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Gold and World Junior Championships record for Kelly

22 August 2011

There were two more medals for the British Gas GBR Swimming Team on the last day of competition at the World Junior Swimming Championships in Lima.

Rachael Kelly stormed to victory in the 100m Butterfly event in a new Championship Record of 59.37.

"I really wanted to get in and win"

“I really wanted to get in and win tonight,” said Kelly. “I was pretty gutted after coming 4th in the 200m at the start of the week.”

“Getting the record is a bonus.”

Kelly pipped Japanese swimmer Rino Hodsoda who finished second in 59.39 and Alexandra Wenk of Germany took bronze in 59.64.

The British Gas GBR Swimming team also picked up silver when in form Craig Benson picked up the silver in the 50m Breaststroke.

Benson, who won the 100m Breaststroke earlier in the week, touched in 28.44 – the same time as Japan’s Akihiro Yamaguchi.

“To leave with a gold and a silver medal has surpassed my expectations.

“My main goal for this competition was to win a medal,” said Benson, who took silver at the European Juniors in the same event.  “To leave with a gold and a silver medal has surpassed my expectations.

“I've had a really good season and worked hard, so hopefully I can maintain my form for the Olympic trials in March.”

The race was won by Panagiotis Samilidis of Greece in 28.27.

The Girl’s 4x100m Medley relay quartet of Emma Saunders, Emily Jones, Rachael Kelly and Jessica Lloyd finished in fifth place in 4.10.27

Sam Van De Schootbrugge finished 8th in the final of the 200m Butterfly in 2.04.36.

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