Kindred sets European record in Manchester
9 March 2011
Six-time Paralympic champion Sascha Kindred (S6) sent a statement to the rest of Europe after setting a new European record in the 50m Butterfly at the British Gas Swimming Championships in Manchester.
Competing in one of his main events he looked confident as he entered the poolside and swam well to take victory with a points score of 872 after touching in 32.23.
“That was my first swim of the week so that was a good start,” said Kindred, having broken his previous European marker of 32.36 set at last year's IPC World Championships in Eindhoven.
“I’ve had a good taper so I really wanted to try and qualify. I’ve beaten the record so I can’t do more than that.”
Matthew Walker (S7) won the silver in a time of 32.93 and a score of 784. Bronze went to Sam Bradley (S7) in 36.41 and 580 points.
Natalie Jones (S6) won gold in the women’s 50m Butterfly after a storming swim that saw her just beat her British record by 0.01 seconds.
She won in 41.89 and 773 points and after commented: “To beat the record is amazing and sets me up for the rest of the week. It will be good to race against Ellie as she’s my biggest rival and I’m really looking forward to it."
Susannah Rodgers (S7) won silver in 690 points and a time of 39.01 and Jan Langton (S6) took bronze with a score of 571 and a time of 46.34.
IPC World champion Rhiannon Henry (S13) achieved the European Championships qualification time with a dominant swim in the final of the women’s MC 100m Butterfly.
Henry led from the start before touching home in 1:08.45 and securing 894 points. Stephanie Millward (S9) won the silver in 1:13.62 and a points score of 745. Eleni Papadopoulos (S10) took bronze with a score of 716 after touching in 1:16.08.
Paralympian Dave Ellis (S13) took the victory in the men’s 100m Butterfly with a good performance that saw him finish in a time of 1:03.39.
His time claimed him 738 points to give him the top spot. James Hollis (S10) won silver in 1:02.04 and 735 points and Rob Welbourn (S10) took bronze in 1:03.09 with a score of 699.