MANCHESTER, England, UK, July 25. DARREN Mew, James Gibson, Gregor Tait and David Davies all turned in sparkling times at the British National Championships, held in Manchester, July 16-19. But Greece's Ionnas Kokkodis stole the show with a swim in the 400 IM that vaults him into the ranks of potential finalists in Athens.
With lEss than a month to go before the Athens games begin, the 32-member british Olympic team swam in the meet's first three days but was given the last daay off by National Team Director Bill Sweetenham.
Darren Mew out-touched rival James Gibson in both the 50 and 100m breast, clocking 28.12 to Gibson's 28.18 in the 50 and 1:01.03 to 1:01.78 in the 100, with Chris Cook right behind at 1:01.86.
Tait took the 200 back in 1:59.35, while Davies, the fast-rising young Welchman, won the 400/800 freestyle double in 3:52.35 and 7:57.72.
Kokkodis was also aa double winner, taking the 200 IM in 2:03.08 and the 400 in an eye-opening 4:18.10.
The times were not as fast on the women's side, though Rebecca Cooke looked sharp in taking the 400/1500 frees in 4:12.17 and 16:30.76 and the 400 IM in 4:51.96.
The best women's swim was Alison Sheppard's 25.32 for the 50 free.