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Halsall seals British record

1st August 2009

World silver medallist Fran Halsall broke her own British record on her way to qualifying for the semi-finals of the women’s 50m Freestyle.

The British Gas swimmer Halsall, who swam under 53 seconds in the 100m Freestyle for the first time last night, looked confident on the blocks as she began the race.

At the 25m point she was in a strong position and went on to lower her British record as she touched in a time of 24.47. She qualified as the sixth fastest athlete for the semi-finals.

Eighteen-year-old Emma Wilkins made her World Championship debut with a good performance in her heat of the 50m Freestyle. She swam well but finished outside of the semi-final places after touching in a time of 25.81. Wilkins was ranked in 36th place overall.

The women’s 50m Breaststroke saw Georgia Holderness and Lowri Tynan qualify for the semi-finals after lowering their personal best times in the heats.

Holderness swam to a new personal best time of 31.11 and qualified in 12th place for the semi-final after winning her heat. Tynan went into heat eight and lowered her personal best to 31.15 and was ranked in 16th place.

Liam Tancock sealed his place in the semi-finals of the 50m Backstroke as he swam just outside of his British record,

Tancock showed his power as he stormed from lane eight to win the final heat in a time of 24.55 and he finished in fourth place overall.

Marco Loughran, who is competing at his first World Championships, won heat twelve in a time of 25.44 and despite lowering his personal best he was pushed down the leader board after the Championship record was lowered in heat fourteen. He was ranked in 29th place overall.

The British Gas women’s 4x100m Medley Relay secured their place in the final after a strong performance that saw them qualify in fifth place overall.

World Champion Gemma Spofforth led out for the squad and gave the Brits a good start to the race. Lowri Tynan took the second leg and swam to a 1:07.51 to take another second off the personal best that she set earlier in the week.

Ellen Gandy swam a good third leg as she put the girls back within the leading pack and handed the race over to World silver medallist Fran Halsall who brought the girls home in a time of 3:58.18.

The last event of the day was the men’s 1500m Freestyle which saw David Davies secure his place in the final after a third place finish in his heat.

Davies and fellow British Gas team-mate Richard Charlesworth were drawn into heat five but it was Davies’ experience that showed through as he moved ahead of the field with Oussama Mellouli (Tunisia) and Yang Sun (China) early on.

Davies touched in third place in the heat with a time of 15:00.52 to qualify in seventh place for the final. Charlesworth finished in 15:36.64 and was ranked in 22nd place overall.

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

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