MANCHESTER, England, March 7. THE third night of action at the British Long Course Nationals Championships featured a British record falling by the wayside in Manchester.
Keri-Anne Payne crushed the British record in the women's 1500 free with a 16:06.67 for the victory. That performance obliterated the 16:14.70 set by Rebecca Cooke back in 2003, and far surpassed the previous top time in the world this year of a 16:33.95 from Cassandra Patten. Notably, Payne moved to 20th all time in the rankings. Eleanor Faulkner took second in 16:15.29, while Patten earned third in 16:15.33.
Liam Tancock topped the men's 100 back in 53.44 to ascend to the top of the mountain in the world rankings. His effort trumped the 53.54 set by Camille Lacourt in January as the previous top time in the world. Chris Walker-Hebborn touched a distant second in 55.41, while Ryan Bennett completed the podium with a third-place 55.92.
Gemma Spofforth won the women's 100 back title in 1:00.52, moving up to fourth in the early world rankings. Elizabeth Simmonds finished well back in second with a 1:01.16, while Rachel Lefley wound up third overall in 1:02.02.
Ross Davenport captured the men's 200 free in 1:48.34, touching out Robbie Renwick's 1:48.52 effort. Davenport moved to fifth in the world rankings, while Renwick snagged sixth. David Carry completed the podium with a 1:49.12. Stacey Tadd earned the women's 100 breast title in 1:09.97, while Kate Haywood placed second in 1:10.36. Kerry Buchan rounded out the top three in 1:10.53.
In semifinal swimming, Russell Smith led the way in the men's 50 breast with a 28.74, while Craig Elliot (28.98) and Mark Tully (29.11) qualified second and third. Rebecca Adlington touched out Jazmin Carlin, 1:59.88 to 1:59.89, for the top seed in the women's 200 free. Joanne Jackson qualified third in 1:59.96.
Meanwhile, Michael Rock jumped to third in the world in the men's 200 fly with a top-seeded time of 1:56.26 in semis. That swim puts him behind only Michael Phelps (1:55.34) and Kaio Almeida (1:55.85). Joseph Roebuck qualified second tonight in 1:58.74.
In multi-disability events, Matthew Walker was listed first in the men's 50 free with a 28.63, while Louisa Watkin was listed first in the women's 50 free with a 29.94.