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18 March 2009 - PR 09/32

New world record for Loughborough’s Joanne Jackson

Loughborough University swimmer Joanne Jackson broke the women’s 400m Freestyle world record last night as team mate David Davies set a British best in the same event at the British Gas Swimming Championships 2009.
 
Olympic bronze medallist Jackson, who like Davies is coached by British Swimming’s Kevin Renshaw, was pushed all the way to her gold medal by double Olympic Champion Rebecca Adlington who trains at the University three times a week.

  Joanne Jackson

The women were swimming stroke for stroke throughout the race and it wasn’t until the final 100m when Jackson began to put some space between her and Adlington.
 
The final 25m saw Jackson pull five metres ahead of Adlington and Jackson touched home to rapturous applause as she set a new world record with a time of 4:00.66. She also secured her place on the World Championship squad for Rome this summer.

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet,” said Jackson. “Becky normally gets me on the last 25m and this time I just thought to myself just kick and see what you can do. So I put my head down and fought for it. I was just in shock when I saw that time.
 
“My dad is here today and I am really happy he got to see that. I am pleased with the World Championship place. Dave had got his just before me and I just didn’t want to let my coach Kev down. So I was happy to have secured my place.”
 
Adlington took the silver medal, after also swimming under the old world record time, and finished in a time of 4:00.89.
 
“It was just a fantastic race to be part of,” Adlington said. “For both of us to go under the world record is an amazing achievement. We pushed each other all the way but Jo got the better of me on this one but I am really happy for her.”
 
Davies swam to an emphatic victory in the men’s 400m Freestyle with a new British record to also seal his place in Rome.
 
Leading from the first turn, Davies looked strong throughout the race and touched home in a new national best of 3:45.24.
 
“That was what we had planned to do this week,” Davies said. “I needed to work on this event to make sure I have a quicker back end for the 1,500m so this was a good test for me to see where I was at. I have only been back in the pool for a couple of months and so it was good to get that PB.
 
“I am also really happy for my coach Kev. He has had two great swims here and I think we make a good team, he has put a lot of hard work into our training group and it is great to see it paying off.”
 
Loughborough’s Lizzie Simmonds and Liam Tancock both qualified fastest for their respective 100m Backstroke finals with times of 1:02.47 and 54.36.

–ENDS–

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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 fifteen 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 and 2007 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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