Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Scots among the medals again in impressive day for GB in Dublin

Andy Mullen and Toni Shaw picked up Bronze medals at the World Para Swiming European Championships in Dublin, as the British team secured nine medals in total and two World Records.

15-year-old Toni Shaw, making her first appearance for Britain, won her heat in the S9 100m freestyle in a time of 1:05.72 to send her through to the final. The night race proved a tough one and it proved to be most fruitful for Spain as they secured a one-two, but Toni hung on in the last few metres to take the Bronze, under pressure from Portugal's Susana Veiga. She also improved on her time from the heats, finishing in 1:04.27.

The other Scottish medal came from the other end of the experience spectrum, as multi-medalist Andy Mullen brought home Bronze in the S5 50m backstroke. Ukraine's Yaroslav Semenenko finished clear of the other finalists, and the Scot lost out on Silver to Antonio Fantin of Italy by barely two-tenths of second, touching in36.39.

Mullen had earlier set a new European Record in the heats, only for it to be broken in the very next swim. Curiously, Mullen's own Scottish and British Records were faster than the previous European standard.

Elsewhere for Britain there was triple glory in the Women's S14 200m freestyle, as Bethany Firth claimed Gold and Jessica-Jane Applegate the Silver, followed by Louise Fiddes. The result means Firth retains her European title.

Another swimmer who retained their European title was Tom Hamer, who charged away from the field to smash his own Men’s S14 200m freestyle record, the winning time being 1:55.71. Jordan Catchpole made it a British one-two.

And Maisie Summers-Newton served up a blistering swim in the Women’s SM6 200m Individual Medley final to win gold and claim the European title in a new World record time of 2:59.60.