Monday, September 9, 2019

Brilliant bronze for Shaw on opening night in London

Toni Shaw looked thrilled and surprised in equal measures as she picked up the bronze medal in the S9 100m freestyle on the opening night of London 2019 World Para Swimming Allianz Championships.

16-year old Shaw who trains with University of Abedeen was up against para-swimming legend Sophie Pascoe of New Zealand who took the title in 1:00.20, with the silver medallist from the Rio Paralympics, Sarai Gascon (ESP) winning silver in 1:02.90. Shaw’s Team-mate Stephanie Millward finished 8th. Shaw said of her first World Championship medal,

“I’m really happy to win my first worlds medal. I was not expecting to do it in this event. And to do it here with a home crowd including my family and my coach is really special.”

In other finals Stephen Clegg finished in 4th in the S12 100m backstroke. The athlete who trains with City of Sunderland was much happier with this evening’s performance and said,

"I’m really happy. It's been a great day of swimming, first time racing here and I've really enjoyed the atmosphere. I was quicker than this morning so I can't ask for much more. Although I’m slightly disappointed now to miss out on a medal.

“I had a little bit of a crash in the heat so I was kind of focused on not repeating that. It’s been a rocky couple months but I'm geared towards the 100m fly so the focus is fully on that now. The home crowd is amazing, it’s a massive help.”

Live results and the event schedule can be found here and you can catch all the action on Channel 4 here.