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Gandy fifth in first World Championship final

25 July 2011

Commonwealth silver medallist Ellen Gandy clocked the second fastest time of her career to finish fifth in the 100m Butterfly final on Day Two of the World Swimming Championships in Shanghai.

Racing from lane eight in her first World Championship final, the 19-year old touched in 57.55 – a time only bettered by her 57.49 from the British Gas Championships two years ago.

I'm really pleased with that performance in my first World Championship final - it looks good for the 200m Fly on Wednesday.

USA’s Pan Pacific champion Dana Vollmer took gold in 56.87 ahead of Australia’s Commonwealth champion Alicia Coutts (56.94) and China’s Lu Ying (57.06).

And Gandy insists her debut World Championship final performance bodes well for her favoured 200m Butterfly later in the week.

“I’m really pleased with that performance in my first World Championship final,” said Gandy. “I enjoyed being there in an outside lane. I kept myself to myself and concentrated on my own race.

“It looks good for my 200m Fly on Wednesday.”

Jemma Lowe was also competing in her first World Championship final in the 100m Butterfly and eventually finished eighth.

It's a great experience for me to be swimming in this environment - I certainly gave it my best shot.

The British Gas ITC Swansea swimmer, who set a Welsh record of 57.43 at the British Gas ASA National Championships in June, ducked under 58 seconds for the fourth time in her career as she touched in 57.96.

“It was great to be there in my first World final and I certainly gave it my best shot,” said Lowe, who will also line up in the 200m Butterfly.

“It's a great experience for me to be swimming in this amazing environment. I'm excited about next year and am pleased with how I'm gearing up towards that goal.”

European bronze medallist Hannah Miley was the only other British finalist in action on day two in Shanghai and finished seventh in the 200m Individual Medley final.

The Scottish swimmer, who is European and Commonwealth champion over the longer 400m Individual Medley, was always playing catch up after the opening 50m Butterfly and touched in 2:11.36.

China's 15-year old sensation Ye Shiwen (2:08.90) took gold ahead of Coutts (2:09.00) and USA's defending champion Ariana Kukors (2:09.12) and Miley insists her focus remains fixed on the longer event.

"My aim here was to make the final in the 200m IM and then focus on my best event, the 400m IM," said Miley.

"I'm a little disappointed with that time but it's up there with the fastest of my season."

Commonwealth champion Liam Tancock will occupy an outside lane in tomorrow’s 100m Backstroke final after squeezing through the semis.

I've got 24 hours and I want to come back stronger and faster.

Competing at his fourth World Championships, the British record holder – who defends his 50m Backstroke title later in the week – finished fifth in his semi final in 53.60 to progress seventh fastest overall.

And having won 100m Backstroke bronze from lane eight at last year’s European Championships in Budapest, Tancock is adamant he is determined to make an impact in the final.

“I’ve got 24 hours now and I want to come back stronger and faster,” said Tancock. “I want to improve in every aspect of my event so I’ll look over the analysis and race data to see where I can improve.

“I knew those semi-finals were going to be quick and it’s always a little harder to go in the first but after a few scary moments I’m in the final.”

Tancock’s British Gas ITC Loughborough teammate Elizabeth Simmonds echoed his result, also finishing fifth in her semi final to progress seventh fastest for tomorrow’s 100m Backstroke final.

The European silver medallist, who is European champion over her preferred 200m Backstroke, touched in a season’s best 59.80 to qualify.

Ross Davenport and Robbie Renwick were in action the 200m Freestyle semi finals, finishing 10th and 12th overall.

British champion Davenport set his fastest time since the 2009 World Championships, touching in 1:47.46 to finish fifth in his semi final while British record holder Renwick set 1:47.89, finishing sixth in his semi.

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