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BRITISH RECORD FOR DUNNING IN WORLD RECORD FINAL
In what turned out to also be a World Record breaking final, Dunning (Co Birmingham) kept pace with the leaders and was in a bronze medal position going into the final 50m.
As Otylia Jedrzejczak stepped up a gear to take the title in the new record time of 2:03.53, Dunning was just was just pipped at the finishing line by Germany's Annika Mehlhorn who took bronze in 2:06.53 ahead of Dunning's 2:06.54. Hungary's Emese Kovacs won silver in 2:05.41.
Speaking after the race Dunning was clearly pleased with her performance.
"I was very relaxed coming into the final following a good performance in this morning's heats.
"I knew it was always going to be a fast race but I really was not aware we were on World Record breaking time. My aim during recent training sessions for this event has been to really push the second 100m, and I was feeling good and swimming well, so tried to keep up with the leaders as much as possible.
"I'm delighted to have taken the British record, although seeing the time the German girl achieved to take the bronze medal, I'm a little frustrated that I didn't hold on for third.
"I still have the 50m and 100m butterfly events to come and this result will give me renewed confidence to compete well alongside the best in Europe."
Cassie Patten (Stockport Metro) also featured in the final, where she swam a personal best time of 2:08.56, much to her amazement.
She commented, "I have been nursing a shoulder injury and have not featured fly in any training sessions for some time, so my time in somewhat surprising, but very encouraging.
She added, "I have come to this meet straight from the camp in Australia and only found out I was entered into this race when I arrived. This meant I was a little nervous before the final, which has proven to be not such a bad thing.
"I am really loving every minute of my training and racing at the moment. My coach Sean Kelly ensures we enjoy and have fun with our swimming and I believe this shows in some of the results I am now producing.
Fresh from winning gold at the Dutch Open (50m) last week, Katy Sexton produced another strong swim to take her into tomorrow's 100m backstroke final.
In qualifying 5th fastest, Sexton (Portsmouth Northsea) produced a personal best time of 59.01 and was pleased with the result.
She said, "I am happy to reach the final and to get a PB but I am now looking to go sub-59 seconds.
"Today was all about getting two rounds out of the way, which I have done, but the work will really be done tomorrow in the final.
"Winning gold in Eindhoven has given me confidence, but that was last week. Tomorrow is a new day, a new race and I hope to focus well, swim hard and enjoy the race."
Sexton's coach, Graham Wardell, was also pleased with her progress into the final. He said,
"It is so pleasing to watch a swimmer enjoy training and racing as much as Katy is doing right now.
"She has enjoyed some good results but she will be looking to step her game up tomorrow and go under 59 seconds."
Georgia Davies (Swansea Performance Centre) also progressed to the semi finals where she improved on her heat time to finish 15th overall in 1:01.25.
Davies commented, "I put quite a lot of pressure on myself to compete well here and I am happy that I improved on my heat time during the semis.
"I am enjoying the competition and swimming alongside some of the best athletes in Europe provides a great learning experience. I hope that with more hard work and training, I will achieve the results I am hoping for and will be looking to challenge for not just a place in the final, but for medals.