GB swim star Brown fires warning shot to rest of the world

PUBLISHED: 13:01 04 July 2013 | UPDATED: 13:02 04 July 2013

Swimmer Adam Brown

Swimmer Adam Brown

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HATFIELD Swimming Club's Adam Brown fired a warning to his competitors ahead of Barcelona's World Championships as he smashed Mark Foster's five year 50m freestyle record at the British Gas Swimming Championships in Sheffield.

Having qualified second fastest for last Wednesday’s final, Brown touched the wall in a time of 21.92secs, shaving four hundredths of a second off five-time Olympic swimmer Foster’s time.

The 24-year-old, who now lives and trains in America, was also a hundredth off the world record, but grabbed himself a new European record.

Proving he is the man to beat, Brown doubled his gold medal haul on the final day, as he won the 100m freestyle in 48.67 secs - narrowly short of his personal best.

His performances at the meet saw him named on Monday in the Great Britain squad, and having beaten his childhood hero’s record, Brown was looking ahead towards making a splash in Spain.

“It’s my first time back under 22 in a long time,” he said. “I’m really chuffed, training has been going really well and I was confident coming in.

“Since Mark retired, I haven’t seen him much, hopefully he will be around and can give me more tips.

“He’s a great guy and a great role model, to finally beat his time I’m really chuffed. I’ve been gunning for it, it’s the first time I’ve done a best time since 2009.

“It wasn’t as fast as I wanted to go in the 100. But as a confidence booster it’s really good. I knew that 48 seconds was in there and there’s more in there for Barcelona.

“Hopefully I can go there and drop some more 48s and who knows, make a semi-final or a final?”

Elsewhere Jess Jackson made her first ever 50m freestyle semi-final at the event as she continued her preparations for the World School Games in Brazil.

The Hatfield swimmer showed that she was in good form, breaking her personal best twice, first in the heats and then in the semis as she finished 16th in 26.76secs.

A first round time of 58.31secs was not enough to also take her into the semis of the 100m freestyle, but the youngster was nevertheless pleased with her displays.

“I’m one of the youngest ones in the field,” said Jackson. “It’s a personal best in the 50, so I’m really pleased with it, I swam a PB in the heats as well, so it’s all very positive.

“I’ll have the Nationals here in about three weeks, and then training up until November when I’ve got the World School Games.”

And another Hatfield swimmer who set a personal best and progressed to the semi-finals at the five-day meet was Caleb Hughes in the 200m freestyle.

Having failed to progress from the heats of the 400m freestyle the day previous, Hughes qualified sixth fastest with a time of 1min 51.72secs on Thursday – although he was unable to replicate that in the semis as he finished 14th overall.

He also swam in the 200 individual medley on Friday, touching in 2.09.78 minutes to finish 18th fastest in the heats.

This year British Gas is launching SwimBritain, a programme to create a healthier nation and get 500,000 people swimming more regularly by 2015. Visit www.swimbritain.co.uk/challenge.

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