Saturday, September 10, 2016

Mullen edged out of medals in Rio

“A European Record, you can’t ask for more than that.” Marc Woods, Former Paralympic Champion and commentator

ParalympicsGB have an exceptional reputation in the pool and while a large medal tally is nothing less than expected what we really ask of our athletes is to perform at their best on the night. And that is exactly what Andy Mullen did on Day 3 of the swimming competition of the Rio Paralympics.

IPC European Champion Mullen lined up for the final of the 50m butterfly (S5) alongside rivals Daniel Dias (BRA) and Roy Perkins (USA) who until this race were the reigning Paralympic gold and silver medallists. Mullen was also up against He Shiwei (CHN) who posted the fastest time in the heats.

A great start from the Ren 96 athlete saw Mullen lead for the first half of the race, but then the big rivals took over. Despite the support from the home crowd even Dias found the going tough and it was Roy Perkins of the USA who took the touch in 35.04 for gold. He Shiwei (CHN) won silver in 35.25 and Dias (BRA) won bronze in 35.62.

Mullen swam strongly and finished 4th, the same position as the London 2012 Paralympic Games, in a time of 36.32, a new European Record, an achievement which was applauded by commentator Marc Woods, himself a Paralympic Champion, who said of Mullen’s placing, “A European Record, you can’t ask for more than that.”

In other results, Ellie Robinson was 4th in the 50m freestyle (S6) while Ellie Simmonds was 6th in the same event. Alice Tai won bronze in the 100m backstroke (S10) .

For full results from the swimming at the Rio Paralympic Games click on the following link: