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GB swimmers shine again at Worlds

WORLD SHORT COURSE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Venue: Manchester Dates: Wednesday, 9 April - Sunday, 13 April
Start times: Heats from 0900-1130, finals from 1630-2000
Coverage: BBC Two, BBC Sport website, BBC Radio 5 Live & BBCi


Liam Tancock
Tancock picked up his third medal of the championships

Liam Tancock won silver as Britain's swimmers made it 19 medals at the World Short Course Swimming Championships.

Tancock was pipped by American Peter Marshall in the 50m backstroke, while there was a bronze medal for Hannah Miley in the 200m individual medley.

GB's 4x100m freestyle women also won a bronze, but Mark Foster disappointed with fifth in the 50m butterfly final.

Kate Haywood finished seventh in the 100m breaststroke on a day when three world records were set in Manchester.

Zimbabwean Kirsty Coventry picked up her fourth gold of the week as she broke the women's 200m individual medley world record thanks to a time of 2:06.13.

American Ryan Lochte broke the world record in the 100m individual medley as he swam 51.25 to progress to the final, while the Netherlands clocked 3:30.85 to break the record in the 4x100m women's freestyle.

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BBC Sport's Bob Ballard

Saturday's medal was the third of the championships for the 22-year-old Tancock, who won gold in the 100m backstroke and silver in the 50m backstroke.

The Exeter swimmer, who also set a stunning new European record in the 100m individual medley semis, said: "I would not class myself as a short-course swimmer so to get three medals is fantastic."

Miley's bronze in the 200m individual medley was her second medal of the championships after a silver in the 400m individual medley.

And she lowered the British record she had set in the morning in the process, clocking 2:08.79. Team-mate Lizzie Simmonds was fifth in 2:09.24.

Britain's third medal of the day was won by the 4x100m women freestyle quartet of Fran Halsall, Caitlin McClatchey, Julia Beckett and Mel Marshall.

McClatchey said: "We are very pleased, because we were in an outside lane and we knew it would take a lot to get a medal tonight. To get one in front of our home crowd was fantastic."

WORLD SHORT COURSE MEDALS
USA: 8 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze
Australia: 6 gold, 8 silver, 2 bronze
Zimbabwe: 4 gold, 0 silver, 1 bronze
GB: 3 gold, 9 silver, 7 bronze
Netherlands: 3 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze

Overall, it was another impressive day for the Brits, with Halsall celebrating her 18th birthday by qualifying the fastest in the 50m freestyle and Simmonds making the 50m backstroke final.

The 17-year-old Jemma Lowe broke the British record in the 100m butterfly semi-finals and progressed brilliantly along with team-mate Ellen Gandy.

After impressing in the 100m freestyle heats, Ben Hockin failed to make the final after finishing seventh in a time of 48.47.

Simmonds was sixth in the 200m individual medley to qualify sixth fastest, while former world long course champion James Gibson went through as 13th fastest in the 50m breaststroke.




see also
World swimming photos - day four
12 Apr 08 |  Swimming
Speedo suit ruled legal by Fina
12 Apr 08 |  Swimming
Gilchrist gold tops GB medal haul
11 Apr 08 |  Swimming
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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