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Gilchrist takes gold on day three

25 Jun 2010

The third day of the British Gas Scottish National Championships saw a thrilling final in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke.

Scotland’s Kris Gilchrist claimed gold after edging out a tough field with a time of 1:02.31. The 26-year-old held off competition from Michael Jamieson (Edinburgh University) who closely followed with a time of 1:02.48 to take silver and Robert Holderness (Millfield School) who took bronze in 1:03.12.

Speaking after the race, Kris Gilchrist said: "I haven't been training too hard for this meet. I posted the times I needed to in March, so I came here wanting to do the qualifying times.

“I just missed it in the 100m so I was a bit disappointed. I swam about half a second faster last week in France so I was expecting to go a little bit faster today but it's two strong competitions in a row and I'm still in reasonably heavy training."

In the Mens 100m Freestyle semi-finals, Robbie Renwick (City of Glasgow Swim Team) qualified with a time of 50.84, just behind David Carry (Stockport Metro/ITC) who clocked 50.66 and is looking forward to the final showdown.

Commenting on how his week's been, Renwick, said:"It was pretty slow to start off with but it's picking up. There was an improvement in the semi.

“Hopefully in the final I can go even faster. I'm looking forward to the end of the week. I'm still in heavy training so it's hard to tell.

“I must have about three months pre-Delhi training left; three months of solid work. It's going to be tough but this the most important time, leading up to a Commonwealth Games.

“They are the biggest goal for the year. I can hopefully do Scotland proud and bring back some medals"

The Women's 200m breaststroke saw a thrilling gold medal secured by Kerry Buchan (Edinburgh University). Buchan, already having recorded a nomination time, provided a superb effort finishing in 2:30.58 ahead of Hannah Miley (Garioch) who took silver in a time 2:30.74. Emma Bird (Nova Centurion) took bronze in 2:34.97.

“This week has been great,” said Buchan. “I started off with the 50m. I feel a bit lost in the 50 because it's not long enough my stroke. This final was a lot harder than this morning but it was a good race.”

Hannah Miley added: "I've still got loads of events so it's a busy week for me. I won the 200m IM and hoping I will have a few more but we'll see how it goes. I'm just really enjoying my swimming at the moment. I'm swimming well and just trying to post times that are as quick as possible."

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