Personal best for Brown at World Championships

PUBLISHED: 13:28 01 August 2013 | UPDATED: 13:28 01 August 2013

Swimmer Adam Brown

Swimmer Adam Brown


ADAM Brown set a personal best as he was pipped to a final place in the men’s 100m Freestyle at the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona on Wednesday.

The Hatfield Swimming Club star ranked ninth in the 100m Freestyle semi-finals, just a place short of reaching the final.

Having qualified for his first World semi-final over 100m Free, the Hatfield swimmer smashed 0.18 seconds off his personal best as he touched fourth in his semi in 48.48secs.

The 24-year-old was cruelly denied a first Worlds final as Italy’s Luca Dotta finished fifth in the second semi in 48.46secs to secure the eighth qualification spot.

But having set his first PB over 100m Free since 2009, Brown admitted he could have no cause for complaint.

“It was only my second semi-final at a major competition so I’m a bit gutted not to be in the final but I’m really pleased with the time,” said Brown, who qualified 16th from the morning heats in 49.39secs.

“The aim was to come and do best times and that’s what I’ve done.

“To be honest, I didn’t think I would make the final after this morning’s swim. It was pretty poor by my standards and I dropped 0.9 tonight [Wednesday].

“I’ve got tomorrow [Thursday] off and then I’ve got the 50m on Friday. It is my favourite event and I broke the British record three weeks ago so I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do.”

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