Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Freestyle bronze for Clegg

Stephen Clegg (Edinburgh University) showed real strength in his S12 100m freestyle final, to secure his second bronze medal of the meet, adding to the bronze he won in Friday’s 100m backstroke final.

World Champion bronze medallist, Raman Salei (AZE) won the title in 52.69, with world record holder for the event, Maksym Veraksa (UKR) winning silver in 52.87. Clegg’s bronze medal winning time was 53.43, which was a new British Record.

He commented after the race, and said,

“That was pretty unexpected. I knew it was going to be a tough race with a lot of fast guys around me, so as I said this morning, I wanted to take it out hard and see where else I could improve for the final. I’m really pleased with that, and it was a PB.

“I think I was kind of expecting a 5th place and a decent time hopefully. I wanted to take it out quite strong and really work the turns and start as much as possible. My start wasn’t quite as good as it was this morning, but still pretty solid. I just had to hold on as much as I could on the back end. It’s not an event I’ve worked on much and I was a bit naïve on how I wanted to swim it. So coming away with a medal in that event is really exciting and shows I’m in great form for my butterfly.

“This whole meet is about the fly, everything else is a bonus. Two PBs in two events so far. I think that has set me up well for Friday night and I look forward to racing these guys again. They’re amazing competitors.”

University of Aberdeen’s Toni Shaw, came within 0.03 of securing her second medal of the Games, just missing out on bronze in the S9 100m freestyle. Shaw finished in a season’s best time of 1:03.42.

2019 World Champion, Sophie Pascoe (NZL), took the gold in 1:02.37, while Sarai Gascon (ESP), who won silver in London in 2019, won silver again in 1:02.77. The bronze medal went to Mariana Ribeiro (BRA) in 1:03.39.

Shaw said after the race,

“Nobody likes to come fourth but that was such a competitive race. There were loads of heats in the morning and to make it through to the final and come fourth, I’m still happy, disappointed obviously, but it is what it is.

“It’s quite a good time. I’ve been mostly training for the 400 and after that last week it was always going to be hard to go down to a sprint event, so, yes, it was OK.”

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