Monday, August 30, 2021

Seventh place finish for Mullen in backstroke final

Andrew Mullen backed up his morning heat swim with another powerful display in the final of the S5 50m backstroke at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre this evening.

Lining up in lane one, alongside long-time friend and rival, Daniel Dias, the 24 year old City of Glasgow Swim Team athlete, looked strong throughout and came into the wall in a time of 37.96 for seventh place.

Lichao Wang (CHN) won gold in 33.38 with Yaroslav Semenenko (UKR) taking the silver in 35.05. Dias (BRA) won bronze in 35.99.

Mullen spoke after the race and said,

“I’m pleased. This meet has been a really sort of different meet for me. I’ve not had the best preparation, having time away from the sport, then obviously lockdown. I’m just really happy to be out here competing and progressing from heat to final is always a bonus as well.

“S5 is now a super tough category to be in. But in life I think it’s always important to seek out challenges, it’s what makes us grow and develop, and for me swimming is a worthwhile challenge regardless of how tough the category is.”

Speaking about the importance of role models such as Daniel Dias, Mullen continued,

“Daniel is a really special guy. He was my hero when I was a young kid and I’ve been thankful enough to race him for the past decade. I think that’s probably the last Paralympic final we’ll ever swim against each other so we kind of gave each other a hug after the race, swapped hats and said it has been a pleasure. He’s an absolute role model for any young para swimmer out there, any athlete out there really; what a great guy, an absolute gentleman.

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