Monday, August 30, 2021

Mullen through to backstroke final

City of Glasgow Swim Team’s Andrew Mullen returned to the action today in the heats of the S5 50m backstroke on day six of the swimming competition of the Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Mullen, who is competing in his third Paralympics, looked strong and finished in a time of 37.99 to secure a place in the final. Afterwards Mullen commented on his performance,

“I’m really pleased with that. It’s the fastest backstroke swim I’ve done in an awfully long time in the heats. It’s nice to make it through to the final; the S5 events have really pushed on in the last four years so to be up there competing in a final in my third Paralympic Games, yes, I’m pleased.”

Speaking about his technique Mullen said,

“I like to think of myself as a little bit of a pioneer in the S5 underwater phase, everyone’s copying me now. It’s an important part of a race and it’s important that you maximise your strengths when you are swimming. It’s definitely one of the things I’m good at so yes, just try and maximise it as much as possible.”

Described as the ‘youngest elder statesman’ of the team, Mullen commented on the advice he’s shared with some of the younger, less experienced members of the team. He said,

“I think my advice is to just treat it like another swim meet. What I’ve been saying to a lot of the guys, whatever the event they’re swimming in, so someone like Quiny (Scott Quin) last night in his 100m breast, I said Quiny, how many times have you swum the 100 breast before in your life, it’s like a walk in the park, just do it a little bit faster than you usually do it and you’ll be fine.

“And I’m just trying to make sure they dial into their processes and not get phased by the magnitude of the occasion, I think that’s important. Just execute your race plan and whatever happens, happens. Medals are a by-product of executing your race plan. It’s about keeping them grounded and their emotions at bay.”

When asked who gives him advice, Mullen finished by saying,

“My coach back at home, Ian Wright, he’s a bit of a swimming genius, so if I ever need any advice I go straight to him.”

Mullen’s final is scheduled for 1018am (1818 Tokyo).

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