Tuesday, April 26, 2016

British Record for Clegg on Penultimate Day of Championships

Stephen's doing everything that’s being asked of him, by myself, by others on the swim team, the Institute and he’s getting the results.” Bruce Halloran

More records tumbled tonight on the penultimate day of the British Para Swimming International Meet, taking place at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow.

Alongside World Records from Bethany Firth (S14) in the 200m freestyle and Ellie Simmonds (S6) in the 400m freestyle, Stephen Clegg broke the British Record (S12) in the 400m freestyle, improving the record his brother James had set at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Montreal back in 2013 (4:21.76).

Clegg from East Lothian Swim Team, swam a steady pace throughout his heat, touching home in a time of 4:19.14. He as good as equaled the record during the final posting a time of 4:19.17 which gave him 855 points and the bronze medal.

After the race his coach, Bruce Halloran, said,

“While it may not be his main event at this meet, freestyle is definitely his favoured event. The drop he has made in the last six months is testament to the work he’s put in.

“In terms of training, my focus is building consistency with Stephen. He’s had a long time out of the pool so we’re working around making sure he’s doing things properly in the pool and I must give credit to him, he’s doing everything that’s being asked of him, by myself, by others on the swim team, the Institute and he’s getting the results.”

While there was record breaking contentment for Clegg, there was heartbreak for Rosie Bancroft in the MC 400m freestyle. Despite being pushed along by Stephanie Millward Bancroft finished in 4:49.52 (836 points). While it was good enough for the silver medal it was well shy of the Rio qualifying time and the City of Oxford athlete was distraught.

The event concludes tomorrow with nominations for ParalympicsGB being submitted on Friday.

Other Scottish swimmers competing tonight were:

Reagan Doig, S14 (Perth City) – MC 200m freestyle 2:19.11 (716 points)

Amy Macfarlane, S14 (Motherwell & Wishaw) MC 200m freestyle 2:46.46 (418 points)

Andrew Mullen, S5 (Ren 96) MC 200m freestyle 2:46.30 (684 points)

Cara Smyth, S10 (Incas) MC 400m freestyle 5:23.49 (600 points)

Toni Shaw, S10 (COAST) – MC 400m freestyle 5:08.15 (694 points)

Adam Donnachie, S8 (Blantyre) – MC 400m freestyle 5:50.30 (430 points)

Oliver Carter (Carnegie) – MC 400m freestyle 4:38.89 (666 points)


Full results from the meet can be found here:


The event schedule can be found here:



Both heats and finals are being live streamed. Follow all the action here:



The British Para-Swimming International Meet is taking place at Tollcross International Swimming Centre from 23rd to 27th April.