Double Olympic Champion Rebecca Adlington swam an impressive race in her main event, the women’s 800m Freestyle, and sealed her place on the World Championship squad on the fourth day of the British Gas Swimming Championships 2009.
Adlington (Nova Centurion) dominated her final and carved out an early lead and was turning within world record time at the 300m mark.
She looked strong and powerful throughout her final and although she was turned outside of the world record at the half way point she still held an eight second lead and looked on track to emulate her form from Beijing.
The world record holder touched home to rapturous applause in a time of 8:18.86.
"I really just wanted to give this a solid swim and that's why I pulled out of the 200m," Adlington said. "In a five-day meet it's hard to do both and, with my fitness not quite where I want it to be just yet, I can't push on in the 200m.
"This week has been a learning curve for me and, I won't lie, I haven't been blazing a trail in training.
"But I'm happy with my time, it's solid, and I really want to push on from this."
Swansea ITC’s Jazmin Carlin and Keri-Anne Payne (Stockport ITC) fought it out for the silver medal and it was Carlin that pulled away at the 500m mark. Carlin secured the silver with a time of 8:30.12 with Olympic silver medallist taking the bronze in 8:35.03.
Ellen Gandy stormed to an impressive European record in the women’s 200m Butterfly and sealed her second place on the British World Championship squad.
Gandy had an excellent start and was turning well within the European record at the 100m mark. Olympian Hannah Miley fought to catch Gandy but found the Beckenham swimmer, Gandy, had too much power.
Gandy touched home in 2:04.83 to take almost a second off the European, Commonwealth and British record time.
“I really didn't know it was that fast,” Gandy said. “I just can't believe what I've done. A 2:04 is one of the fastest swims of all time and is just off the world record.
“I've just beaten the likes of Jess Schipper which is amazing. It’s been a great week for me and for British Swimming.
Garioch swimmer Miley took the silver medal with a time of 2:08.24 and the bronze medal was won by Jessica Dickons (Borough of Stockton) in 2:10.21.
The semi-final of the women’s 200m Backstroke saw Georgia Davies (Swansea Performance) qualify fastest for tomorrow’s final with a time of 2:11.87. She is followed by Rachel Lefley (Loughborough University) who qualified on 2:12.67 and Katherine Venters (Borough of Kirklees) who finished in 2:13.61.
photos Janos Schmidt