The story of the heats and semi-final in the 50 freestyle was 18 year old Ben Proud, but that is where the story ended and that was because Adam Brown took the event in a new British record time of 21.92. The previous record of 21.96 was set by Mark Foster in 2008. Proud finished second in a time of 22.01 followed by Andrew Weatheritt who finished third in a time of 22.62.
Both Brown and Proud were under the British qualifying time of 22.09.
Robbie Renwick took control of the men’s 400 freestyle at the 100 meter mark and never gave up the lead. Renwick turned at the 200 meter mark in a time of 1:51.01, followed by Nicholas Grainger (1:52.07) and Daniel Fogg (1:52.98). Renwick pulled away from the field in the third 100 separating himself by the the rest of the field by two body lengths, but that did not last for long with Daniel Fogg coming home quickly reeling the winner in, but did not have enough to overtake Renwick.
The first three swimmers were under the British qualifying time of 3:48.61. Renwick took the event in a time in a 3:47.02. Fogg finished second in a time of 3:47.57 followed by James Guy finished third in a time of 3:48.21.
Renwick’s time is the eighth fastest time in the world this year.
After having the disappointment of being forced to bypass the Olympic games due to injury Daniel Sliwinski, who has only been back in the water training for a very short time, won the men’s 50 breaststroke in a time of 27.40, which was a new British record. The record of 27.44 had been held by Darren Mew, which he set in 2009.
Sliwinski’s time is also the seventh fastest time in the world this year.
Adam Peaty finished second posting a time of 27.58 followed by Ross Murdoch who finished third recording a time of 27.61.
All three men were under the British qualifying standard of 27.82.
It was no surprise to see Fran Halsall win the 50 freestyle by a healthy margin finishing in a time of 24.54. That time is under the British qualifying time, but was just off her season’s best of 24.44. She was followed by Amy Smith who recorded a time of 24.98 and Emma Wilkins who finished third posting a time of 25.31.
Halsall and Smith who are teammates at Loughborogh University were both under the British qualifying time of 25.07.
Chris Walker-Hebborn took the second semi-final of the 100 backstroke in a personal best time of 53.41. His time is under the British qualifying time and is the fourth fastest time done in the world this year. Marco Loughran qualified second in a time of 54.62 followed by the winner of the first semi-final Craig McNally who posted a time of 54.98.
Jemma Lowe qualified first in the women’s 200 butterfly in a British world championships qualifying time of 2:08.79. Elena Sheridan, who finished behind Lowe in the second semi-final, qualified second in a time of 2:10.39 followed by Sophie Allen who won the first semi-final in a time of 2:10.46.
Lowe’s time is just outside the top ten in the world.
Both Roberto Pavoni and Joe Roebuck won their semi-final heats by over two seconds. Pavoni qualified first in a time of 1:57.16 with Roebuck qualifying second in a time of 1:57.64. Daniel Wallace qualified third posting a time of 1:59.49.
Both swimmers were over the British qualifying time of 1:56.48.
Sophie Allen was the top qualifier in the women’s 100 breaststroke posting a time of 1:08.57. She finished just ahead of Georgina Evan in the second semi-final. Evan qualified second in a time of 1:08.61 with Stacey Tadd qualifying third in a time of 1:08.69.
Dan Sliwinski qualified in the top sport in the final of the 50 breaststroke in a time of 27.76. He was followed by Ross Murdoch who recorded a tim eof 27.80 and Adam Peaty who posted a 27.81.
18 year old Ben Proud was the top qualifier in the men’s freestyle winning the second semi-final by seven tenths of a second in a time of 22.01. Adam Brown too the first semi-final in a time of 22.17 followed by Grant Turner who qualifies third in a time of 22.73.
Both Proud and Brown were under the FINA A standard time of 22.33. Proud was the only qualifier under the British standard of 22.09.
Fran Halsall qualified first for the women’s 50 freestyle final winning the second semi-final with ease in a time of 24.84, under the British qualifying time of 25.07.
Paralympic gold medalist Josef Craig (S7) took the MC 100 freestyle in a season’s best time of 1:02.30, which equates to 909 pts. Jonathan Fox who broke a world record in the 100 backstroke this morning in the S7 category finished second in a time of 1:04.07, which equates to 835 points.
Hannah Russell (S12) won the women’s MC 100 freestyle in a time of 1:01.03, which equates to 877 points. She was followed by Amy Marren (S9) who touched in a time of 1:04.23, which equates to 860 points. While Susannah Rodgers (S7) finished third posting a time of 1:13.71, which equates to 786 points.
Stephanie Millward (S9) took the women’s 100 backstroke in a time of 1:10.29, which equates to 958 points. She was followed by Hannah Russell (S12) who finished second posting a time of 1:09.65, which equates to 930 points while Jessica-Jane Applegate (S14) finished third in a time of 1:09.74, which equates to 893 points.
In this morning heats Jonathan Fox (S7) broke the world record in the 100 backstroke by posting a time of 1:09.52, but he could not match in tonight’s final winning the event in a time of 1:09.82, which equates to 1002 points. Jack Thomas (S14) finished second in a time of 1:04.33, which equates to 889 points followed by Aaron Moores (S14) who recorded a time of 1:04.75, which equates to 872 points.
Full results can be found here