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Adlington shows class in Olympic pool
Double Olympic Champion Rebecca Adlington demonstrated her world class
talent in the final of the women's 800m Freestyle on the penultimate day
of the British Gas Swimming Championships.
Adlington dominated her main event to take her second British title of
the week with a swim that saw her win with almost a ten second lead.
The world record holder was turning within the record splits for the
opening stages of her race but began to fall off the pace as the race
Adlington touched in a time of 8:18.54 - the third fastest time for a
"I am so pleased," Adlington said. "The 800m is the one I love the most
and I wanted to do well tonight. I didn't have a target, I just wanted
to qualify. Everyone's dream is to go to a home Olympics.
"I am going to keep working hard so that I am ready for the summer. I
will sit down with my coach and discuss what the plan is. We didn't even
discuss what happens after this week. I don't know what's next. Everyone
is wanting to improve, so game on. It's just about making sure we stay
injury and illness free.
"It is so great to come out and hear the cheers, I have never had that
before. Swimming here is a nice warm up for us. It is good to be
familiar with the pool and we have that now."
The silver medal was won by 19-year old Eleanor Faulkner who touched in
a time of 8:27.11 to take her first individual Olympic nomination time.
The bronze went to back-to-back World Champion Keri-anne Payne in
Elizabeth Simmonds put the disappointment of the 100m Backstroke behind
her to swim under the Olympic qualification standard in the 200m
The European Champion commanded the start of the race to take the lead
before the first turn.
Simmonds fought off the challenge of Stephanie Proud to take the gold
medal in a time of 2:08.67.
"It's a massive relief," Simmonds said. "There's a lot of things I can
improve on in that race. I've burned up a lot of energy this week due to
"To have to wait until almost the last race of the trials to make it is
tough. It was about me going in and having a blast, that's when I swim
my best. That's what I need to do. I know that's what works for me and
what I have to do in the future."
Proud took silver just outside of the qualification standard in 2:09.94.
The bronze went to Karley Mann in a time of 2:10.57.
British Gas ITC Stockport's Michael Rock swam to victory in the men's
100m Butterfly as he secured his first Olympic nomination time of the
"That's a big sigh of relief," Rock said. "I have had a disappointing
couple of days so it's been really important to regain my focus and have
this wonderful opportunity to make the team tonight.
"There was extra pressure tonight because I didn't produce a good enough
performance in the 200m."
Marriott took the silver in a new personal best time of 52.49 and the
bronze was taken by Antony James in 52.59.
Fran Halsall claimed lane four in the 50m Freestyle after qualifying
fastest overall from the semi finals. Halsall touched in 24.63 to beat her season's
Amy Smith will follow Halsall into the final with a time of 25.05.