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Beijing Olympics 2008

News from Beijing

11 August 2008

Tancock through to backstroke final

Liam TancockStudent Liam Tancock will be in action in tomorrow’s 100m Backstroke final after qualifying sixth fastest in this morning’s semis.

Tancock, the world record holder over 50m, turned fastest on the first leg but slowed on the second length to touch in third in 53.61 seconds in a speedy race that saw winner Arkady Vyatchanin of Russia set a new Olympic standard. Tancock qualifies sixth fastest into tomorrow night’s final.

Ross Davenport led the group out in the heats of the 200m Freestyle, but couldn’t hold onto his lead and finished third in 1:47.35, leaving him out of the top eight after a fast second heat. He was in action again in the 4x100m Freestyle, where Britain finished 8th in 3:12.87, breaking the national record they set in yesterday's heats.

In the women’s 100m Backstroke Lizzie Simmonds broke the University record she set last night, lowering it to 60.39. But in an event where Zimbabwe’s Kirsty Coventry dropped below the 59-second mark to lower her own world record, a best performance wasn’t enough to see Simmonds through to the final.

Kate Haywood is also out at the semi-finals, finishing her heat in 7th position in 1:08.36.

Loughborough University - Beijing 2008

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There are 55 Loughborough athletes in action at the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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