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DAY FOUR IN THE POOL AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN SHANGHAI
Men’s 100m Freestyle semi-final
Speedo sponsored James Magnussen (AUS) qualified first with a time of 47.90 in the men’s 100m Freestyle semi-final followed by Adrian Nathan of Team Speedo USA (48.05), Speedo’s Brent Hayden (CAN) with a time of 48.30, Speedo sponsored Luca Dotto (ITA) 48.44 and James Roberts of Team Speedo Australia 48.49.
On his performance, Brent said: “I’m pretty happy with it. I had no idea what to expect. I actually wasn’t feeling very good before this race but the fact of the matter is, it’s the world championships and you’ve got to be together for the final so I threw everything I had into that final.”
On how he plans to prepare for the final tomorrow, he said: “I don’t know, I don’t want to give too much away, or my secrets, but I’m going to go back to my hotel and just do everything I can to make sure I’m ready for tomorrow.”
Men’s 200m Butterfly
Speedo took all three positions on the podium in the first final of the evening with four time world champion Michael Phelps taking gold in the Men’s 200m Butterfly with a time of 1:53.34. Speedo sponsored Takeshi Matsuda took silver 1:54.01 while Wu Peng of Team Speedo China took bronze with a time of 1:54.67.
Michael said: “The race felt good. I wanted to do what I usually do when I'm in better shape. I wanted to step on it from the get go. I saw the other swimmers at the 150 and I put my hips into it. I know there's a lot more I can do in that race.”
Wu said: “I put up a great performance tonight but I wish I could finish under one minute 54 seconds. Anyway, my time is OK. My hand was injured in 2009 and I have been in poor shape since then. Now I made the podium again, it's an impetus to my confidence. Hopefully, I can have good results at the London Olympics.”
Women’s 200m Freestyle
In the women’s 200m Freestyle Kylie Palmer of Team Speedo Australia collected silver with a time of 1:56.04 while Speedo sponsored Camille Muffat (FRA) took bronze with a time of 1:56.10
Men’s 800m Freestyle
Sun Yang of Team Speedo China took gold in the Men’s 800m Freestyle with a time of 7:38.57 while Speedo sponsored Ryan Cochrane (CAN) took silver with a time of 7:41.86.
Ryan said: “You know I really wanted to be top of the podium today but I’m excited that I bettered my place from two years ago. I have a little work to do in the last 100m but it’s there.”
On the countdown to the Olympics he said: “It’s a little stressful, a little scary to think it’s only one year away but it’s so exciting. It’s funny to think that I’m ready to get back to work. I have another race this weekend and hopefully it will show what I can do next year.”
Women’s 200m Butterfly semi-final
Jemma Lowe of Team Speedo GBR achieved a time of 2:06.30 to qualify first in the Women’s 200m Butterfly, followed by her teammate Ellen Gandy (2:06.73) and Jiao Liuyang (2:06.99) of Team Speedo China.
Jemma said: “I was really excited about tonight. I knew it was going to be really fast so I gave it my best shot and I’m just happy that I’ve made it into the final tomorrow night.”
On her preparations for 2012 and how they are going, Jemma said: “I’ve done best times this year so I’m really happy that it’s looking good for next year. I’ve just got to carry on training the way I’m going.
Men’s 200m Individual Medley semi-final
Ryan Lochte (USA) qualified first for the men’s 200m Individual Medley with a time of 1:56.74 closely followed by teammate Michael Phelps with a time of 1:57.26.
Ryan said: “I was a different swimmer tonight than I was this morning, I’m pretty pleased with that. Hopefully there’s a lot left in the tank for tomorrow because it’s definitely going to take a fast time, so we’ll see.”
On his preparations for 2012 he said: “I’m just focusing on the world championships then I’ll worry about 2012 after.”
Speedo sponsored Kenneth To also qualified for tomorrow’s final.
Men’s 50m Breaststroke
Speedo sponsored Fabio Scozzoli took silver in the Men’s 50m Breaststroke with a time of 27.17.
On his medal scoop Fabio said: “When I do good everything goes well.”