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1 August 2011 | PR 11/95

Tancock wins Gold on Championships’ last day

On the final day of the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai, Loughborough’s Liam Tancock defended his 50m Backstroke title to collect gold.

Having set the fastest qualifying time for the Final, Tancock got a great start and held on to the lead as the rest of the field charged back at him in the closing stages. He touched in 24.50 – the fourth fastest time of his career and his quickest for two years.

Tancock’s victory was his fifth medal in his fourth World Championships, having won bronze for the 50m Backstroke in 2005 and 2007, 100m Backstroke bronze in 2007 as well as his first 50m Backstroke title in Rome two years ago.

“It was amazing out there,” said Tancock. “These World Championships have been fantastic.

“When I made it to the final I thought there’s eight of us, anyone could win from any lane but I thought if they want to beat me they’ve got to come and get me.

“I did everything I needed to do, get in there, do a good start and take the race to them. I did and it was gold and a World Championship medal again.

“I’m on top of the world.”

Loughborough’s Fran Halsall was also in action in the women's 50m freestyle. In another blanket finish, she touched in fourth, but said she was pleased with her performance.

"I am not too disappointed to be honest," Halsall told BBC Sport. "I didn't expect to do anything in this event so if I can get some good training in over Christmas then maybe I can convert some of these fourths and fifths into medals."

In his debut World Championships,Roberto Pavoni was also in action on the final day, competing in the 400m Individual Medley final. He touched in eighth in 4:19.85, falling short of his qualification time from the morning heats.

Pavoni’s fellow Loughborough swimmer Joe Roebuck had earlier finished 10th in the 400m Individual Medley heats.

The final event of the evening saw the Men's 4x100m medley team compete in the final, with Tancock swimming first. The team eventually finished in 6th place in a time of 3:36.58.

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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 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top 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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