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BRITISH RECORD FOR DAVIES IN WORLD RECORD FINAL

29 Jul 2009
British Gas swimmer David Davies took another second off his British record in the 800m Freestyle in a final that saw six seconds knocked off the world record.

Davies, who specialises in the 1,500m Freestyle, took five seconds off the British record in the heats and he knew that the final was going to be fast after Oussama Mellouli swam just three seconds off the world record in the heats.

The Olympic silver medallist started the race well but turned at the 100m mark in sixth place. He fought back through the next two laps to turn in fourth.

China’s Lin Zhang and Mellouli (Tunisia) were turning well within the world record at the 300m mark and the Brit was increasing his pace to keep up with the leaders.

Italian Federico Clbertaldo was pushed on by the home crowd support and overtook Davies at the half way point and although Davies remained on his shoulder Colbertaldo touched before him in fourth place.

Davies took fifth place in a new British record time of 7:44.32. He knocked six seconds off his own record through the heats and final.

“I thought it would take something special but a six second world record is just unbelievable,” Davies said. “I am really pleased with that time. It shows I am in good shape for the 1,500m.

“I found good rhythm and that gives me confidence for my event on Saturday.”

Zhang won the gold medal with the new world record time of 7:32.12. Mellouli took silver in 7:35.27 and bronze went to Ryan Cochrane (Canada) in 7:41.92.

World silver medallist Jo Jackson went into the final of the women’s 200m Freestyle alongside world record holder Federica Pellegrini and 2007 World Champion Dana Vollmer.

Jackson, who specialises in the 400m Freestyle, was competing in her first major international 200m Freestyle final since 2006 and didn’t have the best start as she touched in fifth place at the first turn.

The second half of the race saw Jackson show her strength as she moved up to fourth place and she touched home just outside of her British record in a time of 1:55.88.

“That was a tough race to be in but I gave it my all and it was a good time for me,” Jackson said. “I would obviously have liked to have gone quicker and that would have given me a medal so in that sense I am disappointed.

“I’ve still got two major events to look forward to with the relay and the 800m and both are really exciting prospects. My confidence is growing all of the time and I hope I can use that positivity going forward.”

Italy’s Federica Pellegrini won the gold medal in a new world record time of 1:52.98 and Allison Schmitt (America) took the silver in 1:54.96. The bronze medal went to Dana Vollmer (USA) in 1:55.64.

Michael Rock put in a performance to be proud of in the final of the men’s 200m Butterfly as he took to the blocks in his first major international final.

Olympian Rock qualified in sixth place for the final and featured amongst world record holder Michael Phelps and former Butterfly World Champion Pawel Korzeniowski (Poland).

The British record holder, who knocked a second off the record in his semi-final, got a good start and was turning in fifth place at the half way point. Phelps was looking to put in a strong performance and was turning well within the world record early on in the race.

Rock touched home in a time of 1:55.43 as he took joint seventh place in his first World Championship final.

“It has been a great experience and I’ll take a lot from it this week to make sure I can improve on what I have achieved here,” Rock said. “I moved well up the rankings this week and it shows that my preparations for London are on course.

“I wanted to be quicker tonight and I know the work I have done and shape I am in so tonight I’ll go through the race analysis and see where I can improve and make more gains.

“The race to be honest was a bit of a blur, it all seemed to happen so fast so I need to assess and then improve.”

The gold medal went to Michael Phelps in a new world record time of 1:51.51. The silver medal was won by Korzeniowski in 1:53.23 while bronze went to Takeshi Matsuda (Japan) in 1:53.32.

British Gas swimmer James Goddard had an excellent finish in the first semi-final of the men’s 200m Individual Medley as he came from third place to win his heat with a new British record time of 1:57.12.

He took the victory from American Eric Shanteau through the final 25m and goes into the final ranked in fourth place.

“I have been working on this event for a long time now and it felt good tonight,” Goddard said. “I went out well and was really pleased with my finish. Freestyle hasn’t been my strongest stroke but it is improving

“I am really excited about the final. I have had a lot of problems with my shoulder in recent weeks but it felt good tonight and I feel I can go faster tomorrow.”

Joe Roebuck, who is making his World Championship debut, took part in the second semi-final and came up against tough competition from the likes of Ryan Lochte (USA) and Laszlo Cseh (Hungary).

Roebuck finished in eighth place in the semi-final in a time of 1:59.82 and finished in 14th place overall.

World Champion Gemma Spofforth missed out on a place in the final of the women’s 50m Backstroke even though she swam to a new personal best time in the event.

Spofforth had a good start but touched in sixth place in her new best time of 27.92 behind Daniela Samulski. She finished in 13th place overall.

“I didn’t really get going, I couldn’t find my speed even though I tried to get out there fast,” Spofforth said.

“I didn’t sleep much last night, it was such an amazing night and I found it hard to switch off. I’ll be focused for the 200m event though and I’m very excited about it given the way I am swimming this week.”

The German athlete, Samulski, broke the world record after finishing in 27.39 in Spofforth’s semi-final. Anastasia Zueva (Russia) went 0.01 seconds faster in the second semi-final to lower the world record for a second time.

Ellen Gandy missed her place in the final of the women’s 200m Butterfly after a good swim in the semi-finals after the world record was lowered in this morning’s heats.

The British record holder touched home in a time of 2:08.55 and was in 15th place overall in the final rankings.

-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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