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Roebuck finishes just outside medals at Europeans

11 Dec 2009 18:18

The British Swimming Team, powered by British Gas, enjoyed a strong second day in the pool at the 13th LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.

Joe Roebuck was looking to impress in the Men’s 400m Individual Medley after a sixth place finish in the 200m Individual Medley yesterday.

A good start saw the Loughborough University swimmer turn in second after the butterfly leg, but Roebuck was unable to hold the competition off, finishing just outside the medals in fourth place with a new British record of 4:01.63.

Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh took gold in a new world record time of 3:57.27, followed by David Verraszto (HUN) in second and Gal Nevo (ISR) in third.

“I’m very disappointed not to medal, but given the circumstances I’m happy with fourth,” said Roebuck. “My suit ripped at the beginning of the race and the competition was incredibly tough, it’s one of the fastest races I’ve been in.”

Britain’s Lewis Smith also raced in the final, finishing in eighth place with a time of 4:06.20.

With one European Short Course medal already under her belt, Hannah Miley went in the final of the Women’s 200m Breaststroke looking to use the race as a build-up to her main focus: the Women’s 400m Individual Medley.
Finishing in a new British record of 2:20.61, Miley claimed sixth position in a race that saw Denmark’s Rikke Moeller Pedersen set a new European record of 2:16.66.

“It went really well out there,” said Miley. “My warm ups have been good and I think that’s down to my training.

“I was just in there for fun but this result bodes well for the 400m Individual Medley.”

With his senior international debut already off to a great start, Antony James took to the blocks in the Men’s 100m Butterfly final. Swimming against some experienced swimmers James touched in 50.66 to take seventh place.

“It went really well considering it’s my first senior international final,” said Antony. “I wanted to go out there, enjoy it and get some experience.”

“The pressure was off and it’s things like this that are great stepping stones going into 2012.”

Swimming in the final of the Women’s 800m Freestyle, Sasha Matthews took nine seconds off her personal best with a time of 8:26.05 to finish in fifth place. “I’m really happy with that,’” said Matthews. “A nine second PB, you can’t really ask for more.

“I’ve got the 200m and 400m still to come and I felt strong out there so hopefully they should go well.”

The Women’s 4x50m Freestyle quartet claimed sixth place in the final. Amy Smith, Jess Sylvester, Katherine Wyld and Rebecca Turner swam a new English record of 1:40.12.

“It was really good and we’re pleased with that,” said Wyld. “We don’t get to swim together that often but we swam well as a team.”

Craig Gibbons has the final of the Men’s 100m Freestyle to look forward to after qualifying in seventh place in tonight’s semi final. The 24-year-old touched in 47.36 to qualify in seventh place for tomorrow’s final.

“I’m really happy with that – it was bang on my PB,” said Gibbons. “I didn’t get much help from the others out there and the water was really choppy. I’m through though and that’s the main thing.”

Britain’s Matt Clay reached the semi finals of the Men’s 50m Backstroke, but was unable to make the next round after finishing his semi in eighth place, touching in 23.99.

“It was a mad rush out there,” said Clay. “I was slow off the start and the competition was tough.”

“But I went under 24 seconds last night and tonight so I’m pretty pleased with that as it was one of my aims coming in.”

-ENDS-

For further details contact Lauren Sanderson, British Swimming Media Assistant, on 07795 251 917 or email lauren.sanderson@swimming.org.

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British Swimming is the National Governing Body for Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Open Water in Great Britain.  It is responsible internationally for the high performance representation of the sport. The members of British Swimming are the three Home Countries national governing bodies of England (ASA), Scotland (Scottish ASA) and Wales. (Welsh ASA)  British Swimming seeks to enable its athletes to achieve gold medal success at the Olympics, Paralympics, World Championships and Commonwealth Games.

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