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3 August 2009 | PR 09/98

World record for Tancock and second silver for Jackson

Liam Tancock wins World Champship gold

Liam Tancock wins World Champship gold

Loughborough swimmer Liam Tancock won gold at the World Championships in the 50m Backstroke last night (2 August), breaking the world record that he had set in the semi-finals the previous day by 0.04 seconds.

His victory followed further success for Loughborough’s Jo Jackson, when she won silver in the 800m Freestyle, adding to her silver in the 400m Free and bronze in the 200m Freestyle Relay.

Tancock, who powered home in 24.04 seconds, was the only British man to win a medal.  "It’s another world record and I'm thrilled to bits I'm world champion after two bronzes in previous world championships,” he said. “It was a class field and I came out on top this time.”

His aim now is success in the 100m Backstroke which, unlike the 50m, is an Olympic event. 

Having finished fourth in that final at the World Championships, he said: "I just missed out on the 100m, I'm always practising for that.

"I stepped up my game from the Olympics in Beijing to here and I'm sure I'll do that in the future. I've just got to go back to the drawing board."

A day earlier, Jo Jackson turned in a strong performance in the 800m Free to finish in a time of 8:16.66, picking up her second silver and her third medal of the Championships.

She admitted it had been a tough final. "All the girls just went out so hard and I found it so hard to keep up,” she said.

"I much prefer the 400m and 200m but the 800m helps me build my stamina for the 400m."

In total, Loughborough’s swimmers brought home four of Team GB’s seven medals.


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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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