Tancock, Spofforth dominate Day 3 of British Gas Swim champs

Liam Tancock secured his place for this year's World Champs in Shanghai

Day Three of the British Gas Swimming Championships in Manchester saw Gemma Spofforth book her place at the World Championships with 100m Backstroke gold.

Spofforth overhauled European silver medallist Lizzie Simmonds to touch home in one minute 00.52 seconds. Florida-based Spofforth, who had lost her 100m backstroke crown to Simmonds in 2010, described her win as “redemption”.

The 23-year-old told the BBC: “It was very important. It was something that I thought about quite often and I came in wanting to win this as redemption from last year.”

Liam Tancock dominated the men’s equivalent on day three, also securing his place on the plane for Shanghai World Champs this summer, winning the 100m Backstroke two seconds ahead of his closest rival. Tancock was buoyed by his time of 53.44 seconds so early in his preparations for the World Championships.

“I improved through the rounds and that was a great sign. I love competing against the best in Britain and the best in the world,” he told The BBC. “Bring on Shanghai, I like racing the big guns.”

Meanwhile, Keri-Anne Payne broke Rebecca Cooke’s eight-year old British record in the 1500m Freestyle and Ross Davenport held off a strong field to clinch the 200m Freestyle title.

And double Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington overcame the effects of her victory in Saturday’s 400m freestyle victory to qualify ahead of rivals Jazmin Carlin, Jo Jackson and Hannah Miley in the 200m freestyle semi-final.

“I was feeling really stiff today after the 400m and it was just a chance to get in and do a good swim,” she told the BBC.


Via Swimming.org

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