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Russell steals show with British record in Sheffield

17th July 2012

Hannah Russell claimed gold in the MC 400m Freestyle at Sheffield on day one at the 2012 British Gas ASA Youth Nationals.

In one of the biggest events of the night for the disability swimmers, Russell (Guildford City) smashed her S12 British record by more than two seconds to win the title in 4:44.75.

Double Paralympic champion and Swansea Performance swimmer Eleanor Simmonds (S6) took the silver medal with a time of 5:39.21 while City of Oxford’s Rosie Bancroft (S10) claimed bronze in a time of 4:53.58.

The first multi-disability finals of the night saw swimmers battle it out in the 200m Freestyle.

Chloe Davies (Trowbridge, S14) snatched the gold medal in the women’s final with a time of 2:19.73.

The silver medal went to Borough of Barnsley swimmer Chloe Selman (S14) in 2:24.74 while the bronze medal was clinched by Perth City’s Reagan Doig (S14) in 2:27.69.

London 2012 Paralympian Craig Rodgie (Edinburgh Uni, S14) clinched first in the men’s final with a time of 2:08.27,

In a nail biting finishSwansea Performance swimmer Jack Thomas (S14) touched just behind Rodgie in a time of 2:08.34.

Another S14 swimmer, Newquay’s Joseph Schenk claimed bronze in 2:09.57.

The last MC event of the day saw brothers Oliver and Sam Hynd fight it out for first and second spot in the Men’s 400m Freestyle.

While he qualified second fastest, Oliver (Nova Centurion, S8) ultimately stole in for gold in the final in 4:30.83 with Sam (Swansea Performance, S8) second in 4:32.26.

South Tyne swimmer Josef Craig (S7) took the bronze medal in a time of 4:58.93.

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