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Tancock and Adlington set records

WORLD SHORT COURSE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Venue: Manchester Dates: Wednesday, 9 April - Sunday, 13 April
Start times: Heats from 1000-1300, finals from 1900-2130
Coverage: BBC Two, BBC Sport website, BBC Radio 5 Live & BBCi


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Tancock: 'I'm an out-and-out sprinter and I'm really proud'

Liam Tancock and Rebecca Adlington both set European records as they took gold at the World Short Course Championships in Manchester on Thursday.

Tancock, 22, won the 100m backstroke in a time of 50.14 seconds.

Adlington, 19, missed a world record by a quarter of a second in the 800m freestyle but won in 8:08.25, 11 seconds inside her previous best.

Kate Haywood took silver in the 50m breaststroke after Russian Yuliya Efimova was disqualified.

Tancock stormed to Britain's first gold of the championships in front of a thrilled Manchester crowd.

We're proving we're one of the best nations in the world and we're just going to love Beijing

Rebecca Adlington

"After last night's performance a few people might have written me off," he said, referring to Wednesday's semi-finals, in which he only just qualified for the final in eighth place.

"I'm an out-and-out sprinter, I'm not really known for my short course swimming ability, so I'm really proud and pleased for the team."

Adlington put in her second breathtaking performance in two nights, following Wednesday's 4x200m freestyle relay, where she nearly caught the Dutch in the final leg.

She finished more than four seconds ahead of Australia's Kylie Palmer in second, and her time put her three seconds inside the European record.

"I didn't expect to go that quick at all and I am so ready for a break," she told BBC Sport.

Rebecca Adlington
Rebecca Adlington missed a world record by a quarter of a second

"I've finished swimming now and I get to just calm down, breathe a little bit. I'm concentrating on Olympic trials.

"We're proving we're one of the best nations in the world and we're just going to love Beijing," the 21-year-old added.

British team-mate Jo Jackson finished sixth in 8:18.87.

Haywood, who finished the 50m breaststroke in a time of 30.35, found herself promoted to silver after Efimova moved on the starting block.

"I thought I had a bad finish so I was quite surprised at the finish, but I'm very pleased with that," she said. American Jessica Hardy won gold in a world record time of 29.58.

The British men's 4x200m freestyle relay team - Robert Renwick, David Carry, Andrew Hunter and Ross Davenport - narrowly missed out on gold, finishing just behind Australia's 6:55.65 in a European record of 6:56.52.

"This team came fourth at last year's worlds, at the Commonwealths and at the Europeans," said Davenport.

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"Finally, finally, we've got an international medal, and that gives us the incentive to go out there and do something in Beijing."

Mark Foster overcame a slow reaction time to finish first in his 50m freestyle semi-final, in a time of 21.32, but GB team-mate Matt Tutty did not make the cut. Lizzie Simmonds , 17, was outpaced in the 100m backstroke final, finishing seventh as Zimbabwean Kirsty Coventry set the second-fastest time in history, winning gold in a time of 57.10.

Fran Halsall went through to Friday's final of the 100m freestyle in a British record - her third of the day - of 53.20, but Caitlin McClatchey just missed out on the final, finishing ninth.

Halsall finished seventh in the 50m butterfly semi-final to progress in a time of 26.24, but team-mate Jemma Lowe finished joint ninth in 26.50 and did not qualify.

British pair Thomas Haffield and Euan Dale missed out on medals in the 400m individual medley final, James Gibson propped up the field in his 100m breaststroke final, and Hannah Miley could only finish seventh in her 100m individual medley semi.


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