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Swimming - 11. March 2011.

Adlington completes golden hat-trick at the British Gas Swimming Championships

Double Olympic Champion Rebecca Adlington put in a commanding
performance in the final of the 800m Freestyle on the penultimate day of
competition at the British Gas Swimming Championships in Manchester.

Adlington - who also won the 200m and 400m Freestyle titles this week -
moved into the lead early on and the race appeared to be on for second
place with Keri-anne Payne and Jazmin Carlin.

Adlington ultimately won the gold in a time of 8:20.23 and commented:
"It is nice that I've qualified. I can go back now and concentrate on
getting ready for World Championships. I want to go out and race well.

"I relaxed this week, I wasn't worried about times. I wanted to race
well and race strong and it has been a great meet. The crowds were
fantastic, the music, the atmosphere - I've loved it."

Carlin eventually took silver in a Welsh record 8:25.67 while Payne
clinched bronze in a personal best 8:29.98.

Florida-based Stephanie Proud took on European Champion Elizabeth
Simmonds and European silver medallist Gemma Spofforth in women's 200m
Backstroke final.

Commonwealth silver medallist Simmonds went out hard for the first 100m
and established a good lead over the field.

But Proud timed her race to perfection and turned for the final 50m in
the lead, going on to win the race in 2:09.41 - a time which will put
her in contention for selection for the World Championships in Shanghai.

"There were four or five of us capable of getting that time for Shanghai
so I am really pleased that I got my hand on the wall first," Proud

"I was quite nervous with Gemma and Lizzie around me but I just tried to
swim my own race and it worked out for me."

Simmonds won the silver in 2:11.67 and European Junior Champion Karley
Mann took the bronze in 2:12.54.

The women's 50m Butterfly went down to the wire with Jessica Sylvester,
Rachael Kelly and Lucy Worrall all swimming stroke for stroke for the
final 25m.

It was Sylvester that stole the win after reaching for the wall in
27.37. Kelly was given the silver after clocking 27.44 and Worrall won
the bronze in 27.70.

Kathryn Johnstone and Lowri Tynan were the stand-out performers in the
50m Breaststroke semi finals, progressing to tomorrow's final in first
and second after winning their respective heats in 32.32 and 32.63.

Amy Smith will go into the final of the 50m Freestyle ranked number one
after securing a time of 25.75. Fran Halsall is second fastest with a
time of 25.88.

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