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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 July, 2003, 17:53 GMT 18:53 UK
Edmond takes silver
Ian Edmond congratulates winner Kosuke Kitajima
Ian Edmond collected Scotland's first medal at swimming's World Championship when he won silver in the 200m breaststroke in Barcelona.

City of Edinburgh swimmer Edmond trailed behind Japanese pool star Kosuke Kitajima, who won gold with a world record-time of 2:09.42.

It was Kitajima's second world record of the championships. On Monday, Kitajima set a new mark in the 100 breaststroke.

Edmond took the silver medal in 2:10.92 and Brendan Hansen of the United States took the bronze medal in 2:11.11.

"Obviously, I'm delighted to win silver," Edmond told BBC Radio Five Live.

"That was my target before the race, so I've got to be pleased.

"I'd like to have swum a little quicker but in a final it's all about getting in the race and I got what I wanted.

"My preparation this year has been fantastic and I didn't have a lot to worry about.

"I knew I'd swim quick and I really enjoyed it."

Scotland's Graeme Smith looked strong in the heats of the men's 800m freestyle and qualified for Friday's final as the second-fastest swimmer.

But there was less good news for backstroke specialist Gregor Tait of Edinburgh, who missed out on a place in the 200m final after a swim-off.

Tait had finished in a tie for eighth after his semi-final with a time of 1:59.02 but he could not improve on his time in his run-off with Slovakian Blaz Medvesek.

Scotland's other big medal hope, Alison Sheppard, withdrew from the 100m freestyle on Thursday in order to concentrate on the 50m.

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