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Silver for GB in men’s 4x100m Medley Relay

The GB men’s 4x100m Medley Relay team swam a great final in the last race of the 2017 FINA World Swimming Championships in Budapest.

Chris Walker-Hebborn, Ross Murdoch, James Guy and Duncan Scott were fourth fastest qualifiers from the heats, touching in 3:32.35 to claim their spot in the final. They looked strong, but had some work to do to make their way onto the podium.

In the final, they managed to shave almost three and a half seconds from their qualifying time. Adam Peaty replaced Murdoch for the breaststroke leg to help the team seal second place. They touched in 3:28.95.

Walker-Hebborn said: “I put everything into that and it hurt like something else but having these boys on the backend is incredible and I’m lucky to be a part of this team. I’m just glad I got to the end of the week and got to swim with them.”

Peaty added: “It was always going to be difficult getting back in but I just had to get out there and do it for the guys and for my team.

“Hopefully in three years’ time we’re going to be even stronger. It’s going to take a couple of weeks for everything to sink in but then we’ll look back at it all and work out what needs to be done next.”

Litchfield sets new Commonwealth record in 200m IM

Max Litchfield was nudged into fourth place after a great swim in the men’s 400m IM final at the FINA World Swimming Championships.

This is the second time the City of Sheffield swimmer has narrowly missed out on a medal at the meet. He also finished fourth in the 200IM on day five of competition.

Despite not making the podium in the 400m IM, the Rio 2016 Olympian still had something to smile about. He made it to the wall in a new British and Commonwealth record time, touching in 4:09.62.

Litchfield commented: “You can’t control what other people do but I’m really happy with the time. I just couldn’t quite pull it off over that last 50m though. That last 25m felt horrible; it’s probably the hardest 25m of my life.

“I’ve been pleased with the performances I’ve put in this week. If you look at my curve over the past three years I’ve made some massive drops on my times so I’m just going to keep doing that as we work towards Tokyo.”

Vasey takes sixth in 50m Breaststroke

Sarah Vasey put in a great effort in the final of the women’s 50m Breaststroke, up against some tough competition. The World Championship debutante made it to the wall in 30.62, just three tenths of a second off her personal best time.

The Women’s 4x100m Medley relay team also fought hard in the penultimate race of the championships. The quartet of Kathleen Dawson, Sarah Vasey, Charlotte Atkinson and Freya Anderson qualified from the heats as eighth fastest.

They returned to the pool in the final to shave almost a second off their qualifying time, finishing seventh with 3:59.51.

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