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unstoppable burnett sets fourth british record

The English Commonwealth Trials are fast becoming the Simon Burnett show as the Arizona based swimmer set his fourth British Record of the meet last night. Qualifying fastest from the semi finals Burnett blasted a 48.76 to knock 0.89s off Matt Kidd’s existing mark and become the first British man under 49 seconds. In the night’s only finals there were wins for Gregor Tait in the 200IM and David Davies over 1500m.
Burnett has been in scintillating form this week, having already lowered the 50m and 200m freestyle British Record on his way to those titles. The indications from those swims were positive for the 100m event, but few would have expected such a dramatic drop in time; Burnett’s previous best stood at 49.90. His swim now pushes him to 12th on the all time list for the event to go with the top 10 placing he gained in the 200m earlier in the week, but there could be more to come in the final tomorrow night. “I’m looking forward to a long swim down and some rest and hopefully I’ll go quicker in the final.” said Burnett afterwards who will need to dip under 49.08 to ensure selection for the Commonwealth Games.
Elsewhere David Davies dipped under 15 minute s once again to take the 1500m title in 14:59.20 ahead of Chris Alderton who posted a lifetime best of 15:22.05. Tait meanwhile led a Scottish 1-2-3 in the eh 200m IM as he pipped David Carry to the title. Euan Dale took third.