Monday, July 13, 2015

Sensational Silvers from Quin and Mullen in Glasgow

"The support from everyone has been massive and it’s quite emotional for me." Scott Quin

The IPC Swimming World Championships began today in Glasgow with Scott Quin and Andrew Mullen giving the crowd plenty to cheer about, securing silver medals in their respective events.

Quin (Warrender Baths Club) won his heat this morning and started the final second fastest behind Marc Evers from the Netherlands.

Quin got off to a great start and turned in 2nd place at the 50m mark. But Elvers, with his strong finish, turned well and was soon on the shoulders of the leaders, passing them with 25m to go.

Elvers secured victory in 1:07.10, with Quin and world record holder Yasuhiro Tanaka of Japan finishing in 1:07.99 to take silver.

A smiling Quin said of his medal,

“I’m over the moon. To get that medal here in Glasgow, well it’s another stepping stone along the road to next year. I’m in a good place at the moment and I’m really delighted.

“I’m particularly thrilled to do that in front of such great support from my family and friends.  My swim team from Warrender have cancelled their training tonight to be here tonight and my strength and conditioning coach, Neil Shank, who works with me in the gym day in day out is also here. The support from everyone has been massive and it’s quite emotional for me.

“To be honest it’s quite surreal how far I’ve come on. I’m a late developer in the sport and I’m just so happy to be here.  It’s looking positive for next year, and I know that there are already plans in place for me for my preparation for Rio.”

Thinking ahead to Rio, Quin continued,

“I’m a one-trick pony that is my best stroke! I will now sit down with my coaches, the GB staff and discuss what we are going to do for next season, how to progress further but for the moment I’m just going to enjoy this moment.”

The crowd did not have to wait much longer for more celebrations, with Andrew Mullen taking to the final of the S5 50m backstroke.

Earlier in the day Mullen had broken the European Record to take top spot in the final, posting a time of 37.29. His biggest threat came in the form of World Record holder Daniel Dias of Brazil.

Indeed Dias powered his way down the single length storming to victory in a new Championships Record time of 35.34. Mullen could not match the pace but comfortably secured the silver medal in 37.68. Beytullah Eroglu of Turkey won bronze in 40.27.

Mullen said,

I’m really happy with that. It was a good swim for me, the final was a solid swim. I pb’d this morning so can’t complain about that and I’ve come away from the world champs with a silver medal.

“I was feeling in good form coming into the meet so a PB to start the meet off is good and I hope to carry on that form as the meet continues.  And I’m really pleased to do that in front of my friends and family, it is pretty humbling.”

When asked about the on-going rivalry with Dias which will continue for the duration of the meet, Mullen continued,

“I approach my own race and look at what I can do. I can’t control what Daniel does, he’s incredibly fast so I just focus on me and do the best swim I can.

“I also don’t pay attention too much to his (Daniel’s) times. I just want to improve my own times as with PBs come medals so I just want to strive to deliver good performances for the rest of the week.”

The IPC Swimming World Championships are taking place at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow from 13-19 July.

Full results from the event can be found here:

Full details of all the GBR swimmers competing can be found at British Swimming:

Live streaming from the event can be found here:  

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