Friday, August 27, 2021

Clegg Paralympic medal success continues with bronze for Stephen

Stephen Clegg followed in his sister Libby and brother James’ footsteps with a bronze medal on the third day of the swimming competition of the Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Edinburgh University’s Clegg, who is coached by Chris Jones, competed in the final of the S12 100m backstroke, using the straight final to prepare for his preferred event, the 100m butterfly, which comes at the end of the meet.

Clegg, who finished fourth in the event at the World Championships in London in 2019, swam a solid race, moving into the bronze medal position in the final 50m, taking the touch in a new British Record time of 1:01.27. Raman Salei (AZE) who won silver in both Rio in 2016 and London in 2019 (World Championships), took the Paralympic title in 1:00.30, while the gold medallist from Rio, Sergii Klippert (UKR) won silver this time round in 1:00.71.

Clegg was pleased with his performance and said of winning his first Paralympic medal,

“I was really happy with that. This event was to get me stuck into the meet, and I just had a really open mind, so to get a medal is amazing and a PB as well.” 

Speaking about the family success at the Paralympics, Clegg continued,

“I think we’re all individual athletes, we’re always there to support each other. My brother will be back home watching me and my sister is in the Village, so I’m really excited to go back and see her with my first Paralympic medal. 

“I’m over the moon at that swim, no one can turn their nose up at a PB. The last couple of years I’ve turned my focus away from the backstroke towards fly, which is more my strength, so I’m delighted.

“I fell short in Rio, I had some issues going into the Games and it was more of a warm up for Tokyo. I started out as a backstroker so it is just such a relief to get a Paralympic medal in this event.

“The focus for me in this Championship is the fly. I now have to go away and refocus, as that is my best and strongest event and strongest possibility for a medal.”  

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