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Zandberg in 50m final

Gerhard Zandberg, the defending world 50 metres backstroke champion, dug deep to power his way through a speedy semi-final at the 13th FINA World Championships in Rome. 

Having watched British star Liam Tancock post a world record time of 24.08 secs in the first semi-final, Zandberg rose to the occasion to equal his morning heats time of 24.68, finishing third in his semi-final and sixth overall. 

“I was on my nerves today as I have not been involved in any other events in the World Championships so far, but its great to finally be back in the water and to post a good time which has allowed me to make the final,” said Zandberg after the race.┬á

“I’ll have to go 0.6 of a second faster in the final if Tancock maintains┬áhis world record pace, but hopefully after a good night’s rest, I will be┬áready to take up the challenge tomorrow.”┬á

Wendy Trott finished eighth in the final of the 800 metres freestyle in 8:29.61. 

“The second half of the race was really tough,” remarked Trott afterwards.┬á”I felt stronger today than I did when I competed in the 1500 metres┬áfreestyle final earlier in the week.”


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