Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Quin sets Championship Record

Scott Quin, Toni Shaw and Stephen Clegg will return to the action later tonight having secured places in their respective finals on day 3 of the London 2019 World Para Swimming Allianz Championships.

Quin admitted to being nervous in the days leading up to his sole event at the Championships, but managed them well in the race, as he broke the Championships record for SB14 100m breaststroke in a time of 1:05.38, just 0.1 off his own World Record.

Afterwards Quin said of his race,

“It’s not easy. It’s all about getting my process right and focusing on myself. You get a bit stressed with nerves, but I am happy with how I’m feeling. I always know there are upcoming youngsters and some guys who are new on the scene, there’s pressure on me coming into this meet, so I just need to try and focus on myself.”

Toni Shaw is fully aware of just how tough an ask it will be in the S9 100m Butterfly final. A solid swim from the Aberdeen-based athlete saw her just off her PB with a time of 1:08.19, but Shaw acknowledges her main rival, Sophie Pascoe (NZL) and said:

“I think Sophie Pascoe is guaranteed to win. I’ve watched her race lots and lots and to be racing with her is an incredible experience. I’m not sure how much of a race it will be but I’d love to win a medal.”

The final will also see the Rio 2016 gold and silver medallists from the event and Shaw said of her race plans:

“I wanted to go as hard as I could in the heats and then hopefully a bit quicker again tonight. There are more countries competing than were at the Europeans and there are a lot of strong swimmers. I’ll just see how I go.”

Despite not getting a good night’s sleep after his medal winning performance yesterday, Stephen Clegg put in a solid performance in the S12 50m Freestyle heats securing his place in the final with a time of 25.09. He said of his race,

“I didn’t really have a great night’s sleep last night, obviously after the buzz from yesterday. I wasn’t expecting too much but I’m slightly disappointed not to have dipped below the 25 mark. I’ll get back, get some rest and hopefully do a bit more tonight.”

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