Gemma Spofforth – Portsmouth Northsea/Florida
Stacey Tadd - University of Bath
Lowri Tynan - Wrexham
Katherine Wyld – Nova Centurion
Emma Wilkins – Plymouth Leander

Robert Bale - Loughborough University/Loughborough ITC
Adam Brown – Hatfield
Simon Burnett – Windsor
David Carry – Aberdeen Dolphins/Stockport ITC
Richard Charlesworth - Hatfield
Ross Davenport - Loughborough University/Loughborough ITC
David Davies – City of Cardiff /Loughborough ITC
James Gibson – Marseille
Kris Gilchrist – University of Edinburgh
James Goddard - Stockport Metro/Stockport ITC
Tom Haffield – City of Cardiff
Ian Hulme – City of Sunderland
Andy Hunter – Stirling Swimming/Stirling ITC
Marco Loughran – Guildford City
Michael Rock - Stockport Metro/Stockport ITC
Robbie Renwick – City of Glasgow
Joe Roebuck - Loughborough University
Lewis Smith – Warrender/Stirling ITC
Liam Tancock - Loughborough University/Loughborough ITC
Grant Turner - Loughborough University/Loughborough ITC
Chris Walker-Hebborn – Team Ipswich/Bath ITC
Richard Webb – University of Bath

Diving events take place from 17th – 25th July
Synchro takes place from 18th – 25th July
Open Water takes place from 19th – 25th July
Swimming takes place from 26th July – 2nd August

For further details contact British Swimming Media Officer Gemma Field on 01509 632238, 07917 726431 or email gemma.field@swimming.org

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