Record for Tan­cock as Scots miss out

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SWIM­MING

Gre­gor Tait, Becky Cooke and the med­ley re­lay team all had fourth­placed fin­ishes as Scot­tish swim­mers just failed to add to their medal tally on the fi­nal day of the Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional in Narashino yes­ter­day, writes Lorin McDougall.

Tait, the Com­mon­wealth cham­pion, third in the 200 me­tres back­stroke on Thurs­day, was one place worse in yes­ter­day’s 200m in­di­vid­ual med­ley in 2min.01.25sec, as the English­man, Liam Tan­cock, took gold and set a new Bri­tish record in the process. He clocked un­der two min­utes for only the sec­ond time in his ca­reer to se­cure his sec­ond gold of the meet­ing with a time of 1:59.19. The Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity swim­mer led from the start and low­ered the pre­vi­ous Bri­tish stan­dard by more than 11/ sec­onds.

2 Cooke, from Glas­gow, was also fourth in the 800m freestyle fi­nal in 8:33.21. Caitlin McClatchey and Han­nah Mi­ley, ex­per­i­ment­ing with a new event, were 10th and 11th. Mi­ley had ear­lier been fifth in the 200m in­di­vid­ual med­ley in 2:14.49.

Todd Cooper, the Stir­ling swim­mer, strug­gled home eighth in the 100m but­ter­fly, but went quicker in the med­ley re­lay, which also fea­tured Ed­in­burgh’s Kris Gilchrist on the breast-stroke leg.

BAS­KET­BALL

Ster­ling Davis claims to be close to a first sum­mer sign­ing for the Scot­tish Rocks, but ad­mits his new job has been an eye-open­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,

The player coach still has just Rob Yan­ders on his ros­ter for the forth­com­ing Bri­tish Bas­ket­ball League cam­paign, al­though Julius Joseph, the Great Bri­tain guard, has ver­bally agreed a fresh deal.

With just five weeks un­til the sea­son tips-off, there are fears that last year’s team will be bro­ken up, but Davis is urg­ing the club’s fans to be pa­tient. “There’s no need to panic,” he said. “We’re close to sign­ing a cou­ple of guys and are talk­ing to a few more. I’m con­fi­dent that we’ll have at least one deal done.” ■ Chris Finch, the Great Bri­tain coach, will have an eye on both teams when his team play a friendly with Mons to­mor­row ahead of Wed­nes­day’s Eurobas­ket qual­i­fier with the Nether­lands. Finch joined the Bel­gian side last month but has left pre-sea­son prepa­ra­tions in the hands of his as­sis­tants while he fo­cuses on guid­ing GB to­ward pro­mo­tion.

CY­CLING

The Isle of Man rider, Mark Cavendish, won a bunch sprint fin­ish to take the sec­ond stage of the Tour of Benelux, from An­twerp to Knokke-Heist, yes­ter­day, writes Gil­lian Firth. Fred Ro­driguez was sec­ond and the Bel­gian, Wouter Wey­landt, third. Nick Nuyens of Bel­gium main­tained his over­all race lead.

“This is my eighth sea­son win, now I want to get 11 vic­to­ries like [Ital­ian sprinter Alessan­dro] Pe­tac­chi,” said Cavendish, a T-Mo­bile rider. “When I’m in the top three in the last 200 me­tres of a sprint, there’s not many peo­ple out there can beat me.”

The Scot, David Mil­lar, re­mains fourth over­all. He was third in the open­ing in­ter­me­di­ate sprint out­side An­vers, but fin­ished yes­ter­day’s stage in the pelo­ton. ■ Andrew White­hall leads the Scot­tish chal­lenge at the Ju­nior Tour of Wales, which starts to­day with a 10 kilo­me­tre time trial, writes Colin Ren­ton.

White­hall, 11th in last week­end’s Bri­tish road race cham­pi­onships, will ride in the colours of his Bel­gian club ASFRA against a strong field that in­cludes his fel­low Scots Aaron Murray, Mag­nus David­son, Dean Martin and Tom Demp­ster, who will com­pete for the Scot­land team

MO­TOR RAC­ING

Dan Clarke, the Bri­tish driver, has been sus­pended from the Champ Car Grand Prix of Bel­gium af­ter he took out his com­pa­triot Justin Wil­son dur­ing a crash on the open­ing lap of prac­tice at the Zolder cir­cuit, writes Chris Hope. Clarke, a driver for Mi­nardi Team USA, was in con­tact with the car of Wil­son and the lat­ter col­lided with Jan Heylen whose car was ex­ten­sively dam­aged.

Clarke was banned from the Bel­gian race and he may also be stopped from re­turn­ing for next week­end’s event at Assen in the Nether­lands. Clarke has been on pro­ba­tion fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent at the re­cent San Jose Grand Prix, in which he col­lided with fel­low Bri­tons Wil­son and Kather­ine Legge. ■ Al­lan McNish can tie up two ti­tles to­mor­row at Mosport in the Amer­i­can Le Mans se­ries, writes Ken­neth Stephen. A win in Canada for the Scot would give Audi the man­u­fac­tur­ers’ and team ti­tles. Audi’s diesel-pow­ered R10s lead the man­u­fac­tur­ers’ stand­ings by 59pts over Cre­ation Zytec. In the teams award, the fa­mous mar­que leads In­ter­sport Rac­ing by 95pts.

A sev­enth class win of the cam­paign in round 8 would be enough to take both of those cham­pi­onships, leav­ing McNish with just the driv­ers’ ti­tle to clinch. Near­est chal­lengers in that cat­e­gory are Audi them­selves, with the team’s other car 22pts adrift.

ROW­ING

For the sec­ond suc­ces­sive week­end, the ac­tion in Scot­land is in the north, writes Mike Hag­gerty. Fol­low­ing last week’s suc­cess­ful In­ver­ness Sprint, the com­mit­tee of the Dee, the co­op­er­a­tive of all the Aberdeen row­ing clubs, stages their an­nual Aberdeen Sprint Re­gatta in the Gran­ite city to­day .

A 75-race pro­gramme will be staged with crews from Lochwin­nochbased club Cas­tle Sem­ple and In­ver­ness join­ing in the ac­tion.

SPEED­WAY

Chris­tian Henry could up­set Glas­gow Tigers’ hopes of a place in the play-offs for the Pre­mier League ti­tle, writes Nigel Dun­can. The for­mer Tigers rider has im­pressed with his form for New­cas­tle Di­a­monds this sea­son, fi­nally com­ing good when reach­ing sec­ond-top place in the Ty­ne­side team’s av­er­ages.

Di­a­monds come to Ash­field to­mor­row look­ing for only their sec­ond road win of the sea­son, while Tigers are in eighth spot and have only lost one of the eight home league matches this sea­son.

Josef Frank, a for­mer Ber­wick Ban­dit, heads New­cas­tle’s av­er­ages, but it is Henry who is the man to watch.

VOL­LEY­BALL

The Great Bri­tain women’s team, which in­cluded the Scots, Lynne Beat­tie, Jen­nifer Thom and Jo Morgan, were de­feated 25-14, 25-23, 25-22 by the hosts, Kaza­khstan, in their open­ing match in the Pres­i­dent’s Cup.

Pic­ture: Reuters

RECORD BREAKER: Liam Tan­cock, sec­ond from front, set a new Bri­tish record in the 200m in­di­vid­ual med­ley in Narashino yes­ter­day. He had won the back­stroke ear­lier in the meet­ing.

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