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Hynd brothers set for Medley showdown

9 July 2011

Sam and Oliver Hynd will go for their second one-two of the Championships after winning their respective SM8 200m Individual Medley heats in the morning session of day seven at the IPC Swimming European Championships.

The brothers took gold and silver in the S8 400m Freestyle on day three in Berlin with Paralympic champion Sam occupying the top of the podium in that race.

But 16-year old Oliver was the fastest qualifier in the Medley heats, touching in 2:27.48 to miss his brother’s European record by 0.27 seconds.

Sam won his heat in 2:30.51 to progress while SB7 100m Breaststroke champion Thomas Young (2:40.43) will go for a medal from the outside lanes after squeezing into the final in eighth.

Jonathan Fox and Ellie Simmonds will both go for their third individual golds of the Championships after leading qualifiers in the S7 100m Freestyle and S6 100m Freestyle respectively

Fox has set world records en route to S7 400m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke golds already in Berlin and touched in a season’s best 1:04.76 to progress.

Meanwhile, Simmonds has set world records en route to S6 400m Freestyle and SM6 200m Individual Medley titles and cruised through in 1:20.49.

Natalie Jones joins Simmonds in the final after qualifying fifth fastest in 1:24.19.

The Men's 34pt 4x100m Medley Relay quartet booked lane four for tonight's final after qualifying fastest in 4:30.50.

The quartet of James Crisp, Jack Bridge, Oliver Hynd and Young set the marker in the heats for the British Gas GBR team.

Having won individual gold medals the past two days, Stephanie Millward will go for a hat-trick after progressing second fastest in the S9 100m Butterfly.

The defending champion clocked 1:13.59 to progress while Claire Cashmore was fifth fastest in 1:14.99.

James Hollis will chase his first international medal in the S10 100m Butterfly after qualifying third fastest.

The 17-year old was 0.34 off Jody Cundy’s British record as he clocked a personal best 1:00.53 to progress with S10 400m Freestyle champion Rob Welbourn seventh fastest in 1:02.93.

S10 50m Freestyle bronze medallist Graham Edmunds will be second reserve after setting a season’s best 1:05.72 to finish tenth fastest overall.

Hannah Russell broke her own British record to reach the S12 100m Freestyle final third fastest in 1:04.61 while Jim Anderson was third fastest into the S2 50m Backstroke final in 1:07.50.

Simon Miller narrowly missed out on the S9 100m Butterfly final, finishing sixth in his heat and 11th overall after touching in 1:08.62.

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