FINA World Championships 2011

Swimming events 24 to 31 July 2011 Scroll down the page for news.

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British Swimming partners BBC will be covering the World Championships from China in depth on BBC Red Button and BBC2.

You will be able to watch live coverage of each finals session of the swimming on BBC Red Button.

As Shanghai is seven hours ahead of BST, there will also be daily highlight shows at lunchtime on BBC2.

Date Channel Time (BST) Event
Sunday 24 July BBC Red Button 11:00 - 13:00 Day One Swimming finals (live)
Sunday 24 July BBC2 17:30 - 19:00 Open Water, Swimming (highlights)
Monday 25 July BBC Red Button 11:00 - 13:00 Day Two Swimming finals (live)
Monday 25 July BBC2 13:00 - 15:00 Day Two Swimming (highlights)
Tuesday 26 July BBC Red Button 11:00 - 13:00 Day Three Swimming finals (live)
Tuesday 26 July BBC2 13:00 - 15:00 Day Three Swimming (highlights)
Wednesday 27 July BBC Red Button 11:00 - 13:00 Day Four Swimming finals (live)
Wednesday 27 July BBC2 13:00 - 15:00 Day Four Swimming (highlights)
Thursday 28 July BBC Red Button 11:00 - 13:00 Day Five Swimming finals (live)
Thursday 28 July BBC2 13:00 - 14:15 Day Five Swimming (highlights)
Friday 29 July BBC Red Button 11:00 - 13:00 Day Six Swimming finals (live)
Friday 29 July BBC2 13:00 - 14:15 Day Six Swimming (highlights)
Saturday 30 July BBC Red Button 11:00 - 13:00 Day Seven Swimming finals (live)
Saturday 30 July BBC2 14:20 - 15:20 Day Seven Swimming (highlights)
Sunday 31 July BBC Red Button 11:00 - 13:00 Day Eight Swimming finals (live)
Sunday 31 July BBC2 17:00 - 18:00 Day Eight Swimming (highlights)

FINA World Championships 2011 - Swimming Day 8 Evening

Liam Tancock defended his 50m Backstroke title to collect a third gold for the British Gas GBR Swimming Team on the final day of the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai.

Having qualified fastest for the final, the world record holder dominated from the gun before touching in 24.50 – the fourth fastest time of his career and his quickest for two years.

France’s 100m Backstroke champion Camille Lacourt (24.57) and South Africa’s 2007 champion Gerhard Zandberg (24.66) won silver and bronze respectively but neither looked like catching the Brit after the half-way point.

Tancock’s victory was his fifth medal in his fourth World Championships, having won bronze for the 50m Backstroke in 2005 and 2007, 100m Backstroke bronze in 2007 as well as his first 50m Backstroke title in Rome two years ago.

FINA World Championships 2011 - Swimming Day 8 Morning

The Men's 4x100m Medley Relay of Liam Tancock, Michael Jamieson, Antony James and Adam Brown are through to the final after qualifying eighth fastest in 3:36.19.

British Gas GRB swimmer Hannah Miley was sixth fastest into the final of the women’s 400m Individual Medley in Shanghai.

The Scot finished her heat in third in 4:37.39 on the final day in China while teammate Steph Proud missed out, finishing 24th from the heats in a time of 4:48.31.

In the Men's event Roberto Pavoni made his first World Championship final when he qualified in eighth in a time of 4:16.68. With the top eight from the heats going directly to the final, Joe Roebuck narrowly missed out on progressing as he finished 10th in 4:16.95.

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FINA World Championships 2011 - Swimming Day 7 Evening

Double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington has won an historic 800m Freestyle gold on the penultimate day of the World Championships in Shanghai.and Liam Tancock clocked the fastest time in qualifying for the 50m Backstroke final

22-year old Adlington was neck and neck with Denmark’s defending champion Lotte Friis for almost the entire race before kicking clear in the final 25m to snatch a breathtaking victory in 8:17.15 – the ninth fastest time in history. Friis eventually came home in 8:18.20 with USA’s Kate Ziegler – world champion in 2005 and 2007 – picking up bronze in 8:23.36.

But there was no keeping Adlington from rising to the top of the World Championship podium for the first time and become Great Britain’s first ever freestyle world champion in the pool. And having missed out on the medals in her signature event at the 2007 and 2009 World Championships, the world record holder admitted victory had been a long time coming.

FINA World Championships 2011 - Swimming Day 7 Morning

The sprinters all made smooth progress to their respective semi finals in a succesful morning session for the British Gas GBR Swimming team in Shanghai.

Defending champion and world record holder Liam Tancock cruised into the 50m Backstroke semi finals with little fuss, clocking 25.26 to progress in 10th.

Having finished fourth in the 100m Freestyle final the previous evening, Fran Halsall returned to the pool for the 50m Free heats and eased through seventh fastest overall. The British record holder - who won Commonwealth silver and European bronze in this event last season - finished third in her heat to progress in a relaxed 25.05.

Kate Haywood had to wait until day seven to compete in Shanghai but showed no rustiness as she qualified eighth fastest for the 50m Breaststroke semi finals. The Commonwealth bronze medallist was only 0.18 off her personal best as she touched in 31.30 to finish second in her heat behind Russia's defending champion Yuliya Efimova.

FINA World Championships 2011 - Swimming Day 6 Evening

British Gas ITC Bath teammates Michael Jamieson and Andrew Willis impressed in their debut World Championship final in Shanghai, finishing fifth and eighth respectively in the 200m Breaststroke.

Commonwealth silver medallist Jamieson took the race by the scruff of the neck, turning third at the half way point before slipping out of the medal positions at the business end of the race to touch in 2:10.67.

Hungary’s defending champion Daniel Gyurta (2:08.41) ultimately took gold ahead of Japan’s Olympic champion Kosuke Kitajima (2:08.63) and Germany’s 2010 European junior champion Christian Vom Lehm (2:09.06).

And despite finishing fifth in his first World Championships, Jamieson insisted he had more to come. “I know I’m quicker but top eight a year out from the Olympic Games puts me in the frame,” said Jamieson. “I went in there thinking I had nothing to lose and tried to take it out as hard as I could – I just didn’t have a great back end to my race tonight.”

Willis only made his major championship debut at last year's Commonwealth Games in Delhi but signalled his rapid progress by touching in 2:11.29 to finish eighth.

"I would like to have gone quicker," said Willis. "But it was my first World Championship final so it's a great experience and I'm delighted to be in there."

FINA World Championships 2011 - Swimming Day 6 Morning

In the Women's 800m Freestyle, Rebecca Adlington qualified fastest for tomorrow's final in 8:22.27. Olympic champion Adlington has already won 400m Freestyle bronze in Shanghai and beat Denmark's defending champion Lotte Friis in her heat in China.

Jazz Carlin missed out on joining her teammate in the final in Shanghai, finishing 16th overall in 8:34.33.

In the Men's 100m Butterfly, both Antony James and Michael Rock were unable to progress from heats to semi-finals. James came closest, missing out by just 0.11 after his effort 52.68 left him 19th while Rock's time of 53.20 placed him 25th.

FINA World Championships 2011 - Swimming Day 5 Evening

Ellen Gandy won the British Gas GBR Swimming Team’s third medal of the 2011 World Championships, taking silver in the 200m Butterfly in Shanghai.

British Gas ITC Bath swimmers Andrew Willis and Michael Jamieson both reached the 200m Breaststroke final in their debut World Championships. Willis was the faster of the two in the semi finals, setting a personal best 2:10.49 to finish fourth in his heat and qualify fifth overall. But Commonwealth silver medallist Jamieson wasn’t far behind, clocking 2:10.54 to finish second in his semi and progress sixth fastest to tomorrow’s final.

"I've got a mixed reaction to that swim," said Jamieson. "It took me a while to get going but I made the final which is the main thing. I feel like there's a lot more there - I'm in the final now and hopefully I can drop some more time tomorrow."

Willis added: "I like rising to these big occasions. You have the adrenaline and the best swimmers around you and it all helps. I'm just going to go for it and give it my best. I still can't believe I'm in the final so it should be a great experience."

Stacey Tadd broke her own English record in her first World Championship semi final. The 22-year old finished eighth in her 200m Breaststroke semi and 14th overall, slicing more than half a second off her old marker to touch in 2:26.73.

19-year Ellen Gandy old stuck to her 200m Butterfly race plan despite turning sixth after the opening 50m, gradually moving through the field to touch in a season’s best 2:05.59 to secure the biggest medal of her career to date.

FINA World Championships 2011 - Swimming Day 5 Morning

Sprinter Fran Halsall qualified ninth fastest from the heats of the Women’s 100m Freestyle in Shanghai. The British Gas GBR swimmer and defending silver medallist touched home in 53.58 to finish her heat in fifth and go through to tonight's semi-finals. In the same heat Amy Smith finished seventh in 54.48 to place 18th overall.

In the Women's 200m Breaststroke Stacey Tadd finished her heat in fifth place in 2:27.88 to go through to the semi-finals in 16th place. 15-year old Molly Renshaw finished 20th overall in her first World Championships in 2:28.35.

Michael Jamieson and Andrew Willis eased into the 200m Breaststroke semi finals in fifth and eighth respectively. British champion Jamieson clocked 2:11.06 to progress while his British Gas ITC Bath teammate Andrew Willis qualified in 2:11.59.

Chris Walker-Hebborn missed out on a place in the semi-finals of the Men's 200m Backstroke by just 0.11s finishing 17th overall in 1:58.59.

FINA World Championships 2011 - Swimming Day 4 Evening

Jemma Lowe and Ellen Gandy stole the show for the British Gas GBR Swimming team on Day Four of the World Championships, both winning their respective 200m Butterfly semi finals.

World Short Course silver medallist Lowe was the quickest of the pair, beating Olympic champion Liu Zige in her home pool to touch in 2:06.30 and progress fastest to Day 5’s evening final. But Gandy also defeated a strong field to win the first semi final in 2:06.73, leading the likes of Olympic silver medallist Jiao Liuyang and World Short Course champion Mireaia Belmonte Garcia for the entire race to qualify fourth fastest.

FINA World Championships 2011 - Swimming Day 4 Morning

British Gas GBR swimmer Ellen Gandy stormed into the semi-finals of the Women’s 200m Butterfly in Shanghai.

The 19-year old finished fifth in her first World Championship final in the 100m Butterfly earlier in the week and continued her form in the morning's heats, clocking 2:08.14 to progress fourth fastest.

Fellow Brit Jemma Lowe - who also reached the 100m Butterfly final - progressed to the semi finals 11th fastest in 2:08.67.

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