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FINA 2009 World Championships Swimming - Day 3 Morning Session

David Davies took five seconds off the 800m Freestyle British record as the British Gas swimming team secured one final and three semi-final places after strong performances through the heat session. Davies took to heat four alongside Italian Federico Colbertaldo and Robert Hurley (Australia) and was looking to post a quick time to reach the final next day.

The Olympic silver medallist dominated the first half of his race but as the race entered the final 400m Colbertaldo began to close in on the British Gas swimmer. Davies showed his strength in the final 100m as he touched in a time of 7:45.89 to knock five seconds off his own British record time and qualified in fourth place for the final.

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British Gas ASA Open Water National Age Group and Youth Championships 2009

27 July 2009 - Rother Valley Country Park

Spectators crowded the start line as the 15/16 years and 17-24 years competitors dived into the water to contest the 1750m and 2000m respectively in the first race of the day.

Shiverers’ Charlotte Woolliscroft put in an impressive performance to take the girls title in the 17-24 division. Having just returned from the World Championships in Rome Woolliscroft put her experience to good use as she led from the front and got in the mix with the boys race. Closing the gap considerably between herself and the leading three boys Woolliscroft managed a 24:17.41 finish, only five seconds behind the boys 17-24 years bronze medallist.

FINA 2009 World Championships

Open Water events from 21 to 25 July 2009

ASA South West Region Open Water Championships 2009

4/5 July 2009 - Weymouth

An exciting weekend of Open Water swimming this year saw swimmers enter from around the country in addition to those competing for West, Dorset or Somerset honours. The event was honoured by a visit from the Mayor of Weymouth and Portland, Cllr. Anne Kenwood and her Escort. ASA South West Region acknowledges with grateful thanks the enthusiastic help and support given by the Borough Council, the Sea Cadet Training Centre, the Poole Harbour Canoe Lifeguards, St. John Ambulance, the Weymouth South Scout Group and many local people to ensure the Championships retains its position as a major event in Great Britain.

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LEN European Junior Championships 2009 - Open Water Swimming

Britain's next generation of open water swimmers took gold and silver to give British Swimming it's best ever result. British Gas swimmers Ellie Faulkner and Gareth Keating won gold and silver respectively in the junior women's and men's 5km events in Porec, Croatia.

Faulkner swam a great tactical race, timing her final push for victory to perfection and leaving a field of 30 of Europe's best in her wake to take the gold in 59:56 minutes.

Allen takes bronze in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin

Roquebrune-Cap-Martin hosted the French championships for 5 km, Saturday 20, and 25 km, Sunday 21 June 2009. The two races served as French selection tests for the world championships for both distances, and for future European Junior Championships at 5 km. The competition was boosted by international representation from GB, Switzerland, Italy, Luxembourg and Spain and for this leg, a doubling of French Cup points.

The British Gas Development Open Water team signed off from this leg of the French Cup with another medal to add to their tally. Tom Allen took the bronze in the men’s race to add to the gold medal he won during the first leg in Creil.

French Cup 2009

The British Gas Development Open Water team secured all medals available from the first leg of the French Cup which took place in Creil.

The 23-strong squad are part of a joint initiative between Scotland, England, Wales and British Swimming to develop the sport further after the success in Beijing.

In the men’s 5km Tom Allen took the gold with Alfie Howes taking silver and fellow Brit Alex Mackay winning the bronze.

European Open Water Swimming Cup 2009 - Eilat

Olympic silver medallist Keri-Anne Payne led the British Gas Open Water squad to victories in both the women’s and men’s 10km race at the LEN Open Water Cup in Israel.

Payne adopted similar techniques that saw her take her Olympic medal in Beijing and led the race from the front. She led four British girls through the race and finished as the victor after the 10km. The British Gas team claimed the top four spaces, with Katy Whitfield taking silver, Charlotte Wooliscroft wining bronze and Sophie Casson finishing in fourth place.

The men’s race saw British Gas team member Richard Charlesworth swim to victory as he claimed the number one spot 0.2s ahead of Brian Ryckeman (Belgium), who finished in seventh place at the Beijing Olympic in the same event, and Michael Dmitriev (Israel). Daniel Fogg took a good fourth place and Craig Hamilton finished fifth. The top four men finished within 1.05s of one another.

ASA South West Region 5Km and 3Km Pool Challenge 2009

Saturday 28 March 2009 - University Of Bath

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36th Maratón Santa Fe Coronda 2009

Petar Stoychev won the 36th annual 57K (35.4 mile) Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe - Coronda in 8h 53m 11s over Argentinian Damián Blaum (8:53:13), Rostislav Vitek of the Czech Republic (8:53:18), Rodolfo Valenti of Italy (8:53:20) and Andrea Volpini of Italy (8:55:18).

20-year-old Linsy Heister of the Netherlands, who continues to improve after her 4th-place finish in the 25K at the 2008 World Open Water Swimming Championships, upset two-time winner Britta Kamrau, finishing in 8:55:27

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Halfway Telkom Midmar Mile 2009

12 Olympians took part in the two main races at Midmar Dam and contributed to the most exciting finishes in its 36-year history,

In the women’s 14-30 years event, only 60 seconds separated the first eight finishers. Britain's silver medallist in Beijing 2008, Keri-Anne Payne broke away from Hungary's Evelyn Verralzto shortly before the 1200m mark to win in 18:48.

After the Hungarian faded slightly (third in 19:02), Nadine Pastor from Germany surged over the final 200m to finish second in 18:51, just three seconds behind Payne despite having raced 10km on Thursday, 5km on Friday and the mile on Saturday, before tackling the main race.

Leading the South African challenge Melissa Corfe (19:04) finished fourth place just ahead of Olympic bronze medallist Cassie Patten. Kathryn Meaklim had threatened early in the race without success as she took sixth place ahead of young Rene Warnes.

Great Britain’s Alice McCall was next with Durbanite Bianca Meyer and another British Olympian, Charlotte Wooliscroft, completing the most impressive top 10 ever in the women’s event.