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Gilchrist gold tops GB medal haul

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


Gilchrist held on to win gold by three hundredths of a second

Edinburgh's Kris Gilchrist perfectly paced his 200m breaststroke to take gold at the World Short Course Swimming Championships in Manchester.

British swimmers won nine medals on the night, including four silver and four bronze to add to Gilchrist's win.

Liam Tancock won 200m individual medley silver and James Goddard took bronze as US star Ryan Lochte set a world record.

Mark Foster settled for second place in the 50m freestyle, finishing half a second behind Croatia's Duje Draganja.

Lizzie Simmonds claimed silver as Zimbabwean Kirsty Coventry set another world record in the 200m backstroke.

Fran Halsall came second in the 100m freestyle in a time of 52.79 seconds, behind the Netherlands' Marleen Veldhuis, on the eve of her 18th birthday.

World records fell at regular intervals - the US women's 4x100m medley relay team rounded off the night in a record time of 3:51.36, GB's women smashing their own previous best to earn bronze.

Nineteen-year-old Robbie Renwick won individual bronze in the 400m freestyle in a British record 3:40.22, three seconds outside Russian Yuriy Prilukov's winning time, with fellow Aberdeen swimmer David Carry finishing fourth.

Lizzie Simmonds (left) with Kirsty Coventry
The atmosphere is fantastic and it's happening for us now, it's a taster of what London 2012 will be like

Lizzie Simmonds
(above left, with Kirsty Coventry)

Jo Jackson added another bronze to the tally, setting a new British record 4:01.11 in the 400m freestyle, two seconds behind Australian Kylie Palmer in first.

Gilchrist won 200m breaststroke gold in a time of 2:06.18, three hundredths of a second ahead of Igor Borysik.

"It didn't go as I expected," the 24-year-old world champion told BBC Sport. "I expected the Ukrainian (Borysik) to go out really fast.

"I could tell by the crowd's reaction that he was catching me in the last 25m, but I refused to look at him.

"When I touched the wall I heard a big 'Ooh' and I thought I'd lost it, but then I heard a big cheer."

Simmonds declared herself "gobsmacked" as she beat the old 200m backstroke world record, finishing in 2:02.60, only to see Coventry set a new record of 2:00.91.

"I wanted to keep as close as I could to Kirsty Coventry but not get too carried away with what she was doing," she said.

"The atmosphere is fantastic and it's happening for us now, it's a taster of what London 2012 will be like."

Foster, the 37-year-old veteran heading to his fifth Olympics this summer, won his 47th international medal in the 50m freestyle behind Draganja, who set a new world record of 20.81.

"All respect goes to him," said Foster. "It was always going to be out of the two of us.

"I think silver is as good as it was going to get tonight, against that sort of performance."

Earlier in the evening Foster had taken part in the 50m butterfly semi-finals, a decision he called "a bit of a lottery", coming through in a time of 23.00.

Tancock and Goddard played down their performances in the 200m individual medley, despite becoming the first two British swimmers ever to earn medals in the same World Short Course race.

Tancock insisted the event was "just a bit of fun" after taking silver in 1:53.10, behind US star Lochte.

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"This was my second focus, my fun event, and I'm pretty pleased to go in that time," he said.

Goddard, who won bronze in 1:55.15, added the competition has not been his priority.

"Short course isn't really my thing. My fly kick underwater, which is such an important thing in short course, is nowhere near as good as either Liam's or Ryan's," he explained.

Tancock and Kate Haywood both set British records in the early semi-finals, but Matthew Bowe, Matthew Clay and Kirsty Balfour all failed to reach their finals.


see also
World swimming photos - day three
11 Apr 08 |  Swimming
Tancock and Adlington set records
10 Apr 08 |  Swimming
World swimming photos - day two
10 Apr 08 |  Swimming
Miley pipped in medley thriller
09 Apr 08 |  Swimming
World swimming photos - day one
09 Apr 08 |  Swimming
Team GB for Beijing
07 Apr 08 |  Team GB
Making a splash
03 Apr 08 |  Swimming
Swimming on the BBC
02 Oct 07 |  Swimming


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