Pavoni relishing first world outing in 200m medley in Spain

31 July 2013 / 12:31

Roberto Pavoni swam his second quickest 200m medley time ever in the heats at the World Championships to cap a successful morning on day four for the British team in Barcelona.

In total, five of the six British swimmers competing at the Palau Sant Jordi made it through to the evening session with Pavoni leading the way in the 200m medley in 1:59.41minutes.

That booked Pavoni a place in the semi-finals in 14th overall with the 22-year-old looking at home in Barcelona after two outings in the 200m butterfly on Tuesday.

“It was a relatively good time, it was my second quickest ever and my fastest heat swim, it was about what I was expecting,” he said.

“I am just enjoying the experience, and this is the first time I’ve swam the 200 medley at this level.”

Ieuan Lloyd was the only British faller, his time of 2:00.65 only enough for 22nd in the 200m medley, but elsewhere Adam Brown reached the 100m freestyle semi-finals.

He stole the last qualifying spot of 16th after touching home in 49.39seconds but he admits he will need to improve on his opening outing in the evening.

“It was a pretty poor swim by my standards, fortunately though I’ve made it through so I’ll look to improve on it and swim a lot faster,” he said.

Jemma Lowe also progressed to the 200m butterfly semi-finals but after clocking 2:10.21 and placing 12th overall she’s also eyeing a better time in the evening.

“It didn’t feel too great to be honest, I’ve been training on the 200m since the trials and I wanted to try and improve from what I did but it didn’t feel too great,” said Lowe.

Elsewhere, the British battle between Lauren Quigley and Georgia Davies in the 50m backstroke was highlighted with both clocking 28.35 to reach the semi-finals in joint seventh.

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