Monday, 29 March 2010

British Gas Swimming Championships 2010 - Day 1 Finals

Women's 200 LC Meter Freestyle Final

Rebecca Adlington returned to form in the 200m Free with a strong time of 1:57.87. The time puts her fourth in the world this year behind the Australian trio of Blair Evans (1:57.38), Bronte Barratt (1:57.46) and Kylie Palmer (1:57.69). Jazz Carlin took second in 1:58.51 with Jo Jackson third in 1:58.93. Fran Halsall took the race out in a rapid 27.48 at 50m and 57.27 at the 100m mark before Adlington, Carlin and Jackson took over control of the race.

Adlington was clearly pleased after the race with her swim and especially with the fact that she gets to swim on the 4 x 200m relay.

Jo Jackson was seen coughing heavily after her race. Jackson has been battling acute asthma in recent months. Fortunately her treatment which costs £6000 per year will now be paid for by British Swimming.

UPDATE - Despite being announced live on BBC Radio, this comes from Nick Hope on Twitter 'GB press officer confirms to me that they have NOT agreed to fund the special asthma drugs being considered for Jo Jackson's condition'.

Men's 50 LC Meter Backstroke Semi-Finals

World Champion Liam Tancock set a new textile best time in the semis of the 50m Back. Tancock's time of 24.52 was 0.2 seconds faster than Matt Grevers effort at the Austin Grand Prix. The time is just 0.6 seconds slower than Tancock's world record set last year in Rome and will set him up nicely for the 100m Back later in the week. Luke Wood (26.07), Ryan Bennett (26.20), Scott Hathaway (26.38) and Craig Gibbons (26.62) completed the top 5 qualifiers for tomorrow's final.

Women's 50 LC Meter Butterfly Semi-Finals

Amy Smith set the pace in the women's 50m Fly leading the field in 27.34. Louise Pate qualified second in 27.44. Jemma Lowe, fresh from Florida's NCAA success, qualified third in 27.47.

Men's 400 LC Meter Freestyle Final

Robbie Renwick (3:50.32) and David Carry (3:50.55) duelled it out in the final of the 400m Free swimming the sixth and seventh fastest times of the year. Carry took the race out before Renwick took over just after the 300m mark. It looked like Carry would be dropped once Renwick went past but he battled back to set-up a grandstand finish. Both men will be representing Scotland at this year's Commonwealths. Robert Bale, 20, took third in 3:51.58, a huge lifetime best. British record holder David Davies ended up ninth in 3:59.07. Davies is already pre-selected for the Commonwealth games and will hopefully return to his very best form in time for Delhi.

Women's 200 LC Meter IM Final

Scotland's Hannah Miley took another national title in the 200m IM in a time of 2:12.32. The time puts Miley sixth in the world this year and comes just 30 minutes after swimming 1:59.52 in the 200m Free final. Aimee Willmott qualified for England with a time of 2:14.25 with Anne Bochmann taking third in 2:15.79.

Miley's splits compared to the top 3 in the world this year

Miley 29.50 - 1:03.05 (33.55) - 1:41.22 (38.17) - 2:12.32 (31.10)
Kukors 28.80 - 1:01.87 (33.07) - 1:39.56 (37.69) - 2:10.34 (30.78)
Rice 27.85 - 1:01.17 (33.32) - 1:39.45 (38.28) - 2:10.07 (30.62)
Seebohm 27.21 - 59.89 (32.68) - 1:39.17 (39.28) - 2:10.75 (31.58)

Men's 200 LC Meter Butterfly Final

Michael Rock led from the start in the final of the men's 200m Fly winning in a time of 1:56.86. Roberto Pavoni, 19, took second in a strong time of 1:57.29 with Joe Roebuck, 25, third in 1:57.38. The time puts Rock fourth in the world this year, Australian Nick D'Arcy leads the world in 1:54.61.

Women's 50 LC Meter Breaststroke Semi-Finals

Achieng Ajulu-Bushell, 16, continued her strong day with victory in the 50m Breast in a rapid time of 31.04. The time puts her second in the world this year behind only Leisel Jones' 30.87 effort from the Australian Trials. Stephanie Slater qualified second in 32.14 with Georgia Heyn and Lowri Tynan equal third in 32.30.

Ajulu-Bushell, who was born in Manchester, represented Kenya at the World Championships last year but intends to switch nationalities in time for the Commonwealth Games.

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