Pavoni sets new English 400m IM record at British Champs

11 April 2014 / 22:27

London Olympian Roberto Pavoni set new English record en route to claiming 400m individual medley gold on day two of the 2014 British Swimming Championships in Glasgow.

Pavoni took an early lead in the 400m individual medley final and didn’t look back, going on to win in a time of 4:12.24 minutes.

The time was a new English record and Pavoni admitted the success – his fifth consecutive British crown – has him dreaming of a golden summer.

“I haven’t posted a personal best since the Olympic trials so I’m really pleased with the race tonight,” said Pavoni, who saw Lewis Smith finish second and Max Litchfield claim bronze with a personal best of 4:16.61.

"This is the second time I’ve raced at Tollcross and have had good races both times so if I make the team, I’m really looking to coming back here in the summer.”

James Guy picked up his second gold of the Championships as he finished the 200m freestyle in 1:47.54.

Calum Jarvis and Nicholas Grainger both swam personal bests in finishing second and third respectively and Guy admitted he was disappointed not to have followed suit.

“It was a good swim and I’m pleased to have got the British title but I would have liked to have made the England qualification time”, said Guy.

“After such a great swim yesterday it’s a shame that I wasn’t faster, but I’ve still got some more races to go this week.”

Ben Proud retained his 50m butterfly titleb winning gold in 23.42 second as Anthony James took silver (23.90) and Sam Horrocks claimed bronze (24.27).

Sophie Taylor became just the third British female swimmer to break 31 seconds over 50m breaststroke as she claimed her first British title in 30.98.

Chris Walker-Hebborn took the 100m backstroke title for the second year running in 53.82, ahead of Commonwealth champion Liam Tancock while Charlie Boldison was third in 55.10.

In the closest race of the day Rachael Kelly swam a personal best to take the 100m butterfly in 58.40. Siobhan-Marie O’Connor finished 0.02 seconds behind in 58.42 with Fran Halsall third with 58.70.

Adam Peaty set the benchmark for the 100m breaststroke final with a personal best time of 59.83. The City of Derby swimmer was the only one to swim under the one minute mark but will have to contend with current champion Ross Murdoch, who qualified second in 1:00.16, and Michael Jamieson who was third in third in 1:00.85.

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