Fox on form on opening day in Sheffield
26th June 2013
Paralympic champion Jonathan Fox showed imperious form on the opening day of the British Gas Swimming Championship as he prepares for the IPC World Championships in Montreal.
After breaking his own world record in this morning’s heats clocking 1.09.52, Newquay’s Fox was the strong favourite in the MC 100m Backstroke final this evening and won in a time of 1.09.82 (1002 points).
It would've been a world record if I hadn't swum so quickly this morning so I can't be disappointed - Jon Fox
Jack Thomas (Swansea) took the siilver in a new S14 British Record of 1.04.33 (889 points) with Aaron Moores (S14) taking the bronze in 1.04.75 (872).
Fox said: "That was slower than I went this morning, but it was still fast,” said Fox. “It would’ve been a world record if I hadn’t swum so quickly this morning though so I can’t be disappointed.
“I’m concentrating on the World Championships now and training hard to go faster in Montreal.”
Stephanie Millward (S9) is also showing strong form taking the gold in the Women’s MC 100m Backstroke.
MIllward was just 0.06 out of her European record of 1.10.20 this morning and was narrowly outside it again this evening to finish in 1.10.29 (958 points).
“That was a wonderful swim, I haven’t swum like that for a long time,” said Millward. “My focus at the moment is training ahead of Montreal so I can go out there and swim well again.”
Sascha Kindred set a new S6 British Record of 1.10.97 (784 pnts) to take the bronze.
“I thought that was a really good performance,” said Craig. “It was a season;s best swim so far and that's important for me to see my times getting faster.
“It's definitely heading in the right direction just like it did at the Games last year.
“I’m desperate to get to the World Championships in Montreal and show what I'm capable of. I'm not rested here but that swim felt like I was rested.”
Hannah Russell took the gold in the MC100m Freestyle with a time of 1.01.33 (877 points). Amy Marren (S9) was second in 1.04.23 (860 points) with Susie Rodgers (S7) of Otter in third, touching in 1.13.71 (786 pnts)
Russell said: “I wanted to go faster from heats to finals. It wasn’t a PB but it was faster time than this morning so it went to plan.
“My preparation is going well, training has got very hard so I’m pleased to come here in the middle of a hard training week. Swimming so well in the 100m Free and the 50m Back has given me lots of confidence going forward.”
Finally, S5 swimmer Andrew Mullen was pleased with his time in the MC50m Backstroke final, clocking 40.78.
“I’m happpy with that swim,” he said, “especially at this point in the season. I’m unrested and untapered so that was a good swim.”