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BRITISH RECORDS LOWERED THROUGH HEATS ON FINAL DAY

The British Gas swimming team had a good start to the final day of competition at the FINA World Championships after breaking two more British records as the athletes fought to seal their places in the finals.

Thomas Haffield qualified for the final of the men’s 400m Individual Medley after knocking a second off his own British record to begin the final day in the pool for the British Gas swimming team.

Haffield swam a well timed race as he stayed within contention through the Butterfly and Backstroke leg but it was his Breaststroke leg that pulled him up through the field.

He swam an impressive Breaststroke leg as he almost overtook America’s Scott Tyler Clary, who took the lead early on, and it was down to the Freestyle to see who took the victory.

Clary touched just ahead of the British Gas swimmer as Haffield finished in 4:11.32 to take second place in his heat and qualify in fifth place for the final.

Lewis Smith, who made his World Championship debut this morning, touched in fifth place in the same heat as Haffield after finishing in 4:17.56. Smith was ranked in 17th place overall.

The men’s 4x100m Medley relay was the final event of the heat session and the British Gas team, which featured Liam Tancock, James Gibson, Michael Rock and Simon Burnett, broke the British record as they secured their place in the final.

They swam consistent legs as they took third place in the third heat and finished in a time of 3:30.68 to qualify in seventh place for the final.

Germany qualified fastest for the final as they touched in a new Championship record time of 3:29.48.

European record holder Hannah Miley sealed her place in the 400m Individual Medley final after a strong swim in heat four.

Miley, who competed in her first World Championship final earlier this week, looked confident as she took to the blocks.

The British record holder dominated her heat from the 100m point and took out her lead further with her strongest stroke. The Breaststroke leg saw Miley move three seconds ahead of the field.

Miley won her heat in a time of 4:36.27 and she qualified for her second World Championship final after being ranked in sixth place overall.

World 10km Champion Keri-Anne Payne swam a well timed race as she came from behind to touch in a time of 4:40.92 in the penultimate heat. She finished in sixth place in her heat and was ranked in 13th place overall.

-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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