Monday, June 13, 2022

Second World Title for Clegg

A little over 24 hours after securing his first world title of the week, Stephen Clegg has done the double, winning gold in the S12 100m butterfly on day two of the World Para Swimming World Championships in Madeira.

Clegg (Edinburgh University) turned third at the 50m mark behind nearest rival and Paralympic Champion for the event, Raman Salei (AZE), and Illia Yaremenko of Ukraine. On the final 50, Clegg changed up a gear and powered to victory, hitting the wall in 57.32. Salei had to settle for silver again in 58.41, with Yaremmenko taking bronze in 1:00.59.

Clegg was satisfied with his performance and said,

“With me having been ill this week’s about getting the best medals I can. With a bit more left in me I’d have paced it differently, but that was enough for the room.

“I’m straight into the 50m freestyle tomorrow, which is my Commonwealth Games event. I need to focus in on that one and think about how I am going to execute it. It’s a busy week.”

Toni Shaw (University of Stirling) began her World Championships campaign in the SM9 200m IM. After a solid start Shaw turned in second place after the fly and backstroke legs, but lost ground during the breaststroke, her least favourite of the strokes. The 18 year old finished strongly in fifth in a time of 2:40.60 and said of her performance,

“I’ve got a lot of work to do on my backstroke and breaststroke so next season I’ll be back and keen to look at ways to bring them on. I’m excited to get things underway and looking forward to my other races.”

Earlier in the evening Sam Downie (East Lothian Swim Team) continued his campaign, contesting the S8 100m backstroke final, where he finished seventh overall in a time of 1:13.63. He said of his experience,

“I know I’m capable of a lot more, but it has been a busy two days. I had two 400m freestyles yesterday, then back racing again today. I can’t complain too much but I know I’m capable of more.

“I feel I’ve improved in my recovery from heat to final. With faster times in both finals I’ve got to be doing something right. “

City of Glasgow Swim Team’s Louis Lawlor was also in action today in the S14 backstroke. Lawlor who made his debut at the World Championships in London back in 2019 finished sixth in a time of 1:02.62 and said of his performance,

“It was definitely an improvement from this morning. I wanted to go out just that little bit quicker, I struggled with the back end this morning and I really worked on that this evening, I was really happy with that.

“I'm going to rest as much as I can before the 200m IM. It's not one of my main events, but I'm happy to give it a go.”

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

Details on all GBR results can be found here.