World record for Craig on Day Two
27th June 2013
Paralympic champion Josef Craig broke his own S7 world record to win MC 400m Freestyle gold on Day Two of the British Gas Swimming Championships 2013 in Sheffield.
The 16-year-old from Tyneside beat his previous lifetime best to touch in 4.41.13 (1018 points).
I'm not fully rested for this event so to post that time is fantastic. I just went out hard but wasn't expecting that. - Josef Craig
“I've been around about my best time for a while and I wanted to push it on.
“Tonight felt the right time to do that and I'm glad because Jonathon Fox had an outstanding swim to dip under the old world record also.”
Jonathan Fox was also under Craig’s old world record as he set a five second lifetime best to take the silver in 4.42.54 (1003 points) while S8 Paralympic silver medallist Ollie Hynd was third in 4.31.13 (945 points).
Paralympic champion Jessica-Jane Applegate (Norwich) was also in record-breaking form, shaving 0.7 off her own S14 200m Freestyle British record to win gold in 2:11.47 (1071 points).
Fellow S14 swimmer Natallie Massey (Aquabears) took silver in 2.19.01 (906 points) and Perth’s Reagan Doig (S14) was third in 2.24.03 (815 points)
In the women’s MC 400m Freestyle final Hannah Russell won the gold in 4.40.89 (963 points).
The S12 Paralympic silver medallist looked comfortable and was pleased with her performance.
“I was really nervous this morning so I wanted to go faster tonight,” she said. “I wanted to work on my stroke length in that race and I'm pleased because it was a lot better in the final.
“It gives me massive confidence to do this in heavy training so that time is great.”
The silver medallist went to S10 British record holder Tully Kearney in 4.48.77 (847 points) with bronze going to Ellie Simmonds (S6), who touched in 5.44.89 (793).
Romford Town’s Amy Marren (S9) took the title in the MC 100m Butterfly final in a lifetime best of 1.11.10 (827 points).
She out-touched Claire Cashmore (S9) who won silver in 1.12.80 (770 points) and Gemma Almond (S10) who was third in 1.10.72 (756 points).
James Clegg (S12) of East Lothian topped the podium in the men’s MC 100m Butterfly final, touching in 1.00.13 (847 points) ahead of Loughborough University’s James Hollis (S10), who won silver in 1.00.32 (800 points).
Millfield’s Morgyn Peters (S9) was third in 1.05.49 (734 points).
Finally, Newquay’s Ben Procter won the gold in the Men’s MC 200m Freestyle final.
Proctor (S14) set a new lifetime best to win in 2.01.55 (953 points) ahead of Jack Thomas (S14) of Swansea University who also set a PB of 2.04.17 (894 points) to take silver and S14 swimmer Craig Rodgie (Edinburgh University) took the bronze in 2.04.43 (888 points).