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Adlington sets sights on GB medal

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Video - Adlington storms into final

Rebecca Adlington and Jo Jackson will aim to end British women's 24-year wait for a swimming medal when they race in Monday's 400m freestyle final.

Adlington set a new Commonwealth and British record of four minutes and 02.24 seconds to qualify second fastest while Jackson was fourth quickest.

Liam Tancock was sixth fastest in the 100m backstroke as all but one of the Britons made it through Sunday's heats.

The men's 4x100m team also shattered the national mark with 3.13.69.

Adlington was second in her heat, just touched out by Italian Federica Pellegrini, who set a new Olympic record as she finished just five-one hundredths of a second ahead, while Jo Jackson also swam a lifetime best of 4:03.8 in her race.

"I'm so tired after that but really happy, I wanted to improve my personal best which I have done," said Adlington. "I need to do a swim down, then return to the village and get as much rest as possible before the final."

In addition to Pellegrini, Katie Hoff of the United States and Laure Manadou of France will be the main rivals for medals.

I went out a bit too fast so will have to look at that. It's my first Olympics so it's exciting and I hit it hard.

Liam Tancock

In the women's 100m backstroke, Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry beat world record holder Natalie Coughlin of the United States into second place in her heat as she touched in 59.00 seconds dead, but both recorded new Games records.

Britain's Gemma Spofforth was the fourth-fastest qualifier in 60.11 while team-mate Lizzie Simmonds also reached the semi-finals with a personal best 60.35.

In the men's 200m freestyle, American star Michael Phelps was the fourth fastest qualifier behind Switzerland's Dominik Meichtry.

Britain's Ross Davenport went through as the 11th-fastest qualifier but compatriot Robbie Renwick missed out by one one-hundredth of second in 17th place.

In the women's 100m breaststroke Kate Haywood was the 11th-fastest qualifier, with Kirsty Balfour 14th.

Tancock, world record holder in the 50m, posted the sixth-fastest time in the 100m backstroke while Gregor Tait claimed the 16th and final berth in the semi-finals.

"I went out a bit too fast so will have to look at that," said Tancock. "It's my first Olympics so it's exciting and I hit it hard."

The relay team of Simon Burnett, Adam Brown, Ben Hockin and Davenport qualified eighth for the final, with Burnett setting a new British individual men's 100m freestyle record of 48.20 on the first leg.

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Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forUSA 12 9 10 31
Men's 100m Backstroke 1 1 0
Men's 100m Butterfly 1 0 0
Men's 100m Freestyle 0 0 1
Men's 200m Backstroke 1 1 0
Men's 200m Butterfly 1 0 0
Men's 200m Freestyle 1 0 1
Men's 200m Individual Medley 1 0 1
Men's 400m Freestyle 0 0 1
Men's 400m Individual Medley 1 0 1
Men's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 1 0 0
Men's 4 x 100m Medley Relay 1 0 0
Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 1 0 0
Women's 100m Backstroke 1 0 1
Women's 100m Breaststroke 0 1 0
Women's 100m Butterfly 0 1 0
Women's 100m Freestyle 0 0 1
Women's 200m Backstroke 0 1 0
Women's 200m Breaststroke 1 0 0
Women's 200m Individual Medley 0 0 1
Women's 400m Freestyle 0 1 0
Women's 400m Individual Medley 0 0 1
Women's 4 x 100m Freestyle Rel 0 1 0
Women's 4 x 100m Medley Relay 0 1 0
Women's 4 x 200m Freestyle Rel 0 0 1
Women's 50m Freestyle 0 1 0
2 also show each event results forAustralia 6 6 8 20
Men's 100m Backstroke 0 0 1
Men's 100m Freestyle 0 1 0
Men's 1500m Freestyle 0 1 0
Men's 200m Breaststroke 0 1 0
Men's 200m Freestyle 0 0 1
Men's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 0 0 1
Men's 4 x 100m Medley Relay 0 1 0
Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 0 0 1
Women's 100m Breaststroke 1 0 0
Women's 100m Butterfly 1 0 1
Women's 100m Freestyle 0 1 0
Women's 200m Breaststroke 0 1 0
Women's 200m Butterfly 0 0 1
Women's 200m Individual Medley 1 0 0
Women's 400m Individual Medley 1 0 0
Women's 4 x 100m Freestyle Rel 0 0 1
Women's 4 x 100m Medley Relay 1 0 0
Women's 4 x 200m Freestyle Rel 1 0 0
Women's 50m Freestyle 0 0 1
3 also show each event results forGreat Britain 2 2 2 6
Men's Marathon 10km 0 1 0
Women's 400m Freestyle 1 0 1
Women's 800m Freestyle 1 0 0
Women's Marathon 10km 0 1 1
4 also show each event results forJapan 2 0 3 5
Men's 100m Breaststroke 1 0 0
Men's 200m Breaststroke 1 0 0
Men's 200m Butterfly 0 0 1
Men's 4 x 100m Medley Relay 0 0 1
Women's 200m Breaststroke 0 0 1
5 also show each event results forGermany 2 0 1 3
Men's Marathon 10km 0 0 1
Women's 100m Freestyle 1 0 0
Women's 50m Freestyle 1 0 0
6 also show each event results forNetherlands 2 0 0 2
Men's Marathon 10km 1 0 0
Women's 4 x 100m Freestyle Rel 1 0 0
7 also show each event results forChina 1 3 2 6
Men's 400m Freestyle 0 1 0
Women's 200m Butterfly 1 1 0
Women's 200m Freestyle 0 0 1
Women's 4 x 100m Medley Relay 0 0 1
Women's 4 x 200m Freestyle Rel 0 1 0
8 also show each event results forZimbabwe 1 3 0 4
Women's 100m Backstroke 0 1 0
Women's 200m Backstroke 1 0 0
Women's 200m Individual Medley 0 1 0
Women's 400m Individual Medley 0 1 0
9 also show each event results forFrance 1 2 3 6
Men's 100m Breaststroke 0 0 1
Men's 100m Freestyle 1 0 0
Men's 200m Breaststroke 0 0 1
Men's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 0 1 0
Men's 50m Freestyle 0 1 1
10 also show each event results forRussia 1 1 2 4
Men's 100m Backstroke 0 0 1
Men's 200m Backstroke 0 0 1
Men's 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 0 1 0
Women's Marathon 10km 1 0 0
11 also show each event results forItaly 1 1 0 2
Women's 200m Freestyle 1 0 0
Women's 800m Freestyle 0 1 0
12 also show each event results forSouth Korea 1 1 0 2
Men's 200m Freestyle 0 1 0
Men's 400m Freestyle 1 0 0
13 also show each event results forBrazil 1 0 1 2
Men's 100m Freestyle 0 0 1
Men's 50m Freestyle 1 0 0
14 also show each event results forTunisia 1 0 0 1
Men's 1500m Freestyle 1 0 0
15 also show each event results forHungary 0 3 0 3
Men's 200m Butterfly 0 1 0
Men's 200m Individual Medley 0 1 0
Men's 400m Individual Medley 0 1 0
16 also show each event results forNorway 0 1 1 2
Men's 100m Breaststroke 0 1 0
Women's 200m Breaststroke 0 0 1
17 also show each event results forSerbia 0 1 0 1
Men's 100m Butterfly 0 1 0
18 also show each event results forSlovenia 0 1 0 1
Women's 200m Freestyle 0 1 0
19 also show each event results forAustria 0 0 1 1
Women's 100m Breaststroke 0 0 1
20 also show each event results forCanada 0 0 1 1
Men's 1500m Freestyle 0 0 1
21 also show each event results forDenmark 0 0 1 1
Women's 800m Freestyle 0 0 1

see also
Phelps claims first Beijing gold
10 Aug 08 |  Swimming
Brits to watch: Liam Tancock
04 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Olympics blog
07 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Beijing 2008
14 Feb 08 |  Olympics
Tancock and Adlington set records
10 Apr 08 |  Swimming


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