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Final Day at World Championships sees more medals for Britain

06 Dec 2009 10:10

The British Disability Swimming Team, powered by British Gas, rounded off their IPC Swimming World Championship (25m) campaign in style yesterday with a further nine medals to add to their collection from Rio de Janeiro.

Elizabeth Johnson claimed a new world record in the Women’s 100m Breaststroke SB6 as she swam to the gold in 1:38.82. Australia’s Katrina Porter took silver in a time of 1:53.40 with bronze going to Norway’s Marianne Maeland in 1:53.46.

The Women’s 100m Freestyle S9 saw the British team claim first and third place finishes for Stephanie Milward and Louise Watkin. Milward touched in 1:01.95 to earn her the World Championship title and British record while Watkin narrowly missed claiming silver after touching in 1:02.50, six-hundredths of a second behind Spain’s Saral Gascon Moreno. Lauren Steadman also made the final; her time of 1:05.27 was enough to earn her seventh position.

Rhiannon Henry broke her own British record in the Women’s 100m Freestyle S13 with a gold medal winning time of 1:00.02. Henry beat Australia’s Prudence Watt and Telgan Anne Van Roosmalen into silver and bronze respectively.

The Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay 34pts saw Britain take the World Championship title along with a new world record. The quartet of Stephanie Milward, Claire Cashmore, Elizabeth Simpkin and Eleanor Simmonds finished the race in 4:56.23 to take gold ahead of Russia and France.

Sascha Kindred and Thomas Young finished the Men’s 100m Breaststroke SB7 in silver and bronze place behind Australia’s Blake John Cochrane. In a world record-setting race Kindred’s silver medal was earned in a time of 1:22.48 with Young touching for bronze in 1:25.38.

Sam Hynd added to his medal collection with a silver in the Men’s 200m Individual Medley SM8. Hynd touched in 2:24.31 to take second place behind Australia’s Peter Leek whose time of 2:20.38 was enough to claim a new world record.

The bronze medal went to Matthew Walker as he swam in the Men’s 50m Butterfly S7. Walker claimed a new British record in 32.18, touching behind Australian Matthew John Levy’s world record (31.70) and Russia’s Ruslan Sadvakasov in silver.

The Men’s 100m Freestyle S10 saw Britons Graham Edmunds and Robert Welbourne in the final where they finished in fifth and seventh place respectively.

The British Disability Swimming Team, powered by British Gas, won a total of 46 medals over the seven days of competition in Rio de Janeiro to end the Championships in fifth place on the medal table.

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For further details contact Lauren Sanderson, British Swimming Media Assistant, on 01509 632236 or email lauren.sanderson@swimming.org.

About British Swimming
British Swimming is the National Governing Body for Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Open Water in Great Britain.  It is responsible internationally for the high performance representation of the sport. The members of British Swimming are the three Home Countries national governing bodies of England (ASA), Scotland (Scottish ASA) and Wales. (Welsh ASA)  British Swimming seeks to enable its athletes to achieve gold medal success at the Olympics, Paralympics, World Championships and Commonwealth Games.

About British Gas
British Gas is Britain's favourite domestic energy supplier. As well as providing gas and electricity, it also installs and maintains central heating and gas appliances in millions of homes throughout the country. British Gas is very proud to be the principal partner of British Swimming and home countries: The ASA, Scottish Swimming and Swim Wales. British Gas is supporting the team's quest for medals on the world and Olympic stage - and giving as many people as possible the opportunity to learn to swim and use swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle. British Gas wants to ensure local pools remain at the heart of our communities. By using its expertise, it can help them reduce costs by being more energy efficient and safeguard the facilities for this and future generations. For more information visit www.britishgas.co.uk/swimming

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