Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Shaw and Clegg edged out of medals

She spoke yesterday of her relief at ‘not seeing four’ beside her name, but Toni Shaw had to settle for fourth place in a highly competitive S9 100m freestyle final on day four of the Para Swimming World Championships, taking place in Madeira.

Shaw secured a centre lane after a strong heat swim, but the University of Stirling student was just edged out of medals despite finishing strongly in a time of 1:03.52. Gold went to Paralympic bronze medallist for the event, Mariana Ribeiro of Brazil in 1:03.04 with Emily Beecroft of Australia, charging into the wall to take silver in 1:03.35. Sarai Gascon of Spain, who won silver for the event at last year’s Paralympics was pushed back into bronze in 1:03.40.

Speaking after the race, a disappointed Shaw said,

“Obviously to come fourth by just 0.1 is very difficult. I’ve another race tomorrow so I just have to put it out my mind and go for it tomorrow.

“S9 is a really competitive class and that’s obviously a good thing as it shows there will be lots of good races in Paris. I’ll keep working hard so I don’t come fourth again.”

For the first time, GBR fielded a mixed 4x100m medley 49 pts team, featuring Matthew Redfern, Becky Redfern, Stephen Clegg and Scarlett Humphrey. The quartet finished fourth behind Brazil (Gold), Spain (Silver) and Japan (Bronze), and said of their performance,

Matthew Redfern: “I was nervous last night and going into this morning but I was really happy with how it went, and as a team I think we did admirably, it was a really good effort from everyone.

Becky Redfern: “I think this is the most excited I’ve been all week. Just to be in a relay is amazing but to take over from my brother is a bit unreal as well.”

Stephen Clegg: “This is the first time this team has been together as a quad. There’s loads of room to come, we’ve got Scarlett and her twin sister, who are young emerging talent who will drop loads of time in the next two years. I think they’ll be our secret weapon come Paris. It’s a shame to miss out on a medal but we can’t find fault with ourselves too much. Relay teams take time to build up a relationship with each other and they get better each time you race.”

Scarlett Humphrey: “It is such a good experience. I’ve never done a relay before. It’s exciting to be part of and great for GB to have a 49pt relay team.”

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

Details on all GBR results can be found here.