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7 June 2010 | PR 10/90

Record breakers honoured at Loughborough

Tancock and Jackson

Loughborough-based swimmers Liam Tancock and Joanne Jackson with their official certificates from British Swimming

Loughborough University swimmers Liam Tancock and Joanne Jackson have received official recognition from British Swimming of their 2009 world record-breaking swims

Tancock, a Loughborough College student on the University’s 2012 Sports Scholarship scheme, broke the 50m backstroke world record twice at the World Championships in Rome last year, bringing the marker down to 24.04 seconds, while Jackson, who continues to compete at the highest level in spite of her asthma problems, claimed the 400m freestyle short course record in 3:54:92 at the British Grand Prix in Leeds.

Presentations of the official certificates commemorating their times were made by head coach of British Swimming Dennis Pursley at the University pool.

“What they’ve accomplished is what everybody in our sport aspires to achieve,” said Pursley. “As far as effort, energy, perseverance and mental toughness go, they have chosen the most demanding, challenging sport there is and it’s something to be exceptionally proud of.

“Then when you rise to the top and become the best in the world at what you do, that’s something a tiny percentage of people in the world achieve.”

The pair will both be representing England at the Commonwealth Games in October, where University Director of Swimming Ian Armiger hopes to see another boat load of medals brought home by Loughborough-based swimmers.

“We’ve got the European Championships coming up and have 12 swimmers going to compete there and there are still places up for grabs for the Commonwealth Games team. We’ve got 11 swimmers on the England team already and should have 15 or 16 in total, plus some representatives in the Welsh and Scottish teams.

“Last time we came back with just over 20 medals. We’ll certainly hope to be in double figures again and for this Loughborough group to come back with what amounts to a nation’s worth of medals is amazing.

“Year on year we’ve improved our programme and raised expectations. New people coming in are surrounded by British champions, world medallists, world champions and world record holders, so it lifts everybody’s game from the development swimmers all the way through.”

Tancock also paid tribute to the facilities at the University that have given him the platform to become one of the best in the world.

“I moved here for the facilities, the support network, and the coach. That was seven years ago and I’ve not looked back. This is a fantastic place to be and it’s why I’m performing as well as I am.”

Loughborough alumni Dan Greaves has also been making his mark on the world stage.

Two-days after setting a stunning world-record at the McCain Loughborough International the 27-year-old regained his F42/44 discus title at the BT Paralympic World Cup in Manchester.

Greaves, the 2008 Beijing Paralympic bronze medallist claimed a global record on his home track at the McCain Loughborough International despite the stifling heat with a huge throw of 57.14 metres.

And just two-days after re-writing the record books, in the cooler cloudier weather conditions of Manchester's SportCity Arena, Greaves, in front of a record crowd of over 5,000 led the competition from the first round to take the win with a final throw of 56.22m (45.36, 52.84, 48.60, 49.38, 56.22), securing the gold medal ahead of South Africa’s Fanie Lomard (41.79), with Lezheng Wang of China (41.47) completing the podium places.

Greaves, coached by Jim Edwards, retained his F44 discus World Championship title in 2006 despite returning to throwing just two-weeks earlier following knee surgery. He currently holds the Paralympic, World and European Championship titles.


For all media enquiries contact:

Danny Coyle
Sport PR Officer
Loughborough University
T: 01509 223491
E: D.Coyle@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines

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 2009 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

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.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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