Ross Davenport positive despite world 200m freestyle exit

Ross Davenport
Davenport could still claim a medal in the 4x200m freestyle relay event

Ross Davenport says he is happy with the way he has performed at the World Championships in Shanghai despite not making the 200m freestyle final.

The 27-year-old Belper star was 10th fastest in the semi-finals in a time of one minute 47.59 seconds and missed out on a final spot by 0.37 seconds.

The Loughborough-based City of Derby star said: "I'm reasonably pleased.

"It is a really tough event and it has moved on dramatically over the last three years."

Davenport, who was eighth fastest after the heats, added: "We're not in the position where we can relax and back off in the heats and rest for the semi-finals.

"We have to go 100%, all guns blazing, and use all the tools and all the experience just to make the semi-finals.

"It is really difficult then to return and go on again and reach the final. I would have loved to have gone faster in the semi-final and, as it turned out, it wasn't as quick as I thought it would be to make the final."