Swimming British medal hopes dashed

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British medal hopes dashed

Britain, who began yesterday with high hopes of winning at least three medals at the European Championships in Vienna, finished empty handed, but Michelle Smith brought Ireland's first gold in the 69-year history of the championships in the women's 200m individual medley. Britain's Martin Harris failed to make the 100m backstroke final, in which Neil Willey finished seventh behind Russia's Vladimir Selkov. Mark Foster finished fourth behind the defending champion Alexander Popov of Russia in the 50 metres freestyle final, Sarah Hardcastle came seventh in the 800m freestyle.