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Swimming - 10. August 2008.

World Olympic and British records tumble




The morning session of the second day of swimming at the Water Cube in
Beijing saw the first swimming finals, which were predicted to be exciting
and did not disappoint.


Team GB swimmer Jemma Lowe making the final of the Women's 100m butterfly in
her first Olympics, where she also equalled her British record.

Rice of Australia then broke the World record in the Women's 400m
Individual Medley,.


The morning schedule concluded with the Women's 4x100m freestyle relay where a new Olympic record was set by The Netherlands team who edged out the United States and Australia. A new British record was also recorded in the Women's 4x100m freestyle relay.


In the semi-finals of the Women's 100m butterfly a focused Jemma Lowe had a
fantastic start and strong swim, equalling her British record in 57.78 and
in doing so booked her place in the final. After qualifying for the
semi-finals in sixteenth place she goes into the final tomorrow as sixth
fastest qualifier. "I had a good feeling about this race today, I had a good
sleep [last night], gave it my best and really wanted it" said Lowe who is
excited to be in the final tomorrow.


Stephanie Rice (Australia) beat the world record by 2.6 seconds to win the
gold medal in the final of the Women's 400m Individual Medley in a time of
4:28.45. Rice lead from the beginning, however momentarily in the backstroke
leg Kirsty Coventry (Zimbabwe) clawed back Rice's lead. In the final
freestyle leg Rice, once again showed her strength to win comfortably in
4:29.45. In the same event Hannah Miley from Garioch, finished sixth in
4:39.44. A positive Miley said, "I'm over the moon to have made the final, I
gave it my all, there were lots of positives so I have to take what I can
from the race and make improvements for the future" concluding she said "its
not everyday you make an Olympic final, the future is bright. Rice and
Miley will now concentrate on the women's 200m Individual Medley scheduled
for Monday.


The session concluded with the Women's 4x100m freestyle, which saw Team GB
comprising of Fran Halsall, Caitlin McClatchey, Jessica Sylvester and Mel
Marshall produce a superb team performance and in doing so saw them lower
the British record for the second time in two days, finishing seventh in
3:38.18. The Nederlands, United States and Australia claimed the top three
positions.

The evening session sees British swimmers compete in the following events:
Women's 100m backstroke - heat: Lizzie Simmonds (Loughborough) and Gemma
Spofforth (Plymouth Northsea)

Women's 100m breaststroke - heat: Kate Haywood (Loughborough) and Kirsty
Balfour (City of Edinburgh)

Women's 400m freestyle - heat: Jo Jackson (Loughborough) and Rebecca
Adlington (Nova Centurion)
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