Tough Penultimate Night for Brits at World Champs

30th August 2013

With limited opportunities to medal in the scheduled events this evening, British swimmers had a tough night in the pool on the penultimate day of the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships.

The Brits had three swimmers in two finals events on what was always set to be their quietest race day on their competition schedule.

World Junior relay champions Max Litchfield (Doncaster Dartes) and Matthew Johnson (City of Sheffield) and) were in action in the 400m Individual Medley.

Litchfield improved on his time from this morning’s heats to finish in seventh place, touching in 4.22.43.

“I felt alright at the start, my Fly was okay,” said Litchfield. “I’m not very happy with the time, it was quicker than this morning but it’s the last swim of the week – I’ll bounce back next season.”

Johnson touched in 4.24.52 to finish in eighth.

“As a whole is wasn’t very good,” said Johnson. “It’s been a long season.

“Yesterday was a two second PB so I know I have some form it’s just a long season, it’s been draining.

“The week hasn’t been as good as I’d have like but I’ve still got the 200m Fly tomorrow to focus on.”

The race was eventually won by USA’s Joseph Bentz in 4.14.97, with Semen Makovich (Russia) in silver (4.15.89) and Keita Sunama (Japan), the bronze in 4.17.67.

City of Manchester’s Jessica Fullalove clocked 29.15 to claim sixth place in the 50m Backstroke final.

“I’m disappointed with my swim,” said Fullalove. “It just wasn’t good enough tonight.

“But I’m all fired up for the relay tomorrow.”

The race was won by Gabrielle Fa’Amausili of New Zealand in 28.64, with Daria Ustinova of Russia in silver in 28.71 and Clara Smiddy took the bronze in 28.86.

Grace Vertigans finished 11th overall in the 50m Freestyle with a semi final time of 25.84.

Emma Day finished in 14th place overall in the 100m Butterfly after posting 1.01.51 in her semi final, an improvement on the time she set in this morning’s heat.

Mark Szaranek was 30th and Karl Morgan 32nd in the 100m Freestyle after posting 51.64 and 51.76 respectively.

Graeme Antwhistle, Head Coach said: “After the strong performances this week, and the desire of the swimmers to keep performing there will be some disappointed swimmers tonight.

“Their response from these swims clearly demonstrates their hunger to finish the meet well tomorrow.

“We still have some good opportunities to finish the meet on a high and the team will be giving their all to ensure this happens.”

Mark Perry, Team Leader said: “Tonight was a tough night which saw the team unite in their support for each other.

“We are all set up for a final day brimming with potential.”