Fox on form with record-breaking meet
4th July 2012
Jonathan Fox boosted his confidence ahead of London 2012 with a record-breaking performance at the 2012 German Open in Berlin.
The world champion claimed two S7 world records as well as impressing with MC gold over his favourite 100m Backstroke.
Fox’s first record came in the opening day of the meet as he ducked under compatriot David Roberts’ old S7 200m Freestyle marker to touch fifth in 2:17.21.
The following day, he was at it again, slicing nearly half a minute off the old S7 800m Freestyle record to claim MC bronze in 10:01.21.
The Manchester Performance Centre swimmer finished his meet in style, clocking a season’s best 1:10.60 for MC 100m Backstroke gold in what is the second fastest time by an S7 swimmer, only bettered by his world record 1:10.45 from last year’s European Championships.
It was also a successful meet for double Olympic champion Ellie Simmonds (S6) who claimed two golds over 400m Freestyle and 200m Individual Medley.
The 17-year old touched in her second fastest time of the year to win MC 400m Freestyle gold in 5:30.19 while British teammate Natalie Massey (S14) came home for silver in 4:45.45.
Her second gold also made an impression as the Swansea Performance Centre swimmer clocked 3:10.89 for gold – nearly four seconds faster than any other SM6 swimmer has been this season.
British teammate and former Paralympic champion Natalie Jones is the second fastest in the world this year over SM6 200m Individual Medley and touched for MC bronze in 3:16.85.
Jones also struck gold in Berlin, winning the MC 400m Individual Medley in 6:49.78 ahead of Gemma Almond who took silver in 5:45.32.
Teenager Jessica-Jane Applegate enjoyed an encouraging meet as she claimed two golds and two bronze medals.
Having warmed up with MC 50m Freestyle bronze (29.01) and MC 100m Freestyle bronze (1:03.08) over the first two days, the 15-year old won her first gold later on the second day, clocking 31.00 for MC 50m Butterfly gold.
While those three events are on the Paralympic schedule for her S14 classification, Applegate is qualified for London 2012 over S14 100m Backstroke and 200m Freestyle and underlined her form to take her second gold of the meet in the latter.
Beating her own British record, Applegate won MC gold in 2:14.60 while teammate and fellow S14 swimmer Chloe Davies took nearly two seconds off her personal best for silver in 2:15.35.
Davies also impressed in her favoured backstroke events in Germany, setting a personal best 33.69 over 50m, breaking her own British record with a 1:10.44 effort in the 100m, and finally smashing her own British record by nearly three seconds, clocking 2:29.96 for bronze in the MC 200m.
Final British medals went to Jack Thomas, who set an S14 British record with his 2:22.38 for MC 200m Backstroke gold, and Ben Procter, who won MC 200m Freestyle silver in 2:03.81.