Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Sensational silvers for Quin and Shaw at World Para Swimming Championships

Scott Quin and Toni Shaw both won silver, while Stephen Clegg broke his own British Record on another great day for British swimmers at the London 2019 World Para Swimming Allianz Championships, which are taking place at the London Aquatics Centre.

It took a World Record breaking performance to push Scott Quin into silver and Naohide Yamaguchi (JPN) did just that in the SB14 100m Breaststroke.

Yamaguchi showed his intent from the start and had a healthy lead at the half way point. Quin narrowed the gap considerably but Yamaguchi had done enough to take the title, breaking Quin’s Record with a new World’s best time of 1:04.95.

Quin won silver in 1:05.46 while Marc Evers (NED) took the bronze in 1:07.03. Quin said of his race:

“I would have liked to have executed things a bit better. I came into the final a bit more relaxed than the heat and it’s the fourth time this season I’ve gone 65 for the event.”

Speaking about Yamaguchi taking his World Record, Quin said:

“It’s good to see the youngsters coming through and making improvements and you have to applaud that. I think he’s 18 and I’m 29 so I have to accept it when people go faster than me.”

Toni Shaw may have predicted Sophie Pascoe’s (NZL) dominance ahead of the S9 Butterfly final, but she certainly wasn’t expecting to come away with the silver medal and enjoy her second trip to the podium.

Pascoe’s victory never looked in doubt with the World Record Holder for the event touching home in 1:04.35, a new Championship Record. Shaw didn’t let Pascoe’s pace affect her own race and the 16-year old held her nerve to power home to take the silver medal in a new British Record time of 1:07.83. Elizabeth Smith (USA) won bronze in 1:08.12.

Shaw said of her performance:

"My first 50 was definitely a lot quicker. I could feel myself dying in the last 15 metres but I just told myself to just keep going as it was almost done. I'm so happy, it's really special seeing all my family looking on; they've done so much for me with all the early mornings and all the travel to the competitions far away. This is the biggest achievement of my life so far, I can't really believe it.”

Stephen Clegg finished fifth in the S12 50m freestyle breaking his own British Record with a time of 24.78. Clegg said of his performance,

“I’m pleased to PB. I wasn’t expecting much from this event. It’s been a busy few days, so to swim a best time is a good result for me. Denysenko (UKR) is a powerful guy. He’s a 23.50 freestyler so it was always going to be hard for me to keep up, I was just trying not to get caught up in the wash.”