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Beijing Olympics 2008

News from Beijing

9 August 2008

Brace of British records for Loughborough swimmers

Caitlin McClatcheyFour Loughborough swimmers have achieved new British record on the opening night of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Loughborough trio Mel Marshall, Caitlin McClatchey and Julia Beckett joined teenager Fran Halsall set a new standard in the women’s 4x100m Freestyle, while University-based swimmer Dave Carry achieved the British best on the 400m Freestyle.

The relay quartet set a new British benchmark of 3:39.18 as they finished fourth in their heat to book a place in tomorrow’s final.

“That was a great British record,” said McClatchey. “We all swam well, felt good and as a team did very well to make the final.”

Dave Carry

Carry clocked a time of 3:47.17 to take almost two-tenths of a second off his old British 400m Freestyle record, which was enough for fifth place in his heat, but didn’t earn him a place in the final.

“A British record in the Olympic pool is the kind of thing you dream of, he said. “I desperately wanted to make that final, but it would have meant a two-second drop on my best.

“I trained for that goal and literally gave it everything tonight. It’s amazing to compete in this pool in front of so many people and I can't wait to do it again in the relay later this week.”

Loughborough’s Euan Dale and Dean Milwain both missed out on places in tomorrow’s finals. Dale finished sixth in his 400m individual medley heat in 4:18.60, an believes he has benefited from the race.

“That wasn't good, it wasn't bad, it was just ok,” he said. “I've not had the best preparation through illness but it was great to be there with the big guys racing. I learn from every race and I'll take a lot from tonight.”

Club mate Milwain finished seventh in his heat of the 400m freestyle in 3:48.77 at his Olympic debut.

“I would have liked a best time but I was just short,” he said. “That was my aim and I've trained hard towards that target. This has been the most amazing experience and will help towards my future. London in 2012 is now my focus.”

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