Mike Hodgson closes 2017 World Champs with world record

Mike Hodgson set a 50m Breaststroke world record as Great Britain’s Masters swimmers signed off in style from the 2017 FINA World Championships.

Dave Milburn also won gold in the men’s events, while Kathryn Loveys and Karen Key topped the podium for the first time in the women’s 50m Breast.

Victory brought Hodgson his fourth title of the meet, adding to his golds in the 50m Fly, 100m Breast and Mixed 4x50m Medley Relay.

The Brit sailed past his own European 50-55 Yrs record of 30.70 as well as the existing world marker of 30.48 as he stormed home in 30.26.

Milburn also took down a record for his gold. The Newbury swimmer, who won the 200m Breast crown earlier in the meet, broke the British record in the 55-59 Yrs age group with a 32.16 effort.

Kathryn Loveys and Karen Key win first golds in final event

Loveys and Key had achieved the same medals ahead of the final day, winning silvers in the 100m Breaststroke and bronzes in the 200m Breast.

But they were both celebrating golds in the shortest breaststroke event, with City of Cambridge swimmer Loveys setting a British record.

Loveys took the touch in the 30-34 Yrs age group in 33.90 while Northampton swimmer Key won 40-44 Yrs gold in 35.41.

Team Anglia’s Lucy Ryan also made the 40-44 Yrs podium, collecting bronze on 36.72.

There was also silver for Long Eaton’s Helen Gorman, clocking 35.28 in the 45-49 Yrs event, and bronze for Kirklees’ Sally Shields, touching in 41.90 in the 60-64 Yrs.

The other two medals were both silvers, with Barnet Copthall’s Judy Alden and Spencer’s Diane Ford tying for second place on 47.66 in the 70-74 Yrs age group.

  • Click here for full results from the FINA World Masters Swimming Championships 2017.

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