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Golden Goddard grabs 200m Individual Medley title

9 March 2011

Double Commonwealth champion James Goddard repeated his impressive Delhi form with gold in the men’s 200m Individual Medley at the British Gas Swimming Championships in Manchester.

Goddard, who went into the 200m Backstroke semi-final shortly after the Individual Medley, looked powerful from the start and moved into the lead in the first 100m.

The race was hurting and I could feel the others coming up on me but I gritted my teeth.

Commonwealth silver medallist Joe Roebuck almost caught Goddard in the final 50m but the Stockport Metro swimmer took gold on the touch in 1:58.22.

Finishing more than three seconds within the qualification standard for this summer's World Championships in Shanghai, Goddard admitted the time - the second fastest in the world this year - was aided by Roebuck's dogged persistence.

“The Individual Medley was tough,” Goddard said. “The race was hurting and I could feel the others coming up on me but I gritted my teeth. I’m a racer and I wanted to win.

Roebuck set his second pb in two nights to clinch silver in 1:58.28 while Ieuan Lloyd clocked a new Welsh record to win bronze in 2:01.68.

Ellen Gandy went into the final of the women’s 200m Butterfly knowing she already had the selection criteria for Shanghai in the bag after her swim in the 100m Butterfly final.

I was pretty tired today but I'm glad I could get a time that fast.

But the 19-year old was determined to defend her title over the longer distance and raced away at the gun.

She held a one second lead over nearest challenger Jemma Lowe at the half way point but the Welsh swimmer had a good final 50m to claw back some of the lead.

Gandy took the victory at the wall in 2:06.13 with Lowe taking silver in 2:06.94 - the second fastest time of her career and good enough to join Gandy in Shanghai.

“I’ve started to swim my first 100m faster,” Gandy said. “I was tired today but I’m glad I could get a time that fast. I’m going straight back to Australia and then I’ll have a break in April after the Australian trials.”

Jessica Dickons won the bronze in 2:10.96.

Adam Brown stormed to victory in the 100m Freestyle with a powerful performance through the final.

Grant Turner led the field at the turn but Brown timed his finish to perfection, coming through  in the last 5m to take the gold in 49.41.

“I just missed the time which is a shame but I’ll be in better shape at the second trials,” Brown said. “There is always work to be done. I’m un-rested and unshaved at the moment but this is the third year in a row that I’ve won that event so that’s a massive bonus.”

Turner touched in 49.70 to take silver and Craig Gibbons won the bronze in 49.83.

The women’s 50m Backstroke saw Commonwealth bronze medallist Georgia Davies power through to defend her title.

She was challenged by European junior champion Emma Saunders but the Welsh record holder was always in control and touched in 28.67. Saunders won silver in 28.80 and Lauren Quigley won bronze in 29.38.

After winning the 200m Individual Medley earlier in the evening Goddard went onto to secure the fastest time in the men’s 200m Backstroke semi finals, finishing in 2:00.46.

Amy Smith and Fran Halsall qualified in the two fastest spots for the final of the 100m Freestyle after touching within 0.4 seconds of each other.

The women’s 200m Breaststroke saw British 100m Champion Stacey Tadd qualify fastest for the final after touching in 2:30.70.

Finally, Commonwealth finalist Michael Jamieson will go into the final of the men’s 200m Breaststroke ranked in first place after touching in 2:13.22.

For full results and start lists from the British Gas Swimming Championships, click here.

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