Friday, June 17, 2022

Relay medals for Quin and Clegg on penultimate night in Madeira

Edinburgh University’s Scott Quin and Stephen Clegg both enjoyed podium moments as part of relay teams on the penultimate night of action from the Para Swimming World Series in Madeira.

Earlier in the week Quin likened himself to Peter Pan on the hunt for fairy dust, and as part of the S14 4x100m medley team, he found just that. In a thrilling final GBR’s Poppy Maskill, Scott Quin, Reece Dunn and Bethany Firth, raised the roof with their performance, touching out the Australians by 0.01 to secure Gold in a time of 4:09.29.

Australia who had led the whole race had to settle for silver in 4:09.30 with Brazil winning bronze in 4:13.35. Speaking after the race the GBR quartet said,

Poppy Maskill: “It was great being part of this team, the others told me not to worry about it.”

Scott Quin: “I’m quite emotional I’m not going to lie as I have struggled. When I got told I was swimming this relay, honestly. These two (Reece and Bethany) have got relay experience and me and Poppy are inexperienced. To see Beth coming in on that last stroke, I tell you something, we found a bit of fairy dust there didn’t we?”

Reece Dunn: “You always swim well for relays, they are always exciting and you get more adrenaline doing them. We knew it was going to be close coming into the finish and Bethy on that last leg was just amazing. I was just screaming when I saw the result.”

Bethany Firth: “This team was amazing. With so many S14s just to make this team is such a privilege and I didn’t want to let any of them down. We went it and got gold. I couldn’t have given any more and was so glad to touch first.”

There was also medal success for GBR’s Mixed 4x100m freestyle. The quartet of Hannah Russell, Matthew Redfern, Scarlett Humphrey and Stephen Clegg put in a strong performance to secure the bronze medal in a time of 4:08.60. Brazil won gold in 3:54.26 and Spain the silver in 3:59.02. The quartet spoke of their performances and said,

Hannah Russell: “It was such an amazing feeling going on the first leg and to be able to keep up with the guys in the lead was such a great feeling and to come away with a bronze medal with the rest of the relay team is just the best feeling.”

Matthew Redfern: “I’ve come back from retirement and I really couldn’t ask for much more. The feeling when you’re stood on the podium is unbeatable, I was almost in tears and I’m not a crying man. It was emotional.”

Scarlett Humphrey: “So much has been thrown at me this week, it’s an overwhelming experience. None of us have ever participated in a relay before and coming away with a medal at the end of the week is amazing.”

Stephen Clegg: “Paul Noble called me the big weapon at the start of the week, which was quite a flattering remark I have to say. That relay was something special, every single member played their part really well and it was a close fight for that bronze and not a single one of us could have done it without the other members. I can only say a big thank you to Scarlett for giving us such a good leg before me, that gave me a really nice take over and I was full of confidence going in.”

Earlier in the day University of Stirling’s Ollie Carter finished 10th in the S10 100m freestyle, in a time of 57.98.

Full schedules and results from Madeira 2022 can be found here.

Details on all GBR results can be found here.