THREE Salisbury masters swimmers took part at the 15th World FINA Masters Championships in Montreal, Canada.
Phil Muspratt was in his second World Championships also and his fifth international competition in total. The British number one, who has taken titles at the Scottish National Championships as well as both the British Short and Long Course Championships was looking to take his success onto the international stage.
The first event was the 100m freestyle where a season's best time earned him fourth place.
In his least favoured event, the 200m freestyle, he claimed tenth position following a well paced race.
But in the 50m freestyle, his favoured event and where he had his highest hopes, he could only manage sixth place.
He did however, finish as the highest placed British swimmer in each of his freestyle events. He went one better in the 100m and 50m freestyle finishing as the top European swimmer. Muspratt finished his championships off with the 50m backstroke.
"I said before the World Championships that the big threat would come from Brazil and America," said Muspratt. "This turned out to be very much the case as in the 100m freestyle Brazil took gold, silver and bronze and again the top two positions in the 50m freestyle.
"To come away with three top ten finishes is a good result for me all things considered, however the frustrating thing is that personal best times would've put me in the top three in at least two of my races. To be the fourth fastest 100m freestyle masters swimmer in the world is something I'm proud of though.
"The next World Championships for me will be in 2017 in Mexico, so I thoroughly plan on matching and beating those who I came up against in Montreal."
Chris Jessup was involved in five events in the 65-69 year age group.
He went in the 100m breaststroke first followed by the 100m fly, in which he set a personal best of one minute, 45.52 seconds to secure tenth position and a medal for finishing in the top ten in his age group.
Jessup also competed in the 50m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke and the 200m butterfly where he finished 11th, narrowly missing out on a second medal.
"I met lots of interesting people from a wide range of countries," he said. "Some I had no common language with but a smile and a handshake works well. Some I have met in a number of previous world championships and others I met for the first time this year. It all makes for a friendly and inspiring competition."
Rob Langan also competed in five events, the 400m and 200m freestyle as well as the 200m, 100m and 50m backstroke. In his second World Championship, the swimmer hoped to finish his season on a high.
His week got off to a disappointing start in the 200m backstroke where a time of two minutes 34.11 seconds left him in 15th position.
However after assessing his race he made the necessary adjustments and the following day he used his 200m freestyle race to attempt his 200m backstroke event again and came away with a much improved time of two minutes 27 seconds.
Langan followed this with a 22nd and 21st place finish in the 50m and 100m backstroke.
His best result came on the last day of competition where he recorded an 11th place finish in the 400m freestyle, rounding off a pleasing week for the Salisbury swimmer.
"I was very disappointed with how I swam in the 200m backstroke," he said. "However my 200m freestyle event allowed me to have another go at my 200m backstroke and I was much happier with my time, which would've also put me into an improved 13th position.
"Swimming backstroke in an outdoor pool is always a massive challenge as you have no roof to follow - outdoor 50m pools aren't exactly common in England. To get 11th spot in the 400m freestyle was also very pleasing and a testament to the hard work I've been doing in the pool, this showed my fitness was there. I'm looking forward to a deserved rest and to come back strong next season."
The Canada competition comprised of waterpolo, synchronised swimming, swimming, diving and open water swimming where 9,000 competitors from 97 countries poured into Montreal. Some 6,000 of the competitors were swimmers - the oldest being a 95-year-old man from the host country and a 97-year-old lady from New Zealand.