Renshaw leads way into 200m breaststroke final

12 April 2014 / 11:21
Molly Renshaw is in line to grab an elusive 200m breaststroke gold at the 2014 British Swimming Championships after making waves in the pool on day three in Glasgow.
The 17-year-old has won 200m breaststroke silver at the British Swimming Championships for the past three years but set the third fastest time of her career to storm into the final in 2:27.27 minutes.
Renshaw qualified for the showpiece more than a second clear of second-fastest qualifier Hannah Miley (2:28.80) while Danielle Lowe, who won 400m individual medley silver on the opening night at Tollcross, was third fastest qualifier in 2:29.06.
Michael Gunning led qualifiers in to the men’s 200m butterfly final after winning his heat with a personal best 1:59.13.
He will have 400m individual medley champion Roberto Pavoni for company after he progressed second fastest in 1:59.22, while defending champion Joe Roebuck was fourth fastest into the final in 1:59.71.
Fran Halsall clocked a season’s best 25.97 seconds on her 24th birthday to lead qualifiers into the 50m butterfly semi-finals.
Halsall’s Loughborough teammates Amy Smith and Rachael Kelly progressed second and third fastest after clocking personal best efforts of 26.41 and 26.69 respectively.
Having defended his 100m backstroke title, Chris Walker-Hebborn set the second fastest time of his career to lead the 50m backstroke qualifiers in 25.52.
Defending champion Marco Loughran (25.79) and world record holder Liam Tancock (25.84) were second and third fastest into the semi-finals respectively while Andy McGovern set a Scottish record 25.89 to progress in fourth.
Ben Proud led qualifiers in to the 100m freestyle semi-finals, missing his personal best by 0.06 seconds as he won his heat in 49.54.
Defending champion Adam Brown touched home in 49.79 to join Proud in the semis while Adam Barrett and James Disney-May both clocked 49.92 to progress joint third fastest.
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