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Adlington sets new Olympic record

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Rebecca Adlington set a new Olympic record in the 800m freestyle heats as six British swimmers reached finals.

Adlington, who has already won the 400m women's freestyle, set a new mark of eight minutes 18.06 seconds.

Fran Halsall, Gregor Tait, Liam Tancock, James Goddard and Cassie Patten also reached finals.

But Mark Foster, Great Britain's flag bearer at the opening ceremony, went out after finishing 23rd in the 50m freestyle heats in 22.36 secs.

Foster, now 38 and a five-time Olympian, said he always felt deep down that a medal was beyond him but admitted he had hoped to make it out of the heats.

"Being the racer I am, and with what I've achieved over the years, I did expect a little bit more," he told BBC Sport.

"I think I was more nervous than I have been for a long time. I started thinking it might be my last Olympics - I'm disappointed with the way I swam. I just felt awful while I was swimming it."

France's Amaury Leveaux set a new Olympics record of 21.46 to go through as the fastest qualifier, one one-hundredth of a second ahead of Brazilian Cesar Cielo-Filho.

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Foster was followed into the pool by Adlington, the new star of British swimming.

The 19-year-old was under world record pace for much of her heat before coming home in a new Olympic mark to be the fastest qualifier for the 800m freestyle final, which will also feature Patten.

"I did not expect that at all. I'm really pleased with that," Adlington told BBC Sport.

Asked if she was looking forward to Saturday's final she said: "Definitely, definitely. It's going to be good."

The women's 800m freestyle world record of 8:16.22, which is held by American great Janet Evans and was set in 1989, is the oldest record still standing.

In the men's 100m butterfly heats, Serbia's Milorad Cavic set a new Olympic record when he touched ahead of Michael Phelps in 50.76 secs.

But British pair Michael Rock and Todd Cooper both failed to progress to the semi-finals.

The final two British swimmers in action on Thursday, Lizzie Simmonds and Gemma Spofforth, both made in through to the semi-finals of the women's 200m.

Simmonds set a new British record of 2.08.66 as she went through as the second-fastest qualifier, while Spofforth sneaked through as the 16th and final qualifier.

Halsall eased some of the pain of the women's 4x200m relay failure by reaching the final of the women's 100m freestyle.

The 4x200m squad had been tipped as medal contenders but fielded a weakened team in the heats and finished in ninth, one place outside the final.

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Video - Halsall happy with heat success

Halsall bounced back to come third in her 100m semi-final in 53.94, with American Natalie Coughlin the fastest qualifier for the final with a time of 53.70.

Tait, who qualified for his second straight 200m backstroke Olympic final in a time of 1:56.72, just missed his own British record as he finished sixth fastest overall.

Defending champion Aaron Peirsol set the fastest time in the semi-finals with 1:55.26.

Tait told BBC Sport: "If I keep swimming fast, then who knows what will happen.

"But I am not putting any pressure on myself to win or to get a medal. It doesn't really matter that much, I just want to enjoy myself."

Goddard and Tancock will both feature in the men's 200m individual medley final.

Goddard, who finished third in his semi-final, told BBC Sport: "I have made the Olympic final again, so I am really excited.

"I have done what I wanted to do, which is get through to the final, and now I can enjoy it tomorrow morning. I am so happy that I am there."

Tancock made Friday's medley final by finishing fourth in his semi-final, which was won by American Phelps, who remains on course for an incredible eight golds.

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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
Olympics blog
07 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Beijing 2008
14 Feb 08 |  Olympics
Guide to synchro
02 Mar 06 |  Swimming


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