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ROME CONFIRMED AS MOST SUCCESSFUL SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS EVER

02 Aug 2009
The British Gas swimming team have finished their most successful World Championships ever as runners up to the USA and Australia in the overall points table.

The highlights for the British Team in the pool included two gold medals. Gemma Spofforth claimed gold in the 100m Backstroke in a new World Record time while Liam Tancock also set new world figures on his way to securing the Men’s 50m Backstroke title. Jo Jackson also performed well securing two silver medals in the Women’s 400m and 800m Freestyle.

Michael Scott, British Swimming National Performance Director said: “It shows the depth of the British squad after a fantastic week of swimming, results and medal winning performances. We’ve had more medallists than ever before, coupled with more finalists than ever before. But our challenge now is to convert those finalists into medallists.

“It shows British Swimming is closer than ever before to the mark laid down by the biggest and most successful swimming nations. However there is still a lot of work to be done as we pursue our goals for London 2012.”

Keri-Anne Payne also added to British success outside of the pool in taking gold in the Women’s 10km Open Water event.

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The full points table follows below:
1. USA 820
2. Australia 568
3. Great Britain 468
4. Germany 340
5. China 337
6. Russia 306
7. France 303
7. Japan 303
9. Brazil 300
10. Italy 297

For further details contact David Richards, British Swimming Media Manager, on 01509 632237, 07789 926136 or email david.richards@swimming.org

About British Swimming
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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