Tuesday, June 14, 2022

World Championships bronze for Shaw

Toni Shaw dug deep down the final 50m to power home to the bronze medal in the final of the S9 100m butterfly on day three of the World Para Swimming Championships in Madeira.

Shaw who trains at the University of Stirling finished fourth in the event at last year’s Paralympic Games in Tokyo, so was happy with her podium finish. She said,

“I’m really happy – I got a lot of fourths in Tokyo so to see ‘not a four’ next to my name, I was really happy.

“Some of the girls take the heats really easy so it’s quite hard to know who you’re actually going to be racing, it could be someone on the outside lane who is going to go like four seconds quicker, so you’ve just got to do your own race. I Know I went out too quick on that race and I paid for it in the last 25 but I’ll learn for the next time.”

Gold went to Zsofia Konkoly of Hungary (1:07.64 with Emily Beecroft (AUS) just pipping Shaw to silver in 1:09.35. Shaw’s time for bronze was 1:09.42.

Edinburgh University and stalwart of the GBR team, Scott Quin, was in action in his main event, the SB14 100m breaststroke. Finishing 6th overall, Quin was philosophical about his performance. He said,

“I struggled with that, I’m not going to lie, but just like Pater Pan when he’s trying to find his shadow, sometimes you just have to take a step back, and that’s me just now. Technically I’m feeling good, it’s just a few elements I feel I need to look at and review.

“I’ve been at this game long enough to know after a Parlaympics, you’re either going to carry your momentum on or you are going to plateau. I will go and review things and see if I can find some fairy dust and get back to where I want to be, and where I know I should be.”

Quin’s Edinburgh team-mate, Stephen Clegg, continued his busy schedule with the S12 50m freestyle. Clegg, who has so far won two World titles from two events, couldn’t quite match the speed of his rivals, and finished fifth. He said,

“I’m pleased with that. I wanted to go sub 25 as I’ve not done that all season. I had a couple of issues with my hip in the last 24 hours so think there will be more to come in the event once that settles down. Overall I’m pretty happy.”

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

Details on all GBR results can be found here.