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Swimming - 17. August 2008.

Aussies win 100m Medlay Gold

In the Women's 4x100m Medley relay, Team GB finished, agonisingly, in fourth position. The team consisting of Gemma Spofforth, Kate Haywood, Jemma Lowe and Fran Halsall broke the European record for the second time in two days, finishing in 3:57.50, but were disappointed not to get a medal. Gemma Spofforth also broke the 100m backstroke European record as she led the team out. "I had a good swim but we are all very disappointed. Fourth again is not where we wanted to be" said backstroke swimmer Spofforth. Haywood continued "we are a young team and all swam our best. I'm not swimming well and maybe we could have got a medal if I'd done better. "We are disappointed but there is nothing we can do about it now, we can't control the other teams, we just had to give it our all which is what we did, " reflected Lowe. An emotional Halsall concluded, "It's so horrible to get fourth, I'm so gutted and really upset."

The race was won by defending champions, Australia with a new world record of 3:52.69, with USA second in 3:53.30 and China in bronze in 3:56.11.

In the Women's 4 x 100m Medley Relay, however, defending champions Australia may see less competition, qualifying over a second faster than Great Britain and the United States, who came in second and third.
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