Thursday, September 2, 2021

Lawlor, Shaw through to penultimate day of swimming finals

Louis Lawlor has had the longest wait out of the 25-strong team, but on the penultimate day of the swimming competition, he finally made his Paralympic debut in the heats of the S14 100m backstroke.

City of Glasgow Swim Team Lawlor, who is coached by Danielle Brayson, looked composed as he swam a solid heat to finish in a season’s best time of 1:01.43.

After his race, he said,

“I’m over the moon. I just wanted to come in and make the final, so to do that, I’m really happy with my swim this morning.”

Speaking about his long wait ahead of competing, Lawlor said,

“I’ve been keeping myself busy but also contacting the family to keep them updated on how my progress is going ahead of the race today. To be honest I didn’t think I’d ever make a Paralympic final. Just to be here is a real dream come true.

“After the swim down, I’ll go back to the Village, have a nap, then just prepare for tonight and just finish it off. I came here to do a job and I want to complete that job later.”

Lawlor's final is scheduled for 1803/1003 on Thursday.

This morning was the start of a busy day for Toni Shaw, not only will she be racing in the final of the S9 100m butterfly, but she will also swim the fly leg of the 34pt 4x100m medley in tonight’s final session.

Shaw, (University of Aberdeen), swam a controlled heat, finishing in a time of 1:10.41 and will be fourth fastest for the individual final tonight. She said after the race,

“I’ve not done much butterfly, yesterday was my first proper session of doing it. But I’ve got three 100s today. I’m just hoping each one gets faster and I can do my best one tonight with the other girls. I’m super excited, it’s my last race as well, and I’m really looking forward to that one.”

Speaking about her love of the relay, Shaw continued,

“The relay is so much nicer, walking out with the other girls. I think maybe after my individual event I’ll drink some coffee and then get ready to do it all again. But I know it’s my last race and I’m going to give it absolutely everything.”

Tonight’s individual final sees Shaw line up alongside World Champion and World Record Holder for the event, Sophie Pascoe (NZL). Shaw said of Pascoe,

“Swimming next to someone as crazy fast as Sophie, I knew I was going to be behind her, but as long as I could feel her splash, I knew I wasn’t doing badly. To race against her is just crazy, she is such an inspiration and has done so much for the sport and it’s great to swim alongside her.”

Shaw’s individual final is scheduled for 1728/0928 and the relay is scheduled for 1959/1159.

Full details on all the ParalympicsGB swimmers, go to the British Swimming website.

The start lists, schedule and results can be found HERE.

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