Friday, August 17, 2018

Shaw and rest of GB still performing well as Dublin 2018 nears close

Scotland's Toni Shaw claimed a Silver medal and a new Scottish Record on the fifth night of finals at the World Para Swimming European Championships in Dublin.

The 15-year-old Scot finished second in the Women's SM9 200m Individual Medley in 2:36.80, once again behind Spain's Nuria Marques Soto, who edged her out in the S9 100m backstroke on Thursday night. Shaw also managed to finished ahead of Irish hopeful Ellen Keane.

That was Shaw's fourth medal of the meet, and the Aberdeen-based swimmer said that she has thoroughly enjoyed her debut appearance for GB on the senior stage: “This week has been really good, really exciting and I’m so happy with my result.

“Having an Irish swimmer in the final meant the cheering was really loud which was amazing, you could really hear it in the water.

“The experience has been great, the whole team are lovely. I didn’t come here expecting to achieve so much, my aim was just to get PBs.”

Other highlights for GB included Alice Tai storming to victory in the Women’s S8 100m freestyle final, reducing her time from the heats by almost three seconds and sealing the win in 1:05.53.

And there were two medals in the Women’s S6 400m Freestyle, silver for Eleanor Simmonds and bronze for double 2018 euro champion Maisie Summers-Newton.

Tully Kearney secured Great Britain’s first medal of night five of racing as she took bronze in the Women’s S5 50m Freestyle.

The World Para Swimming European Championships conclude on August 19.