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GB relay quartet win world bronze

Fina World Championships
Date: 17 July-2 August (swimming from 26 July) Venue: Rome
Coverage: Live/highlights on BBC Two, Red Button and BBC Sport website

ritain's 200m women's freestyle relay team

Replay - GB relay women clinch bronze

Great Britain's women's 200m freestyle relay team took bronze as the records continued to tumble at the World Championships in Rome.

The quartet of Jo Jackson, Jazmin Carlin, Caitlin McClatchey, and Rebecca Adlington were beaten to gold by China, while the United States took silver.

There were seven world records broken in total on day five in Rome.

That included Ryan Lochte beating Michael Phelps's record in the men's 200m individual medley to seal gold.

American Lochte surpassed his compatriot's previous record setting a new time of one minute 54.10 seconds. Hungary's Laszlo Cseh was second with Eric Shanteau of the US taking bronze.


Britain's James Goddard swam well but came sixth which after a recent shoulder injury was a respectable finish.

"I'm disappointed but to make the final is still a good achievement considering my shoulder injury," said Loughborough's Goddard.

"Hopefully next time will be better but I'm still pleased with my times here."

Phelps had held the world record since 2003, and had lowered it seven times. The 14-time Olympic gold medallist had dominated the event internationally, winning world titles in 2003, 2005 and 2007, and Olympic gold in 2004 and 2008.

But when he opted out of the medleys to concentrate on freestyle and butterfly this year, it opened the door for Lochte.

The men's 100m freestyle saw Brazil's Cesar Cielo Filho win gold and break the world record in a blistering final.

Filho set a new record of 46.91, beating Alain Bernard's previous time with the Frenchman coming second with his compatriot Frederick Bousquet third.

Joanne Jackson (R), Jazmin Carlin (L), Caitlin Mcclatchey (2ndL) and Rebecca Adlington (2ndR) of Great Britain
Jackson (R), Carlin (L), McClatchey (2nd L) and Adlington won bronze

"I think the three of us took swimming to a new level. I did it," said Cielo Filho.

In the women's 100m freestyle semi GB's Fran Halsall qualified fourth quickest for the final with Australia's Lisbeth Trickett setting the pace.

"I'm happy with that and I really want to go under 53 seconds on Friday," said Halsall.

"I'm in the mix for a medal with my time and if I swim my race I could get one."

The women's 200m backstroke semi-final saw Canada's Annamay Pierse set a new world record of 2.20.12 surpassing Rebecca's Soni's previous time.

Australia's Jessicah Schipper clinched gold in the final of the women's 200m butterfly and also set a new world record of 2.03.41.

Schipper finished ahead of China's Liu Zige and Hungary's Katinka Hosszu third.

Christian Sprenger was another Australian to topple a world record, setting a new best of 2.07.31 in the semi-final of the 200m breaststroke. But Kris Gilchrist missed out on a place in the final, despite setting a new British record.

Records continued to fall with China's Zhao Jing winning the gold in the women's 50m backstroke and setting a new world best of 27.06 with Germany's Daniela Samulski second and Gao Chang third.

Britain's Chris Walker-Hebborn just missed out on a place in the men's 200m backstroke final despite setting a new national record of 1.56.05 in the semi.

All of us gave 110% and we did better than we did last year. It's just been brilliant

Rebecca Adlington

The day ended with the final of women's 4x200m freestyle relay with Britain among the favourites for gold, having qualified fastest.

But China's quartet of Yang Yu, Zhu Qian Wei, Liu Jing and Pang Jiaying led from start to finish to seal gold and set a new world record time of 7.42.08.

Britain's time saw them record a new national and European record of 7:45.51 and the quartet were delighted with their achievement.

Jo Jackson, silver medallist in the 400m freestyle, led the team off and said: "We knew it would be tough out there tonight, there was a lot of good teams.

"But I thought we did a great performance, a great team effort.

"We got a massive PB and a British and European record. We did awesome and we are all really proud of each other."

"All of us gave 110% and we did better than we did last year. It's just been brilliant," added Adlington, who swam the last leg.

""It was hard but I held on and to get a medal is just unbelievable."

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