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Beijing Olympics 2008

News from Beijing

15 August 2008

European record for Haywood and co

Kate Haywood was part of a British medley relay team to set a European record in tonight’s heats.

The breaststroke specialist swam the second leg of the 4x100m relay, teaming up with Gemma Spofforth, who trains at Loughborough when in the UK, and GB team mates Jemma Lowe and Fran Halsall to set the new standard of 3:59.14.

"I was gutted after my swim on Monday and it took me a few days to get myself together but I tried my best for the girls and gave it all I had," said a delighted Haywood.

In the men’s event, student Liam Tancock was part of a British team to set a new national record of 3:33.83, knocking two seconds off the previous best.

"That was another good performance from a new look team which has just set a new British record,” he said. “We've got a long rest now until the final. It will be a long recovery, we'll refocus and I know there's more to give."

Both teams are through to Sunday’s finals where they will be eyeing the podium on the last day of action.

Also in the pool this evening was David Davies in the 1500m Freestyle. In a fast heat, Davies touched third in 14:46.11 just off his lifetime best, to qualify fifth fastest for the final. Australia’s Grant Hackett qualified fastest with a new Olympic record.

"That was unbelievable,” said Davies. “It was the fastest heat ever and was really, really hard work, but it was expected. It's going to be tough, there's a lot of guys going for this final.

Loughborough University - Beijing 2008

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