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BRITISH RECORDS TUMBLE IN HEATS

31 Jul 2009
The British Gas Swimming team lowered two British record after putting in a strong performance in the heats on day six of the swimming programme at the FINA World Championships.

The men’s 4x200m Freestyle relay team swam just outside of the British record as they secured qualification to this evening’s final.

The British Gas team, which featured Robbie Renwick, Andrew Hunter, David Davies and David Carry, put in an impressive performance as they finished second in their heat with a time of 7:06.11.

Renwick swam the fastest leg for the team and set a new British 200m Freestyle record time of 1:46.11 as he put the team in an excellent position as Hunter took over the race.

The rest of the race saw Hunter, Davies and Carry put in strong performances as they ensured their place in the final.

Michael Rock sealed his place in the semi-finals of the men’s 100m Butterfly as he lowered his own British record after touching home in a time of 51.65. He qualified in 14th place for the semi-final.

Ian Hulme, who is competing at his first World Championships, finished in 38th place overall after touching in a time of 52.55.

Double Olympic Champion Rebecca Adlington and World silver medallist Jo Jackson secured their places in the final of the women’s 800m Freestyle after securing the two fastest times from the heats.

Jackson was drawn into heat three and she dominated the race as she took the lead from the start and looked strong as she finished in a time of 8:20.80.

World record holder Adlington put in a good performance through the final heat as she secured the fastest time overall after touching in 8:20.53.

The British Gas swimmers will face competition from Italy’s Olympic silver medallist Alessia Filippi and Romania’s Camelia Potec in the final.

World Champion Gemma Spofforth and Elizabeth Simmonds progressed to the semi-finals of the women’s 200m Backstroke after promising performances this morning.

World 100m Backstroke record holder Spofforth won her heat in a time just outside of her British record and she goes into the semi-finals ranked as the second fastest athlete after finishing in a time of 2:07.69.

Simmonds put in a good performance and finished in 5th place in her heat with a time of 2:10.31 and goes into the semi-final in 12th place.

Jemma Lowe and Ellen Gandy missed out on the semi-final of the women’s 50m Butterfly. Lowe swam just 0.03 seconds off her personal best but was ranked in 26th place overall with a time of 26.71.

Gandy touched in a time of 27.28 and missed the semi-final after being ranked in 38th place overall.

In an event that saw the Championship record broken, Simon Burnett and Adam Brown didn’t progress to the 50m Freestyle semi-finals.

Burnett finished in 22nd place overall after finishing in a time of 22.23 and Brown took 40th with a time of 22.64.

-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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