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Massey storms to world record

Natalie Massey broke the S14 world record in the 400m Freestyle on the final day of competition at the British International Disability Swimming Championships in Sheffield.

The Manchester-based swimmer lowered the European record in this morning’s heats and knew she wanted to make an impact in the final.

She paced herself excellently through the first 200m and showed her strong back end to bring the race home in a time of 4:44.48.

She won gold with a total of 1008 points and after her race commented: “I am really pleased with that swim. I'm shocked because I'm in dead heavy training. Once I'd got the European record this morning I knew I had the World record in me too.

“Doing the 400m Free really helps with my 200m because I can pace it and see what I'm doing. This has really given me confidence for the Europeans now.”

Eleanor Simmonds (S6) put in a strong performance to swim close to her world record after touching in a time of 5:29.59 she won silver with 982 points. Bronze went to Mirjam De Koning-Peper (S6) with a time of 5:42.13 and 878 points.

Massey’s club-mate Jonathan Fox (S7) has been enjoying a successful competition in Sheffield after swimming to silver in the 100m Backstroke and this evening he swam to victory in the men’s 400m Freestyle.

Fox swam an excellent race in the final and touched in a time of 4:52.13 and took the number one position on the podium with a total of 952.

“That time was a bit of from Manchester but it is ok after being ill,” Fox said. “I really didn't expect to go that fast.

“I have got the time in my two main events, the 100m Back and this, and I think I have had two good meets.

“My aim in that event is to get to the world record. I'm a few seconds off but I think it'll come down.”

Sam Hynd (S8) won the silver with a time of 4:31.85 and a total of 938 points and bronze went to Rob Welbourn (S10) with 921 points and a time of 4:10.95.

Natalie Jones and Susie Rodgers lowered the British records in the 50m Butterfly after storming towards the wall.

Jones knocked the S6 British record to 41.46 and took the gold with a score of 797. Rodgers lowered the S7 record to 38.61 and finished in second place with 712 points.

Liz Johnson (S6) won the bronze with a time of 45.13 and a total of 618.

The 200m Freestyle saw Ben Procter (S14) secure his second gold medal of the competition and also securing the qualification time for the European Championships.

Procter touched in a time of 2:02.91 and won the gold with a total of 965 points. Marc Evers (S14, Netherlands) won the silver with a total of 911 and a time of 2:05.28.

Daniel Dias (S5, Brazil) won the bronze with 861 points and a time of 2:34.00.

The women’s 100m Butterfly saw Claire Cashmore secure win the gold with a good swim that saw her swim just outside of the qualification time.

The S9 swimmer touched in a time of 1:13.89 and win gold in 737 points. Silver went to Eleni Papadopoulos (S10) with a score of 714 and a time of 1:16.16.

Pemilla Lindberg (S14, Sweden) won bronze with a total of 667 and a time of 1:19.73.

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