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Last Updated: Tuesday, 27 March 2007, 14:11 GMT 15:11 UK
Balfour misses out in Melbourne
Kirsty Balfour
Balfour could not match her semi-final time
Scotland's Kirsty Balfour missed out on a medal after finishing fifth in the final of the 100m breaststroke at the World Swimming Championships.

The City of Edinburgh member qualified fourth fastest but swam slower in the final and was last at the turn.

She recovered to clock 1:08.05 but was more than two seconds behind gold medallist Leisel Jones of Australia.

Fellow Scot Caitlin McClatchey has booked her place in Wednesday's final of the 200m freestyle.

Double Commonwealth champion McClatchey, 21, was the seventh quickest in the semi-finals, recording a time of 1:57.86.

That would have been good enough for gold at the the last World Championships, while Italian Frederica Pellegrini qualified fastest with 1:56.47.

"I knew what I had to do to make the final but I didn't realise it was going to be as fast as that," said McClatchey.

"It was always going to take a fast time but nearly every swimmer who qualified did so in a time that would have won gold two years ago and that just shows how far the world has moved on.

"It's going to take something special to medal with such a high-class field showing such great form but I'll relax, take things easy and make sure I'm at my best for the final."

Balfour, 23, is a 200m specialist but had broken her own British record with a time of 1:07.67 to reach the final of the shorter event in Melbourne.

"I'm slightly disappointed with the time and not to be on the podium but I'm looking to the 200m breaststroke now which is definitely my strongest event," said Balfour.

"I didn't feel comfortable enough and felt I rushed it too much but I'll put that right for my main event."

Jones' winning time of 1:05.72 shattered the championship record.

American Tara Kirk took the silver medal in 1:06.34, with Ukrainian Anna Khlistunova third in 1:07.27.

Kirk's team-mate Jessica Hardy was fourth, comfortably ahead of Balfour.

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