Saturday, September 17, 2016

Sensational Silver for Mullen in Rio

ParalympicsGB have now surpassed their medal total from London2012 with their gold medal tally alone rising to 57 and their total so far a very impressive 125. That certainly hasn’t put the brakes on the athletes who continue to race hard at every opportunity, including Andy Mullen, who won his second medal of the competition in the S5 50m backstroke.

Mullen won silver last year at the IPC Swimming World Championships at his home pool in Glasgow so knew he was capable of a medal. Up against home favourite, Daniel Dias, Mullen made his trademark fast start and was on the shoulder of Dias for the first half of the race.

Dias, however, pulled away and came home in 35.40 for his third gold medal. Mullen powered to the wall in 37.94 for silver while Zsolt Vereczkei (HUN) won bronze in 38.92. After the race Mullen said,

“It’s another sensational crowd. This is my 4th final and over the days the atmosphere just seems to have got better and better. They really love their home town hero Daniel Dias.

“It’s been fantastic; this is my first overseas Games so I’ve had a lot to get used to, but I’ve loved racing and thoroughly enjoyed myself.”

The Women’s 4x100m medley relay, 34points quartet of Alice Tai (S10), Claire Cashmore (SB8), Stephanie Slater (S8) and Stephanie Millward (S8) stormed to gold and a world record (4:45.23) while Hannah Russell was another athlete making a return visit to the podium having won bronze in the S13 100m freestyle.

The full results and schedule for the swimming competition can be found here: