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Beijing Olympics 2008

News from Beijing

10 August 2008

Swim quartet through to semi finals

Four Loughborough swimmers have qualified for tomorrow’s semi finals after impressive performances on the second night of heats in Beijing.

Ross Davenport, Kate Haywood, Lizzie Simmonds and Liam Tancock all made the grade during a fast night of swimming at the Olympic Cube.

Davenport qualified in 11th position in the 200m Freestyle in 1:47.13 before joining up with his GB team mates in the 4x100m Freestyle to smash the British record by five seconds and make the final in 3:13.69.

“I’m really pleased with my first swim at these Games,” said Davenport talking about his individual event. “It’s a fraction off my personal best and worth a semi-final place. Sometimes it’s just about racing and not times, and tonight was one of those occasions.

“There’s real strength in depth in this event, but I feel I can go quicker and push for the final.”

In the 100m Backstroke events, student Liam Tancock qualified sixth into tomorrow’s semi final with a time of 53.85 seconds, while new girl Lizzie Simmonds set a University record to be ranked 12th going into the finals in 60.53.

"I really, really enjoyed that, the atmosphere is amazing,” said Simmonds. “It is a fantastic experience and I'm really pleased to have recorded a personal best.”

Kate Haywood will swim in the semi finals of the 100m Breaststroke having finished 11th in 1:08.18.

"I didn't know if I would make the semi-finals, I hope that I swim better tomorrow morning and I need to improve my finish,” she said. “Anything can happen tomorrow"

Joanne Jackson, who has been training at the University since the Olympic Trials in March, set a personal best in the 400m Freestyle to qualify fourth fastest in 4:03.80, beating the previous Olympic best.

“I was really pleased with my swim, I was very nervous before the race but I'm really happy and excited,” she said. “I’ve been swimming well, so I hoped I could PB tonight. I knew it would be tough to go through so I’m delighted to be there. This is a fast event and tomorrow will be a big challenge, but I am excited and up for it.

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