Jess full on for Tokyo despite testing World Championships

TOKYO remains the target for Jess Fullalove as British swimmers produced some of their best ever World Championship results.

19th April 2019, Tollcross ISC, Glasgow, Scotland;

The Royton raised, Bath based star competed in the 100 and 200 metres backstroke events at the championships in South Korea.

They proved tough going for Fullalove looking to replicate the form that brought gold and silver medals at the British Championships earlier in the year.

The former Crompton House School pupil failed to qualify from the 100 heats, clocking 1:01.40 to finish 27th overall.

The title went to Canada’s Kylie Masse in a time of 58.60 seconds. Such was the event quality all eight girls in the final broke the one-minute barrier.

In the 200 metres, Fullalove qualified for the semi-finals with a time of 2:11.08, more than a second outside her lifetime best.

She eventually finished 15th overall as American Regan Smith took the title in 2:03.69.

Team GB eventually finished seventh on the swimming medal table with seven podium places including double gold for Adam Peaty and victory for the men’s 4×100 metres medley relay team.

The overall squad, including divers, scooped 12 medals and also obtained a seventh placed standing.

Away from the pool, there was tragedy in host city Gwangju when two people were killed and others injured when a roof collapsed at a local nightspot.

Governing body British Swimming issued a statement at the time saying: “We would like to pass on sincere condolences to all those involved in a crush incident at a local venue.

“We can also confirm that no members of the British aquatics team were present or involved in the incident.”

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