Team GB swimming stars help set new 100 x 100m relay world record for cancer charity
Team GB Olympic medal-winners Michael Jamieson and Rebecca Adlington were among a group of 100 swimmers who helped smash the world record title for fastest 100 x 100m relay title on Sunday.
The pair were joined by fellow Olympians Fran Halsall and Karen Pickering to set a new benchmark time of 1 hour 29 minutes and 3 seconds at Sheffield's Ponds Forge International Sports Centre.
They beat the previous record of 1 hour 37 minutes and 53 seconds and raised more than £20,000 for blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
Team GB stars Rebecca Adlington and James Goddard (centre) were among those who took part in the attempt Picture: Speedo
The Swim4Leukaemia event was organised by Great Britain and Sheffield swimmer Lewis Coleman, pictured above, after his mother was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in June 2012.
She has since been through chemotherapy, a clinical drugs trial and a bone marrow transplant.
Lewis with his younger brother Oliver, who also took part in the record attempt. Picture: Speedo
Speaking after the successful attempt, Lewis said: “I'm so happy with how the Guinness World Records attempt went, I put a lot of hours into organising the event and I'm so glad everything worked out as planned and we put on a great show for everyone!
Lewis receives his Guinness World Records certificate from adjudicator Kirsty Bennett. Picture: Andy Chubb
“It was really important for me to raise awareness for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research as without their great work my mum wouldn't have had a second chance at life! “
“To be part of & break a Guinness World Record is a special thing in itself but to do it with my brother, girlfriend, friends and the swimming community made it that bit more special and to do it all for my mum was the greatest thing, the moment when I touched the wall and looked up at the clock will stay with me for the rest of my life!'
Swimwear makers Speedo supported Lewis in his quest to break the World Record, by providing all participants with caps, Fastskin LZR RACER 2’s swimsuits and shirts.
Speedo UK Marketing Manager Sally Polak said: “We are thrilled for Lewis and his team on their new Guinness World Record! Speedo is proud to have been able to support Lewis on achieving such a fantastic accomplishment to help raise funds for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.”
To find out more about the Swim4Leukaemia charity, click here.