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Britain in hunt for relay medals

Lizzie Simmonds
Simmonds qualified seventh fastest for the women's 200m backstroke final

Great Britain qualified for both the men's and women's 4x100m medley finals while David Davies and Lizzie Simmonds also booked final berths.

The British women set a new European record as they qualified second behind Australia while the men came third in their heat to set a new British mark.

Earlier, Welshman Davies qualified fifth for the men's 1500m freestyle.

Simmonds made it through to the women's 200m backstroke final but fellow Brit Gemma Spofforth narrowly missed out.

In the 4x100m medley relays, Britain's women posted a time of three minutes 59.14 seconds to qualify second, while the men set a new national record of 3:33.83 as they qualified fifth fastest.

I've made an Olympic final - it's the stuff you dream of

British backstroker Lizzie Simmonds

The United States went through as fastest qualifiers despite resting Michael Phelps.

"We just needed to get the 'A' guys in a good spot," said backstroker Matt Grevers, who led off the quartet.

"We got the job done, we had safe starts, that was the goal, safe starts, no DQ (disqualification) for no reason.

"We've heard those words a lot. I don't think we'll be allowed to leave China if we get a DQ."

In the women's 200m backstroke, Simmonds clocked 2:08.96 to qualify seventh fastest.

"It was tough getting up for that race after last night but I couldn't be happier with how it went," said Simmonds.

"I've made an Olympic final. It's the stuff you dream of. Anything can happen now, there are some tough girls in there so we'll have to see. I'm very excited."

Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe was the fastest into the final, winning the second semi-final in 2:07.76.

Elizabeth Beisel of the US won the opening semi ahead of Japan's Reiko Nakamura.

Olympic 100m freestyle champion Alain Bernard of France kept alive his hopes of a sprint double as he took his place in the final of the 50m event.

Brazilian Cesar Cielo Filho broke the Olympic record with a swim of 21.34secs in the other semi-final, while Australia's Eamon Sullivan came in third.

Fran Halsall was the eighth fastest qualifier for the women's 50m freestyle semi-finals.

Halsall, who was eighth in the 100m final earlier on Friday, clocked 24.93secs to finish behind fastest qualifier Cate Campbell of Australia and American veteran Dara Torres.

World record holder Libby Trickett and 100m champion Britta Steffen also progressed, as did Marleen Veldhuis of the Netherlands.


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


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