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1 August 2005 PR 05/77

Second Loughborough swimmer takes bronze at World Championships

Loughborough’s Liam Tancock produced the swim of his life to set a new British Record and win a bronze medal on the final day of the World Swimming Championships.

Tancock, swimming in the 50m backstroke, utilised his superior start, high stroke rate and power to clinch bronze in a fingertip finish.

Having set a new British Record of 25.22 in the semi finals, Tancock qualified in one of the centre lanes of what was sure to be a fast race. Always a tough competitor, he shaved another two tenths off this time in the final and was just seven hundredths shy of the gold medal.

A delighted Tancock said: “I’m so happy with that. A medal in my first major international meet is something pretty special and to bring my time down so much this week is encouraging for the future.”

Another Loughborough swimmer to fly the flag during the final days of competition was Kate Haywood. Having set a lifetime best and new University Record of 31.41 in the semi final of the 50m breaststroke, she went on to finish 6th in the final.

Loughborough University’s Caitlin McClatchey took Britain’s first medal – bronze in the 400m freestyle – on the opening day of the World Swimming Championships in Montreal.

Loughborough swimmers have medalled at the past three World Championships.

Over 50 Loughborough swimmers are competing at the Commonwealth Trials in Sheffield this week.

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Notes to editors

  1. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place Loughborough in the top flight of UK universities, and industry highlights Loughborough in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 45% of the University’s income is for research. The University has been awarded four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; and for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development.

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