Adlington secures first victory in Manchester
5 March 2011
Double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington and Commonwealth champion Robbie Renwick took the first two gold medals of the British Gas Swimming Championships 2011 in Manchester.
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Reigning Olympic 400m Freestyle champion Adlington won the final with a strong swim that saw her lead the world class field from the first 100m.
I wanted to get in and swim well but to do it in 4.02 is amazing!
Adlington settled into her steady stroke early into the race and looked comfortable as she held a one second lead at the half way point.
As the race entered the final 100m the Commonwealth champion held a three second lead over the field and look on course to set an impressive time. She touched in a time of 4:02.84 which is the seventh fastest time in British history.
After the race she was asked how she felt about swimming the fastest time this year and she said: “It’s scary when you say it like that. I wanted to get in and swim well but to do it in 4.02 is amazing. I was trying to pick it up in the last 50 so Jazz & Keri-anne didn't catch me.
“I'm working really hard at the moment. I've found a balance after last year and I'm enjoying my racing again. I'm taking the pressure off myself so I can enjoy it again.”
Commonwealth medallist Jazmin Carlin secured silver with a new Welsh record of 4:05.51and Keri-anne Payne won the bronze in a personal best of 4:07.93, slicing three seconds of her previous personal best.
Commonwealth 200m Freestyle champion Robbie Renwick took the victory in the men’s 400m Freestyle but just missed out on the qualifying time for the World Championships.
The 200m is my focus but the 400m was good to win and a great start to the week.
Renwick swam a steady first 200m and found himself against the likes of Ieuan Lloyd and Lewis Smith for the first half of the race.
The final 200m saw Renwick come into his own and his power showed through. He looked strong in the final length of the pool and powered on to take the victory by just one second.
The Glasgow swimmer won in a time of 3:51.90 and afterwards commented: “The 400m is always cat and mouse. I knew I needed to break with 50m to go so I'm happy with that.
“The 200m is my focus but the 400m was good to win and a great start to the week. I'm a bit bothered about the time but with all the focus on the 200m it’s inevitable my 400m will suffer.”
Silver went to Ieuan Lloyd in 3:52.62 and bronze was taken by Joshua Walsh in 3:52.74.
Antony James will go into the final of the men’s 50m Butterfly ranked number one after finishing in a time of 24.44.
Commonwealth champion Hannah Miley secured the fastest time for the final of the women’s 200m Individual Medley with a time of 2:13.83.