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Adlington shines to lead 13-medal haul for Brits

2nd June 2012

British swimmers dominated day one of the Barcelona leg of the Mare Nostrum series securing a haul of 13 medals that included five gold.

Double Olympic Champion Rebecca Adlington was the pick of some strong British performances as she won gold in the Women’s 800m Freestyle with an assured performance and a championship record of 8:19.86.

I never expected to finish in that sort of time given the training I've been doing at this stage of the season.

The British swimmer lead from the front and built up a lead of over two seconds at the half-way stage. Swimming for her club Nova Centurion, Adlington finished strongly ahead of Mireia Garcia Belmonte of Spain in 8:24.23. Keri-anne Payne of the British Gas ITC Stockport came home fourth in 8:41.50.

“I’m very pleased with that swim,” said Adlington. “To be honest I never expected to finish in that sort of time given the training I’ve been doing at this stage of the season.

“I swam here two years ago and went 8:21.00 off the same kind of preparation so to post that time tonight is a bit of a shock.

“I haven’t backed off this week and am training right through which makes this kind of performance even more surprising.“

In the Women’s 400m Individual Medley Hannah Miley (Garioch) and Aimee Willmott (Middlesborough) took gold and bronze respectively with Spain’s Belmonte separating them with silver.

Miley was chased closely by Willmott until the Scottish swimmer pulled out a lead at the end of the breaststroke leg. Miley looked in control as she continued to stretch the field and touched in 4:34.68, Belmonte took the silver in 4:39.06 and Willmott the bronze in 4:40.12.

Miley secured her second medal of a busy night at the Sant Andreu Club Natacio when she won bronze in the Women’s 200m Breaststroke after she was narrowly squeezed out of the silver medal.

Gold went to Marina Garcia of Spain in 2:24.83, Kierra Smith of Canada took the silver in 2:28.41, Miley the bronze in 2:28.49 and Stacey Tadd (University of Bath) was fourth in 2:28.63.

Chris Walker-Hebborn posted his fastest time of the season to take gold in the Men’s 200m Backstroke. The British Gas ITC Bath swimmer looked controlled and comfortable to touch in 1:59.04 - two-and-a-half seconds ahead of silver.

James Goddard (British Gas ITC Stockport) swam a controlled race in the Men’s 200m Individual Medley to win gold in 2:00.95 from Henrique Rodrigues of Brazil in 2:02.57.

Stockport team mate David Carry went very close to the gold in the Men’s 400m Freestyle pushing eventual winner Sebastien Rouault of France all of the way. Gold went in 3:51.64 with Carry taking the silver in 3:51.96.

There was gold for Georgia Davies of the British Gas ITC Swansea in her favoured 100m Backstroke.

A solid swim saw her ahead at the half-way stage and she finished in an untroubled 1:00.87.

Michael Jamieson (British Gas ITC Bath) took the silver in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke in an event dominated by Cameron Van Der Burgh of South Africa. Gold went in 59.73 with Jamieson touching in 1:01.17. Craig Benson of Warrender, Scotland finished just outside the medals in fourth with a time of 1:02.56.

In the Men’s 200m Butterfly Britain’s swimmers added two more medals to their collective haul with a silver and bronze going to Roberto Pavoni (British Gas ITC Loughborough) and Matt Johnson (City of Sheffield).

Marcio Almeida of Brazil touched in a new Championship Record of 1:55.59 with Pavoni following up in 1:58.67 and Johnson in 2:01.07.

Jazz Carlin (British Gas ITC Swansea) swam to a bronze medal in the Women’s 200m Freestyle touching in 2:00.38 with gold going in 1:59.11 to Barbara Jardin of Canada.

Swansea team mate Jemma Lowe also made it to the podium for a bronze in the Women’s 100m Butterfly. Gold went to Katerine Savard of Canada in 58.48, Therese Alshammar of Sweden took the silver in 58.80 and Lowe came home in 59.00 for bronze.

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