SPOFFORTH CLOSES IN ON WORLD RECORD
27 Jul 2009
The British Gas swimming team enjoyed a promising morning in the pool as the swimmers toppled one European and two British records as they secured places in three semi-finals.
Elizabeth Simmonds and Gemma Spofforth both booked their places in the 100m Backstroke semi-final after clocking new personal best times in the heats.
Spofforth, who finished in fourth place in the 100m Backstroke Olympic final, has been working on her speed throughout 2009 and this was evident in heat number eleven. Spofforth took the lead early on and set a new Championship record after finishing first in her heat and just missed the world record by 0.01 seconds.
She qualified as the fastest athlete for the semi-final and broke her own European and British record by almost half a second after touching in 58.78.
“I still can’t quite believe that time,” Spofforth said. “When I looked at the time I thought it was 59.78 and then I realised it said 58.78.
“I am amazed, it just felt like a really smooth swim and I hope there’s more in there for tonight.
Olympian Simmonds looked strong in heat number ten and finished in third in a time of 1:00.04 to qualify as the eighth fastest athlete for the semi-final and take half a second off her personal best.
Both Ross Davenport and Andrew Hunter progressed through to the semi-finals of the men’s 200m Freestyle.
Hunter qualified in 12th place for the semi-final after clocking a new personal best time of 1:46.96 and finished in fifth place in heat thirteen.
Davenport was drawn in heat fifteen and it was always going to be fast with Michael Phelps and David Walter (both USA) battling to post good times.
Davenport moved from sixth place after 100m to fifth at the final touch and finished in a time of 1:47.21 and goes into the semi-final ranked in 16th place.
The men’s 100m Backstroke saw Liam Tancock and Marco Loughran fight for places in the semi-final. With world record holder Aaron Piersol seeded in the final heat the British Gas swimmers knew they had to get a fast times from heat eleven.
Reigning bronze medallist from the 2007 World Championships, Tancock, had an impressive first 50m and he turned first but finished in second place with a new British record of 53.08 and goes into the semi-final ranked in third place overall.
Loughran, who was competing at his first World Championships, got a slow start and found the lead too much to keep up with and finished in seventh place in the heat with a time of 54.61. He missed his place in the semi-final after being ranked in 24th place overall.
Louise Henley and Lowri Tynan made their World Championship debut in the women’s 100m Breaststroke and as they were both drawn into heat seven it was Tynan that made the most impact.
Tynan won the heat in a new personal best time of 1:08.30 to take 20th overall and miss the semi-final. Henley swam to a time of 1:11.25 and finished in 52nd place.
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
Diving events take place from 17th – 25th July
Synchro takes place from 18th – 25th July
Open Water takes place from 19th – 25th July
Swimming takes place from 26th July – 2nd August
For further details contact British Swimming Media Officer Gemma Field on 01509 632238, 07917 726431 or email email@example.com
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