Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Medal Delight for Clegg and Lawlor at World Championships

Stephen Clegg and Louis Lawlor enjoyed a great night at the pool on Day 2 of the London 2019 World Para Swimming Allianz Championships.

Stephen Clegg broke the British Record again on his way to a silver medal in the S12 100m Butterfly final. Clegg turned first at the 50m mark and was shoulder to shoulder with Dzmitry Salei (BLR) in the final 15m. It was the athlete from Belarus who took the touch in 57.28, with Clegg winning silver in 57.36. Yaroslav Denysenko (UKR) picked up bronze in 57.70.

Despite being so close to gold, Clegg was far from disappointed and said,

"I’m really happy with that result. I've progressed again and that's all you can ask for. I've learned a lot from the last twelve months and I can take all of this to Tokyo. I'm thrilled, and the crowd, wow! I had goosebumps today."

Louis Lawlor (City of Glasgow Swim Team), who made his World Championships debut this evening, could not hide his delight and surprise at winning bronze in the S14 100m Backstroke. World Record holder for the event, Viacheslav Emeliantsev (RUS) took gold in 59.62, with GBR’s Jordan Catchpole and Lawlor powering home to take silver and bronze respectively, Catchpole in 1:00.86 and Lawlor in 1:01.47.

Lawlor was delighted with his performance and said:

"That was a huge surprise, I didn't expect that at all. It’s a dream come true. One race, one final, one bronze! I've loved every minute here and this will give me a platform to move forward."

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