Thursday, September 15, 2016

Flying Scott wins silver in thrilling breaststroke final

In the space of around 80 minutes ParalympicsGB won eight medals in the pool, including three golds, four silvers and one bronze. Among those medals were two GBR 1-2s in the Men’s S7 400m freestyle and the Men’s SB14 100m breaststroke, the latter of which featured reigning World Record holder Aaron Moores and reigning European Champion, Scott Quin.

Scott Quin (Warrender) qualified fastest for the final having broken the Paralympic Record in the heats in a time of 1:06.65.In the final itself Moores powered down the first 50m, his trademark style and had a clear lead. At the turn, however, Quin made his move, edging ever closer to Moores with every stroke.

In the last five metres it looked like Quin may take it on the touch, but remarkably Moores held on, winning gold in 1:06.67 while Quin touched in 1:06.70. Marc Evers (NED) won bronze in 1:07.64. After the race Quin said,

“That was some race. All season we’ve been up against each other, going head to head and tonight was no different. The tension in the call room before we came out was unbelievable.

“It was an honour to be here and race against him (Moores) tonight.”

Stephen Clegg (East Lothian Swim Team) finished 5th in his S12 100m backstroke final posting a new lifetime best of 1:02.06, a superb achievement.

Other GBR medallists were Mikey Jones – GOLD, S7 400m freestyle, Jonathan Fox – SILVER, S7 400m freestyle, Hannah Russell – GOLD and World Record, S12 100m backstroke, Bethany Firth – SILVER, SB14 100m breaststroke, Claire Cashmore – SILVER, SB8 100m breaststroke and Susie Rodgers – BRONZE, S7 400m freestyle.

The full results and schedule for the swimming competition can be found here: https://www.rio2016.com/en/paralympics/swimming-schedule-and-results-download

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