Monday, April 21, 2014

Gold and British Record for Mullen in Glasgow

“My aim now is to go to Europeans and win gold." Andrew Mullen

Andrew Mullen took his second medal of the competition, winning gold in the MC 50m Backstroke with 721 points. 

Mullen’s time of 39.03 was an S5 British record and within the European qualifying time. He also met the European standard in the S5 200m Freestyle heats.

The Glasgow-based Ren96 swimmer said: “That was a really good final for me. I managed to execute it really well and felt really strong. I was pleased to go half a second faster than this morning and although I wanted to dip under 39 seconds, I was really close so maybe next time.

“My aim now is to go to Europeans and win gold. I’m confident in my own ability and that I can do that and I think leaving on a 39.03 is perfect motivation to go under the 39 there.”

Iceland’s Jon Margeir Sverrisson (S14) took gold in the men’s 200m Freestyle with 977 points, leaving British S14 athletes Craig Rodgie and Thomas Hamer battling for second place on the podium.

Edinburgh University’s Rodgie finished just 0.13 seconds ahead of Hamer to take silver with 876 points (2:03.35), with Hamer (Burnley) getting 876 points (2:03.87). Both were just outside the European qualification time.

In his 200m free final Scott Quin, S14 (Warrender Baths Cub) was 7th in 2:07.90 which translates into 794 points.

Reagan Doig of Perth City, S14, was 5th in her 200m freestyle final with 773 points (2:21.53), while in her 200m free final Amy Macfarlane (Motherwell & Wishaw) was 7th in 2:50.22/444 points.

In the Men’s 16 years/under 400m freestyle, S13 athlete Fraser Kane (North Ayrshire) finished 7th in 4:50.65/532 points while Cameron Cox, S10, (Upper Desside) was 9th in 5:07.57/501 points.

In the Women’s 50m backstroke final S5 athlete Kayleigh Haggo, Stirling Swimming was 6th in 1:15.78, or 133 points.

Other British athletes swimming within the European qualification standard on the final day include Chloe Davies (S14, 200m Freestyle), Susie Rodgers (S7, 400m Freestyle), Amy Marren (S9, 400m Freestyle), Steph Millward (S9, 400m Freestyle) and Rob Welbourn (S10, 400m Freestyle).

For all the results visit: http://www.swimming.org/britishswimming/para-swimming/british-international/

The 2014 IPC Swimming European Championships will be staged in Eindhoven, Netherland from 4-10 August 2014. For a list of British swimmers who have achieved the qualification standard visit: http://www.swimming.org/britishswimming/para-swimming/qualifiers/

The British Para-Swimming International Meet takes place at Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow from 18-21 April 2014.

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