exeter's world champion 50m backstroke swimmer liam tancockExeter's Commonwealth champion Liam Tancock narrowly missed out on the 100m Backstroke medals on day three of the 2011 FINA World Swimming Championships in Shanghai.

The British Gas ITC Loughborough swimmer, who will begin the defence of his world 50m Backstroke title on Saturday, clocked a season’s best 53.25 from lane one to finish just 0.26 off the podium positions in China.

Tancock (pictured) won bronze from an outside lane at last year’s European Championships and looked like he might repeat the feat after turning third fastest at the 50m mark.

Japan’s Asian Games champion Ryosukie Irie (52.98) eventually clinched bronze behind France’s joint-winners Camille Lacourt and Jeremy Stravius (52.79), Tancock maintained his speed to finish sixth overall.

After clocking the sixth fastest time of his career, the 26-year old admitted: "It was just about going in there and racing tonight.

"I got faster through the rounds which was my aim and that's my fastest 100m for 16 months so I have to be happy.

"It was about racing the best in the world and that's what I thrive on. The medals could have come from any of the guys in there tonight.

"I've got a few days rest now to get myself ready for the 50m Backstroke so I'm looking forward to that one."

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