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The Tank marches on in Manchester

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Liam Tancock in flying form

It was not quite after the Lord Mayor’s Show - nothing could eclipse ‘fantastic Friday’ in the pool for Britain - but the haul of one silver and two bronze medals for the British team was their poorest return this week.

Listen to yourself, Ballard, you're getting greedy. There were, after all, only five finals anyway, so that’s a 60 per cent success rate in finals.

Pride of place goes to Liam ‘The Tank’ Tancock. Touched out by four one hundredths of a second by Peter Marshall in the final of the 50 metres backstroke, he was back in the pool soon afterwards with a new European record in the 100m individual medley.

The steam had only just stopped rising on that rapid swim when Ryan Lochte of the USA went one second quicker to claim a new world record.

Tancock already has a gold and two individual silvers to his name, so a medal of some colour will surely follow in the final of the 100m individual medley and the medley relay.

Hannah Miley’s optimum event is the 400m individual medley in which she won silver the other night. The final of the 200m event still provided her with a medal opportunity - and she duly obliged. Not just that, she broke her own Commonwealth record by a second, clocking 2:07.47.

Nothing, though, could stop Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe from adding another gold – now there IS a person who is greedy....perhaps for the final day of racing they should rename it ‘The Kirsty Coventry Pool’. I don’t think Duncan Goodhew, after whom it is named now, would object.

Can they top Friday night and make it a ‘Sensational Sunday’?

The British women’s 4x100m freestyle relay team had a scrap on their hands with the Dutch.

Fran Halsall, on her 18th birthday, had already qualified fastest for the 50m freestyle final, and she went on to blaze the trail over the opening 100m of the relay, setting a new British record of 52.36.

Ultimately, though, third is the best Halsall, Caitlin McClatchey, Julia Beckett and Mel Marshall could manage as Australia held them at bay for the silver. Gold was never in dispute from halfway as Marleen Veldhuis anchored the Dutch home in a world record time, taking almost a second and a half of the old mark.

No fairytale for Mark Foster today. Despite a decent start and a great turn in the final of the 50m butterfly, his lack of training on the stroke was his undoing as international medal number 48 disappeared in the splash and dash. He was only one tenth of a second away from bronze, but Foster got what he came for in the final of the 50m freestyle on Friday.

The last day is littered with medal prospects for Team GB. There are 11 finals, with potentially only two events - the men’s 50m breaststroke and 100m freestyle - where there won’t be home interest.

Can the Brits top Friday night and make it a ‘Sensational Sunday’?

I’m looking forward to finding out as the M.E.N. Arena plays host to its biggest crowd of the week.

Will they leave wanting more? I’m sure we will.

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posted Apr 12, 2008

Great results at the worlds very,,very pleased and proud.Well done to the swimmers and coaches
Now lets learn the technical skills of the Americans....and we will really be great

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posted Apr 13, 2008

I think this week has shown that British Swimming is moving forward and it is good see some young swimmers coming through.

But the Olympics will be certainly a more difficult challenge. I will be surprised if we get more than 4-5 medals in Bejing but hopefully it will provide a good springboard for London 1012.

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