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MCCLATCHEY TAKES BRONZE IN JAPAN
21st August 2007
The Loughborough University swimmer gave a gutsy performance and raced hard all the way to keep within the fight for the medals.
Her time of 4:07.12 was just shy of her best of 4:07.02 and it left McClatchey feeling slightly disappointed despite her podium place.
"I'm feeling a little mixed at the moment," said McClatchey. "It was a good swim but I wanted it to be better and had trained hard to ensure it was.
"It's always nice to win a medal and in such a quality field it feels even better but I wanted a best time, to improve on that British Record and take a couple rivals out in the process.
"If I'd had a better morning swim and an easier lane tonight that may have made a difference but it didn't. I gave it a good go, I had people in my sights and a time in my head but I was just shy of those."
Gold went to Australia's Bronte Barratt in 4:05.93 and Otylia Jedrzejczak took silver in 4:06.27. Britain's Rebecca Cooke (City of Glasgow) also went in the final and finished sixth in 4:11.32.
A Scottish record fell when Kris Gilchrist (City of Edinburgh) set a new best time in the final of the Men's 100m Breaststroke.
A delighted Gilchrist, who normally applies himself to the 200m distance, finished sixth in 1:01.47 ahead of Darren Mew (University of Bath) in seventh with 1:01.62.
Gold went to favourite Kosuke Kitajima of Japan in 59:73 with Christian Sprenger of Australia taking silver while Jon Roberts of the U.S. grabbed bronze.
In the Women's 400m Individual Medley Hannah Miley (Garioch) finished fifth in 4:42.17, David Davies (City of Cardiff) was fifth in the Men's 400m Freestyle in a time of 3:49.80 - just outside of his personal best - and in the Women's 100m Breaststroke Kate Haywood led the Brits home in fifth (1:08.73) with Kirsty Balfour in sixth (1:08.95).
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