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Renwick sixth in 200m Free

30 July 2013

Commonwealth champion Robbie Renwick secured the best individual World Championship result of his career as he finished sixth in the 200m Freestyle on day three in Barcelona.

The City of Glasgow swimmer signaled his form to qualify for the final yesterday, progressing fastest from the heats in 1:46.88 then fourth fastest from this semi-final in 1:46.95.

And the Scot saved his best for the final, clocking 1:46.52 to take sixth as France’s Olympic champion Yannick Agnel (1:44.20) won gold from lane two ahead of USA’s Conor Dwyer (1:45.32) and Russia’s Danila Izotov (1:45.59).

"I went in there tonight to focus on my own race plan and there were swimmers shooting off left, right and centre," - Robbie RenwickRenwick’s time was his fastest since his British record 1:45.99 four years ago, but having also finished sixth at London 2012 last year, the 25-year old admitted he was disappointed not to improve his ranking on the world stage.

“I knew I really had to work that second 100 and it’s the fastest swim I’ve done this season but coming sixth is a bit of a disappointment,” said Renwick, who was lying eighth turning for the final 50m.

“I really went in there tonight to focus on my own race plan and obviously there were swimmers shooting off left, right and centre and it was really difficult not to panic.

“I gave it a good shot but at the end of the day it’s sport and that’s the aim of the game – to try and win medals at the top.

“Coming sixth here isn’t a bad result but I was sixth at the Olympics and would’ve loved to have stepped it up again.

“There’s a couple of things I know I need to work on in the season leading into the Commonwealth Games next year.”

Roberto Pavoni was the only other Brit in action in the evening session, finishing 16th in the semi-finals of the 200m Butterfly.

The British Gas ITC Loughborough swimmer – who will compete in his preferred 200m and 400m Individual Medley events later in the week – clocked 1:57.60 from lane eight in his semi.

And while he maintains the 200m Fly is a warm-up for his medley races, Pavoni admitted he was frustrated not to improve on his 1:57.37 from the morning’s heats.

“I really wanted to go quicker tonight and be a bit more in the mix,” said Pavoni.

“My heat was okay this morning and I was relatively happy to have another swim but I wanted to prove to myself that I could challenge in butterfly.

“I’ve got 200m Individual Medley tomorrow and 400m later in the week so I’ll hope to progress to the semis tomorrow and take it from there."

Pavoni's training partner Daniel Fogg finished 12th in the 800m Freestyle heats.

Competing the event for the first time at an international meet, the 25-year old clocked the second fastest time of his career to touch fourth in his heat in 7:56.62.

But while the 800m was a warm-up for his favourite 1500m Freestyle on Saturday, Fogg admitted he had wanted to improve on his 7:51.60 English record from the British Gas Swimming Championships last month.

“I was a bit disappointed with my 7:51 at trials so I was expecting to go a little bit quicker than that today,” said Fogg, who finished 38th in the 10km open water race in Barcelona eight days ago.

“I’ve started to feel a little bit more like myself over the last few days so I was expecting a bit quicker than that but obviously I didn’t have it this morning and that’s a lot slower than I should have been.

“The times to make the final were really slow and I should have been in it really.

“I’ve got four whole days to recover and get a little more training in ahead of the 1500 which is the main event anyway.”

World Championship newcomers Ellie Faulkner and Ross Murdoch were the other two Brits in action on the third morning of swimming, placing 25th and 30th from their respective heats.

City of Sheffield swimmer Faulkner clocked 2:00.56 in the 200m Freestyle while British Gas ITC Stirling’s Murdoch touched in 28.00 in the 50m Breaststroke.

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