Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Mullen looks to build on Tokyo experience

Andrew Mullen took to the Tokyo pool for the fifth and final time this morning, competing in the heats of the S5 50m freestyle, on day eight of the Tokyo Paralympics swimming competition.

Mullen (City of Glasgow Swim Team) put in another strong performance, coming into the wall fast and finishing in a time of 36.01, just 0.05 off his best for the season. Finishing 13th overall for the event, the 24-year-old who is coached by Ian Wright, said,

“The swim wasn’t too bad, its 0.1 slower than my fastest time this year. I’m happy with how I put together the race in terms of the process and the execution though it’s probably a fraction slower than I would have liked to have gone.

“I think during this Paralympic cycle I’ve learned a lot about perseverance and the importance of consistency. If you want to do anything well, you have to consistently apply yourself to it. If you do anything that breaks that consistency, whether for me personally I had a little bit of time away from the sport, then it’s going to impact performances, but I’m really proud how I’ve turned that around. 18 months ago, there’s no way I’d have been going 36 zero on the freestyle and 37 high on the back, it’s all part of the process and I’m happy how this meet has gone for me and I’m sure I will be able to build on this and be swimming even faster in the years to come.”

Speaking about the Paralympic movement gathering momentum and the sport moving on, Mullen said,

“I personally think British Swimming are doing a great job. This has been a hard meet for everyone but the attitude and the mood within the team has always been incredibly upbeat, always been incredibly positive and we’ve been meeting challenges face on and just rolling with them. I think that’s a credit to the team, both staff and athletes, and we’ve really gelled together as a unit and after this challenging year the team will be better for it.”

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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