Thursday, August 16, 2018

Shaw adds another medal to impressive debut collection in Dublin

Toni Shaw won her third medal at the World Para Swimming European Championships in Dublin as she took bronze in the Women’s S9 100m backstroke, in a new lifetime best swim of 1:08.16.

Spain's Nuria Marques Soto took the Gold, with Sweden's Lina Watz touching for Silver just over a second ahead of Shaw.

The 15-year-old said: "It feels really good as I wasn’t expecting to get a medal in that one. The plan tonight was to just go as fast as I could and see what happens.

“I’ve still the three more races here in Dublin including the 200m IM and relay, so still lots to come and looking forward to it all.”

Stephen Clegg made a return to the continental podium, the S12 swimmer went in the Men’s 100m Backstroke and finished third.

“I was a bit sore after this morning’s swim, but I took it out faster which was my aim. Just wasn’t able to hold on in the last 15 metres as well as I thought I could,” he said.

Sunderland-based Clegg was joined at the medal ceremony by two Ukrainian athletes, Sergii Slippert took silver but gold and the European title went to Iaroslav Denysenko.

Elsewhere for GB, Alice Tai narrowly missed out on a World Record by 0.6s in the S8 100m backstroke. Her time of 1:08.86 was still way ahead of the chasing pack, led by compatriot Megan Richter who claimed silver in a time of 1:17.90 which is a new season’s best for her, and third medal of the meet.

Hannah Russell also picked up a Gold in the Women's S12 100m backstroke. There was a Silver for Zara Mullooley in the Women’s S10m 50m Freestyle, and Bronze for Grace Harvey in the Women’s S10m 50m Freestyle.