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DAVIES BREAKS BRITISH RECORD IN HEATS

28 Jul 2009
David Davies took five seconds off the 800m Freestyle British record as the British Gas swimming team secured one final and three semi-final places after strong performances through the heat session.

Davies took to heat four alongside Italian Federico Colbertaldo and Robert Hurley (Australia) and was looking to post a quick time to reach tomorrow’s final.

The Olympic silver medallist dominated the first half of his race but as the race entered the final 400m Colbertaldo began to close in on the British Gas swimmer.

Davies showed his strength in the final 100m as he touched in a time of 7:45.89 to knock five seconds off his own British record time and qualified in fourth place for the final.

“That was a five second personal best so I am delighted,” Davies said. “I took it out quite hard and paid for that in the middle but came back strongly at the end.

“It isn’t an Olympic event but it is fun for me and I feel very relaxed ahead of the final tomorrow.”

Heat five saw Richard Charlesworth get his pool campaign of the 2009 World Championships off to a good start as he touched in a time of 8:00.50. But he will miss the final after being ranked in 17th place overall.

World 400m Freestyle silver medallist Jo Jackson and Caitlin McClatchey secured their places in the 200m Freestyle semi-final as they swam well in the closing heats of the event.

British 200m Freestyle record holder, Jackson, went into heat eight and although she didn’t get off to the best start she had an impressive tail end to the race and fought back to win her heat in a time of 1:56.81. Jackson goes into the semi-final ranked as the third fastest athlete.

McClatchey swam a good race and touched home in fifth place in her heat in a time of 1:57.44 and qualified in ninth place for the semi-final.

The men’s 200m Butterfly saw Joseph Roebuck and Michael Rock looking to get off to a good start as they competed in their first races of the 2009 World Championships.

Rock went into the final heat alongside Olympic champion Michael Phelps and knew he had to get a good time in order to seal his place in the semi-final.

The Olympian started his race impressively and led for the majority of the race but Phelps’ strength showed through in the final 50m and Rock touched in fourth place in a time just outside his personal best. Rock qualified in ninth place for the semi-final in a time of 1:55.76.

Roebuck, who is competing at his first World Championships, swam a good race in heat six to secure a new personal best with a time of 1:57.44. He finished in 25th overall to miss the semi-final.

James Gibson and Kris Gilchrist have both missed the semi-final of the men’s 50m Breaststroke in a heat session that saw the Championship record broken.

Gilchrist went in heat eleven and lowered his personal best time to 28.07 but it wasn’t enough and he finished in 43rd overall.

Gibson swam to 27.78 in heat thirteen but through a fast heat session he was pushed into 29th place and missed the semi-final.

-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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