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SEXTON SETS NEW BRITISH STANDARD IN DEBRECEN
Katy Sexton produced a great semi final swim to lower the British standard for 50m backstroke on day three of the European Short Course Championships in Debrecen.
Sexton (Portsmouth Northsea) finished in a new British Record time of 27.99, which also secured her a place in the final.
The final itself produced another World Record, in what is proving to be a very fast championship.
Sanja Jovanovic from Croatia broke Hui Li of China's six year old record (26.83) to achieve a new world best of 26.50. Janine Pietsch of Germany was second in 27.11 with Fabienne Nadarajah of Austria winning bronze in 27.50.
Sexton's time of 28.11 gave her 8th place which she was satisfied with. She said,
"I am really pleased with my swim in the final. Perhaps if there had not been so long between each of my races I could have swum faster, but I am not complaining.
"Breaking the British Record in the semi finals was a great surprise. That has not happened for a while!
"Short course swimming is not where my strength lies so to come away with several personal bests and a British Record is very pleasing and it highlights that my training is moving in the right direction."
Thinking ahead, Sexton was looking forward to the New Year. She added,
"I am hoping to get away on a warm weather camp in February and then return to rest up a few weeks before the all important Olympic Trials at the start of April."
Terri Dunning (Co Birmingham) produced another strong swim only just missing out in a place in the final of the 100m butterfly.
Dunning finished 9th overall after the semi finals in a time of 58.64 which was a frustrating result for the 22-year old.
"I was hoping to get a PB tonight, which would have taken me into tomorrows final. I was not too far off it so I am pleased, but to finish 9th I cannot help thinking I could have pushed harder.
"I have enjoyed a very good meet here, with personal bests in both my 50m and 200m fly as well as setting a new British Record so I am really happy.
"I will be training hard at home come the New Year and all my focus and attention will be on the Trials in April."
The European Short Course Championships (25m) is taking place in Debrecen, Hungary between 13th and 16th December 2007.
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Michael Bradley Photography