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10 August 2009 | PR 09/104

Jackson sets new world mark in Leeds

Jo Jackson in Leeds

Jo Jackson in Leeds

Loughborough University swimmer Jo Jackson set a new world record for the 400m Freestyle at the British Gas Short Course Grand Prix in Leeds at the weekend.

The World Championship silver medallist lowered the previous standard by over a second, setting the new mark at 3:54.92, as Loughborough’s swimmers swam to an astounding three Commonwealth, one European and 15 British records during the four-day meet (6 - 9 August).

Jackson, who won three medals at this summer’s World Championships in Rome, capitalised on a good start to the race to gain a five-second lead at the halfway point before going on to smash the previous record held by Laure Manaudou of France.
“I just wanted to break the four minute mark tonight,” said a delighted Jackson. “I could hear everyone cheering me on but didn’t think I was going that fast.

“I wasn’t very well this morning and didn’t know how I was going to go but that was pretty special. I even told my mum and dad not to bother coming because after being ill I didn’t expect to do anything special.

“My aim for the meet was to break the four minute mark and I pulled out of the other events to focus on the 400m. The record has stood for a while and it was on my mind to have a go but that was quicker than I hoped for.”

World Champion Liam Tancock set new European, Commonwealth and British records on his way to securing gold in the men’s 50m Backstroke.

The Loughborough sports scholar, who holds the long course world record in this event, showed his impressive speed by turning first at the 25m mark then holding off a challenge from Benjamin Stasiulis (Lagadere) to touch first in a time of 23.10 seconds.

“I just missed that world record but I have improved on my best and that is what this week is all about for me,” said College student Tancock. “It is a great meet. To come back after Rome and the huge success we had there, there is a real buzz about the place and it is driving us all on.”

World Championship silver medallist Fran Halsall set new British bests in the 50m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle for double gold.

The 19-year-old lowered the British record twice in the women’s 50m Butterfly, eventually lowering it to 25.44 seconds, and also set a new standard of 51.79 seconds in the 100m Freestyle.

Student Joe Roebuck claimed triple gold in Leeds, adding 200m Individual Medley (1:54.90) and 200m Butterfly (1:52.00) titles to the British and Commonwealth records he set on the way to victory in the 400m Individual Medley.

The Loughborough 2012 sports scholar led from the start in the 400m event and was on track to break the British record with just 50m to go. After a rapid freestyle leg he touched in 4:01.88 to take a second off the Commonwealth record and almost four seconds off the British best.

“My coach and I have been talking about this record for a long time now. It was our aim and I am chuffed to have got it,” said Roebuck.

“After swimming well in Rome last week I was looking forward to this meet as I have no pressure and it is just about swimming. The experience of Rome has helped me enormously - having to deal with all of the pressures of one of the world’s biggest events means Championships like this are so much more relaxed for me.”

Teenager Lizzie Simmonds set new British records in the 100m and 200m Backstroke events, finishing just three hundredths off her own Commonwealth record in the 200m. Team mate Ross Davenport added a national standard in the 200m Freestyle – lowering the best he set almost four years ago to 1:43.05. He also improved on the British record in the 100m Freestyle before it was lowered further by Hatfield’s Adam Brown.

Loughborough dominated the team events – the women’s 4x200m and 4x100m Freestyle, 4x100m Medley and the men’s 4x100m and 4x200m quartets all setting new British records.

The women’s 4x200m Freestyle team knocked almost six seconds off the British record as they put in a commanding performance for gold.

Scholar Caitlin McClatchey got the girls off to an excellent start with a split time of 1:55.92 before handing over to Jackson who extended Loughborough’s lead over the Canadians.  World silver medallist Halsall swam third and passed on to backstroke specialist Simmonds for the anchor leg, bringing the team home in a Commonwealth record time of 7:39.20.

McClatchey, Jackson and Simmonds teamed up with sports scholar Amy Smith for the women's 4 x 100 Freestyle to obliterate the national club record, lowering it to 3:36.65.

Not to be outdone, the men’s quartet of Davenport, Craig Gibbons, Ben Hockin and Grant Turner were within the national record as they swam to a British club team record of 3:10.29.

Davenport and Hockin joined Robert Bale and Daniel Coombs for the 4x200m Freestyle where they demolished the existing national club record with a 7:00.11 swim.

On the final night of action Loughborough’s 4x100m Medley team secured a clean sweep of British records for the women as newcomers Kirsty Armstrong and Katie Raybould helped the quartet to a national club record of 4:03.54.


For all media enquiries contact:

Amanda Overend
Sport PR Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 228686
E: A.J.Overend@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2008 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, with 22 out of 30 of its subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. It was named winner of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other institution.

It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

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