Friday, 2 April 2010

British Gas Swimming Championships 2010 - Day 5 Finals

Mens Open 100m Butterfly Final

Michael Rock took his second fly victory of the meet with a win in the 100m. Rock recorded a time of 52.66 which was 0.3 seconds slower than his semi final effort of 52.36. Antony James took second in 53.18 with Ian Hulme third in 53.53.

Womens Open 50m Freestyle Final

Francesca Halsall dominated the 50m Free final winning in a time of24.77. Halsall was tied for second in the world with her previous best time this year of 24.94, but now takes sole possession of the second spot. Halsall remains 0.37 seconds behind Holland's Ranomi Kromowidjojo. Amy Smith took second in 25.46 with Kate Weaver third in 26.09.

Mens Open 50m Breaststroke Final

There was a big upset in the 50m Breast final with Robert Holderness pipping British record holder Darren Mew to the title. Holderness, 11 years younger than Mew, won in a time of 28.73 to Mew's second placed 28.74. Chris Tidey took third in 28.85. Mew had been 28.39 in yesterday's semi finals.

Womens Open 200m Backstroke Final

Lizzie Simmonds improved upon her previous world leading time in the 200m Back final. Simmonds was the clear victor in a time of 2:06.79 with Gemma Spofforth second in 2:09.18. Spofforth's Florida team mate Stephanie Proud took third in 2:09.99.

Simmonds' time was just 0.17 seconds slower than Kristina Egerszegi's world record of 2:06.62 prior to the arrival of the techsuits in Feb 2008.

Simmonds' splits

29.92 - 1:01.64 (31.72) - 1:34.36 (32.72) - 2:06.79 (32.43)

Mens Open 50m Freestyle Semi.F

Adam Brown showed little signs of jet lag after qualifying fastest for the 50m Free final tomorrow in 22.80. Simon Burnett was second fastest in 23.02 with Grant Turner (23.20) and Craig Gibbons (23.21) qualifying in third and fourth.

Womens Open 100m Breaststroke Final

Achieng Ajulu-Bushell used her speed to take her to victory in the 100m Breast final in a time of 1:08.51. Ajulu-Bushell turned in a speedy 31.49 before dropping off slightly on the second 50m. Kate Haywood who has been troubled by a hip injury which has stopped her being able to train breaststroke kick, turned in an impressive 1:09.56 for second. Winner of the 200m Stacey Tadd took third in 1:09.90.

Mens Open 100m Backstroke Final

Liam Tancock set a stunning new textile best time of 52.85 in the 100m Back final. Tancock's swim takes him past Aaron Piersol's world record that stood in February 2008 of 52.98. Tancock has been swimming fast all meet but has pulled out of semis and finals to focus on this event... it certainly paid off. Tancock's splits were 25.65 and 27.20. Chris Walker-Hebborn took second in 54.78 with Ryan Bennett third in 55.93.

Matt Grevers (USA) had held the fastest time in the world this year with a 53.05.

Womens Open 400m Freestyle Final

Rebecca Adlington took her third victory of the meet in the 400m Free, winning in a time of 4:05.50. The time equals Bronte Barratt's world leading time from the Australian trials this month. The splits from both races can be seen below.

Rebecca Adlington 4:05.50 - 28.62 - 59.26 (30.64) - 1:30.29 (31.03) - 2:01.41 (31.12) - 2:32.42 (31.01) - 3:03.90 (31.48) - 3:34.96 (31.06) - 4:05.50 (30.54)

Bronte Barratt 4:05.50 - 28.70 - 59.42 (30.72) - 1:30.34 (30.92) - 2:01.81 (31.47) - 2:32.75 (30.94) - 3:03.69 (30.94) - 3:34.76 (31.07) - 4:05.50 (30.74)

Jaz Carlin took second in 4:09.41 with Sasha Matthews third in 4:12.20.

Womens Open 50m Backstroke Final

Gergia Davies took victory in the 50 Back in a fast time of 28.54, sixth in the world this year. Katrina Alder was second in 29.36 with Emma Saunders third in 29.43.

Mens Open 200m IM Final

James Goddard capped an excellent night for British swimming with a world leading 1:57.76 in the 200m IM. Goddard moves well clear of the rest of the world. Leith Brodie had been held the fastest time of 2010 with his time of 1:59.60. Joe Roebuck took second in 1:59.71, the world's third fastest time this year. 400 IM winner Roberto Pavoni took third in 2:01.93.

Goddard's splits

25.70 - 54.78 (29.08) - 1:28.80 (34.02) - 1:57.76 (28.96).

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