Second silver for Jackson
01 Aug 2009
World 400m Freestyle silver medallist Jo Jackson won her second silver medal of the World Championships in the women’s 800m Freestyle as she lowered her personal best time with an impressive performance.
The British Gas swimmer went into the final alongside team-mate Rebecca Adlington and they both faced tough competition from Olympic silver medallist Alessia Filippi (Italy) and Olympic bronze medallist Lotte Friis (Denmark).
The race saw four athletes swimming neck and neck until the 500m mark when Friis started to pull away from the group.
Jackson was performing excellently as she kept close to Friis and the Danish swimmer seemed to have the race tied up with just 100m left.
The fight for silver was between the Jackson and Filippi and the Olympic silver medallist moved into second place at the 650m mark. Jackson battled against her as they fought to secure the silver.
Jackson had an excellent final 50m as she stormed through to take silver ahead of Filippi in a new personal best time of 8:16.66.
The gold medal went to Friis in a new Championship record time of 8:15.92 and the bronze medal was won by Flippi in 8:17.21. Adlington took fourth place with a time of 8:17.90 after knocking three seconds off her heat time.
“It was such a tough race,” Jackson said. “It was so hard out there. We all just went out so fast and it was all I could do to keep going. I’ve honestly never felt so exhausted after a race.
“Both Becky and I gave it everything after a very busy and tiring week in the pool. It was a great team effort and we pushed each other all the way.”
“I’ve found this Championships so tough,” Adlington said. “It has been totally different coming into this event, there is a level of expectation that I have never felt before. I have got to get my head around the pressure but I’ll come back fighting. There is a lot more that I want to achieve and I’ll be back again challenging.”
Liam Tancock broke the 50m backstroke world record as he qualified as the fastest athlete for the final after an excellent swim in the first semi-final.
The former world record holder, Tancock, who won the bronze medal in the 50m Backstroke at the 2007 World Championships, showed his power through the water as he stormed home to knock over 0.30 seconds off the world record.
The new world record holder touched home in a time of 24.08 almost 0.20 seconds ahead of the next fastest athlete.
Gemma Spofforth and Elizabeth Simmonds impressed in the final of the women’s 200m Backstroke as they finished in fourth and fifth place respectively.
World 100m Backstroke Champion, Spofforth, showed an impressive tail end as she timed her race almost perfectly. She turned at the 100m mark in eighth place but pulled back to finish in fourth place in a new British record time of 2:06.66 and missed bronze by just 0.30 seconds.
Simmonds, who finished in sixth place in the Olympic 200m Backstroke final, touched just outside of the personal best she set in the heats as she finished in an impressive fifth place overall.
Simmonds took the race out well and kept on the shoulder of world record holder Kirsty Coventry. She turned in second place at the 50m point and Simmonds touched in 2:07.98 in her third World Championship final.
“These Championships for me have been about gaining more experience and I am delighted how it has gone,” Simmonds said.
“That race was really tough. We knew it was going to be the fastest ever 200m final. A medal wasn’t realistic for me at this stage but I’m really pleased that I’ve been improving all year and my swims this week have shown that.”
The gold medal was won by Coventry (Zimbabwe) in a new world record time of 2:04.81 with silver going to Anastasia Zueva (Russia) in 2:04.94. Bronze was won by Elizabeth Biesel (USA) who touched in 2:06.39.
The women’s 4x100m Medley Relay team, which featured Gemma Spofforth, Lowri Tynan, Ellen Gandy and Fran Halsall, took fourth place in the final as they broke the British record.
The quartet impressed throughout the race as they lowered the British record that was set at the Beijing Olympics.
Halsall swam the anchor leg for the Brits and fought hard but touched in fourth place in a time of 3:57.03.
The gold medal was won by the Chinese team in a new world record of 3:52.19 and Australia took silver in 3:52.58. Germany won bronze in 3:55.79.
World silver medallist Fran Halsall lowered the 50m Freestyle British record that she set in this morning’s heats as she qualified for the final.
Halsall lowered the British record to 24.42 after touching in third place in her semi-final and she qualified for the final in seventh place overall after the Championship record was broken in the second semi-final.
Lowri Tynan and Georgia Holderness, who are both making their World Championship debuts, swam well in their semi-final of the women’s 50m Breaststroke.
Tynan lowered her personal best in this morning’s heat to 31.15 and knocked it down further as she touched home in an impressive time of 31.03 in the first semi-final. She finished in 10th place overall as she missed the final by under a second.
Holderness took part in the same semi-final as Tynan and she touched in a time of 31.25 to finish in 15th 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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