Sunday, September 15, 2019

Second relay gold for Shaw in thrilling Championships finale

Toni Shaw finished her London 2019 World Para Swimming Allianz Championships with a sixth medal as she helped Great Britain’s 34pts 4x100m Freestyle Relay team win a hard fought gold on the last race of the night. The quartet of Stephanie Millward, Brock Whiston, Toni Shaw and Alice Tai all swam superbly, with Tai moving up through the field in the final 100m.  A lengthy wait to confirm results had everyone nervous, but Great Britain were crowned Champions with a time of 4:23.86. USA won silver in 4:24.60 with Canada picking up bronze in 4:30.09.

Afterwards Whiston said of the team’s performance:

“I’m so happy to be part of this team and to swim with these three girls again is amazing. We proved what we’re made of in the medley relay and to do it again in the freestyle relay is fantastic.”

Steph Millward was almost lost for words but said:

“I feel absolutely elated. We’re unbeaten in the medley, we’re unbeaten in the freestyle, and it’s incredible.”

Alice Tai spoke of her outstanding week and said:

“I’m so happy to end the week this way, but now I’m ready to rest.”

Toni Shaw also summed up her week and said:

“It’s been a crazy week, a great experience. To end it with that race and those girls is really special.”

Earlier in the evening Toni Shaw also had a fifth place finish in the S9 50m Freestyle, recording a time of 30.19.

Great Britain finished with 19 gold, 14 silver and 14 bronze medals.

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