Watkin makes waves on day two at Ponds Forge
18th July 2012
Paralympian Louise Watkin showed class on day two in Sheffield claiming gold in the MC 50m Freestyle.
City of Salford swimmer Watkin, who competes in the S9 category, took to the pool for her first event of the competition finishing just 0.3 seconds outside her lifetime best to secure the win in 29.64.
S12 swimmer Hannah Russell (Guildford City) clinched her second medal of the meet racing to a silver medal winning time of 28.25 to place ahead of City of Peterborough’s Hannah Lee (S10), who snatched bronze in 30.15.
Russell (1:10.03) later added to her medal tally claiming bronze in the MC 100m Butterfly behind City of Manchester Aquatics teammates Rhiannon Henry (S13) and Eleni Papadopoulos (S10), who posted times of 1:07.58 and 1:14.82 respectively to seal the gold and silver medals.
Simon Miller (S9) took to the water next in the MC 50m Freestyle storming to the win in an impressive time of 27.43.
The Manchester Aquatics swimmer held off teammate Thomas Young (S8) who stole the silver medal in 28.85, with South Tyne’s Josef Craig racing to his second medal of the meet securing bronze in a time of 30.28.
In the final MC event of the night, City of Manchester Aquatics swimmer David Ellis (S13) came through to win gold in the 100m Butterfly final in a time of 1:01.31 – a new lifetime best.
Ellis was followed closely behind by East Lothian swimmer James Clegg (S12) who claimed silver in 1:02.14 and Carnegie’s Stefan Hoggan (S9) who took bronze in 1:04.92.