Wallace happy despite falling just shy of Worlds podium

Wallace happy despite falling just shy of Worlds podium

06 August 2015 / 17:25

Dan Wallace admitted he could hold his head up high despite coming agonisingly close to a 200m individual medley medal at the World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

Despite achieving his best international results – including Commonwealth gold at Glasgow 2014 – in the 400m individual medley, the 22-year-old was in the medal hunt throughout the final of the shorter event in Russia.

After turning in third with 50m to go, Wallace was ultimately overhauled by Wang Shun in the battle for bronze, touching just 0.78 behind the Chinese swimmer.

But while he couldn’t hide his disappointment at finishing so close to the podium over 200m, Wallace admitted his form sets him in good stead for Sunday’s 400m event.

“My initial reaction when I saw a four next to my name was heartbreak but looking back on the race, I think I did a great job,” Wallace, who finished seventh in the 400m IM on his World Championship debut two years ago, told British Swimming.

“I was seeded tenth coming into this meet so to finish fourth is obviously a great achievement.

“It’s always hard when you finish that close to the medals but fortunately I have the relay tomorrow and the 400m IM on Sunday.

“There’s loads of good things I can take away from that swim which will help me later in the week. The longer event suits me better overall and hopefully I can bring the same form that I’ve had tonight.”

Meanwhile, the British women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay quartet also impressed as they finished fifth, missing out on the podium places by just 1.5 seconds.

Commonwealth silver medallist Lauren Quigley was the only other British finalist of the night, matching her result from the 100m backstroke to finish seventh over half the distance.

And Andrew Willis booked a spot in the 200m breaststroke final for the third consecutive World Championships.

Having qualified second fastest from the heats, the Commonwealth bronze medallist won his semi-final to progress in fifth overall.

“It felt nice and controlled so I’m really happy with that,” said Willis, who finished fourth at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona.

“I just concentrated on my own race and did what I needed to get myself in the final which should be fun tomorrow night.”

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