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Jackson clinches world record

08 Aug 2009

Jo Jackson stole the show on the third day of the British Gas Grand Prix as she continued her good form by breaking the women’s 400m Freestyle world record.

Jackson, who won three medals at the World Championships, had a good start to the race as she moved into the lead from the first turn.

The former long-course world record holder was turning within the British record at the 200m mark and knew she had to increase her stroke rate if she wanted to lower the world record. She moved away from the field as she increased her lead to five seconds.

As she turned for the final 100m she was within the reach of Laure Manaudou’s world record and with the crowd on their feet Jackson brought the race home in a new world record time of 3:54.92.

“I just wanted to break the four minute mark tonight,” Jackson said. “I could hear everyone cheering me on but didn’t think I was going that fast.

“I wasn’t very well this morning and didn’t know how I was going to go but that was pretty special. I even told my mum and dad not to bother coming because after being ill I didn’t expect to do anything special.

“My aim for the meet was to break the four minute mark and I pulled out of the other events to focus on the 400. The record has stood for a while and it was on my mind to have a go but that was quicker than I hoped for.”

Canada’s Heather MacLean won the silver medal in a time of 4:05.18 and Reineke Terink (AZ&PC) took the bronze medal in a time of 4:05.45.

World silver medallist Ryan Cochrane showed his strength in his favoured event as he dominated the final of the men’s 1500m Freestyle on his way to winning the gold medal.

Cochrane went into the lead early on and showed his class as he held a full 25m lead over the field at the half way point.

Cochrane increased his speed in the tail end of the race as he over took the athlete lying in fourth place and he brought the race home in a time of 14:28.63 to knock seven seconds off his own Canadian record.

Canada completed the clean sweep of medals as Kier Maitland took the silver medal in a time of 14:50.06 and the bronze medal went to Michael Zoldos in 14:53.45.

Joe Roebuck, who won the 400m Individual Medley with a new Commonwealth record, looked to continue his form into the final of the men’s 200m Butterfly.

Roebuck looked to dominate the race but had to fight off the challenge of Stefan Hirniak (Canada) as they battled for the gold medal.

The British Gas World Championship swimmer took the victory with a time of1:52.00 and Hirniak won the silver in a new Canadian record time of 1:53.43.

Edinburgh University’s Iain Macmillan won the bronze in 1:55.70.

The men’s 50m Breaststroke saw Paul Kronfeld lower the Canadian record as he beat Darren Mew to the gold medal.

Kornfeld looked strong from the start and took the gold medal and the new Canadian record after touching in a time of 26.69.

Mew (Uni of Bath/Bath ITC) won the silver medal after finishing just outside of his British record in a time of 26.76. Mathieu Bois took the bronze in a time of 26.98.

Hanna Kubas swam an impressive race as she took the gold medal in the women’s 50m Backstroke but was challenged for the victory by City of Birmingham’s Alexandra Hooper.

Kubas was the fastest athlete out and turned first but Hooper had an excellent turn as she closed in on Kubas.

The final 10m saw the Canadian athlete take the title after touching first in a time of 27.35. The silver medal went to Hooper in a time of 27.86 and Canada’s Sinead Russell won bronze in 27.92.

Canada’s Annamay Pierse took to the blocks in the women’s 100m Breaststroke with confidence after breaking the 200m Breaststroke world record earlier in the competition.

The Olympic finalist looked strong as she took the race out quickly from the start. She dominated the final and took the gold medal in a new Canadian record time of 1:04.28.

Canada’s Kayla Voytechek won the silver medal in a time of 1:06.11 and Martha McCabe (Canada) won the bronze in 1:06.69.

The men’s 100m Backstroke final saw three athletes swimming stroke for stroke as they battled it out for the gold medal.

It was Canada’s Jake Tapp that took the gold on the touch after finishing in a new Canadian record time of 50.68. The silver medal went to Benjamin Stasiulis (Lagadere) in 50.83 and Canada’s Pascal Wollach won the bronze in 50.84.

Canada’s Audrey Lacroix took the title in the women’s 100m Butterfly as she lowered her Canadian record for the second time on the third day of competition.

She went out well and she knocked another second off her record time after finishing in a time of 56.74.

Team-mate Kendra Chernoff won the silver medal in a time of 57.56 and Edinburgh Univeristy’s Louise Pate won the bronze medal in 58.31.

The British women’s 4x100m Freestyle Club record was lowered by both Nova Centurion and Loughborough University in this evening’s heats.

The final heat saw Loughborough University coming up against Canada’s A and B teams as they fought for the gold medal.

Canada’s A team were the strongest out of the three teams and they finished in a time of 3:32.53 to take the gold medal. Loughborough University almost overtook the Canadian B team on the anchor leg but they took the silver in a time of 3:35.86.

Loughborough University won the bronze medal in a new British Club record time of 3:36.65.

The men’s 4x100m Relay team saw Canada win the gold and bronze medals as Loughborough University took the silver medal.

Canada’s A team looked dominant in the final and took the gold medal in a time of 3:07.89. The Loughborough University team won the silver in 3:10.29 and the bronze medal went to Canada 2A in 3:11.40.


For further details contact British Swimming Media Officer Gemma Field on 01509 632238, 07917 726431 or email gemma.field@swimming.org

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