Hatfield swimmer Brown helps relay quartet smash GB record

PUBLISHED: 18:26 10 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:08 26 October 2009

Hatfield swimmer Adam Brown

Hatfield swimmer Adam Brown

TEENAGE Hatfield swimmer Adam Brown helped the British men s 4x100m freestyle relay squad qualify for the Olympic final in Beijing. The Great Britain team consisting of Simon Burnett, Brown, Ben Hockin and Ross Davenport smashed the British record by five

TEENAGE Hatfield swimmer Adam Brown helped the British men's 4x100m freestyle relay squad qualify for the Olympic final in Beijing.

The Great Britain team consisting of Simon Burnett, Brown, Ben Hockin and Ross Davenport smashed the British record by five seconds to qualify eighth in the final.

They finished fourth in the second semi-final at the National Aquatics Centre after the Americans, minus swimming sensation Michael Phelps, had earlier broken the world record in the opening heat with 3 minutes 12.23 seconds.

Brown and his GB team-mates clocked 3 minutes 13.69 seconds at the spectacular Water Cube to finish behind the quartets from France, Italy and South Africa.

The French won the heat in a new European record of 3 mins 12.36 secs.

The Italians were 0.29 seconds behind in second spot with the South Africans third in an African record of 3 mins 13.06 secs.

Wycombe swimmer Simon Burnett got the British four off to a flying start with an opening leg of 48.20 seconds.

That also set a new British individual men's 100m freestyle record on the first leg.

Brown dived into the water in third and although losing a place over his two lengths of the 50m pool, the 19-year-old Hatfield swimmer clocked the second best split of the British team with 48.43 seconds.

Swansea swimmer Ben Hockin clocked 48.55 secs to incredibly give Britain the lead at the final change.

Having already swum earlier in the day, City of Edinburgh's Ross Davenport couldn't hold on to the lead but still brought the team home in a new British record.

The GB time of 3 mins 13.69 secs was just good enough to scrape into Monday's final as the eighth fastest overall.

Incredibly, the eight finalists in Beijing now fill the top eight all-time team placings for the event, such was the quality of the 4x100m freestyle relay heats.

Brown is the youngest member of the British quartet and is coached by Nick Juba at the University of Hertfordshire's pool in Hatfield.

He became the second Hatfield club swimmer to compete in the Olympics when he dived into the water.

Mike Fibbens is the only previous Hatfield member to have competed at the Olympics.

Fibbens was a member of the 4x100m freestyle relay team that ironically also broke the British record in the heats of the 1996 Atlanta Games in America.

To put the current British quartet's Beijing time into perspective, the 1996 GB four clocked 3 mins 21.34 secs in the heats - almost eight seconds slower than Brown and Co achieved.

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