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Tancock on top on the final day of competition

World Champion Liam Tancock stormed his way to his second gold medal at the British Gas Swimming Championship at Manchester Aquatics Centre.

Tancock tore the field apart to win by nearly a second. He touched in 24.95.

He said: “I am absolutely thrilled to bits with that. I qualified earlier in the week for the World Championships .  To go under 25 seconds is great for me. Everything went to plan for me in that race.

“In Shanghai I will obviously go out there and try to retain my title. The World Championships  is really important for me and will be a good step to the Olympics.”

Second place went to Craig McNally of Warrander in 25.92 and third was Luke Wood of Loughborough University in 26.43.

Double Olympic medallist David Davies was in the pool tonight in the final of the men’s 1500m freestyle tonight.

The Welshman looked on his way to getting back to his best during one of the closest races of the championships.

Davies was chased hard by Daniel Fogg and had to put in an extra effort with 150m to go to put some clear water between his friend and rival. Both men finished within the qualifying standard. Davies touched in 15:06.44.

Davies said: “I’ve really been through it in the last year but I never gave up, just kept my head down, my mouth shut and worked hard. The time doesn’t set the world alight but it means so much to me.

“Last year was such a hard year for me but to come back and win was just great. It wasn’t near my best time but that was a big stepping stone for me.

“After all the hard work my coach Dave and I have done since I’ve been back at Cardiff and this just shows it is working.  I probably went out too hard but I had my second wind and came back.

“It was a fantastic race. Dan is one of my best friends and I knew it would be a tough final 100m”

Fogg finished second in 15:08.15 with Tom Allen in third after clocking 15:15.66.

Fran Halsall topped off a great week with her second gold medal of the meet.

Halsall, led from the first stroke leaving others in her wake, to take the win in 25.06.

She said: “That was a strong swim. Very happy to get in and get the time. I know my time will come down further with training. Our 4 x 100m team is looking strong for the future with loads of young girls coming through strongly.”

In the men’s 400IM it was the battle of the Loughborough lads tonight as Joe Roebuck and Roberto Pavoni swapped the lead throughout the race, ending in a sprint to the wall.

Pavoni touched first in 4.13.37, well within the qualifying time for Shanghai. Roebuck, in second, joins him on the team finishing in 4.14.02. Welshman Thomas Haffield was third in 4:17.56.

He said: “I just can’t describe this. I am so happy to get it done. I can’t wait for Shanghai. But I will taki it one step at a time.

“To get a PB (personal best) is just great. I can’t wait to compete against the best in the world and I hope to be in the best shape I can be.

“This is a dream come true. I have worked so hard and to compete at the worlds is just so great.”

Hannah Miley topped off a busy week by claiming her second gold.

She touched in 4:39.12 and was the clear winner in the women’s 400IM final, the last race of the meet six seconds ahead of Kate Hutchinson who won silver in 4:46.55. Emma Smithurst in bronze in 4:49.55.

On her victory she said: “The finish on the 400IM is always tough. It was also my 16th race but I think it was a great swim. It was a good time and I’m going to get back to the grindstone in preparation for Shanghai.”

Edinburgh University’s Kathryn Johnstone took the first gold of the night in the Women’s 50m Breaststroke.

She took the title in 32.47 just ahead of second placed Sara Lougher who trains at the British Gas ITC in Swansea. Avril Kiritschenko took the bronze in 32.70.

For full results and start lists from the British Gas Swimming Championships, click here.

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