Medal Haul secured by British Gas team
02 Dec 2009 17:09
The British Gas Disability Swimming Team that are currently competing at the IPC Swimming World Championships (25m) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil were celebrating another medal haul of four gold, five silver and two bronze medals.
Sascha Kindred lowered his own world record on his way to victory in the men’s SM6 100m Individual Medley to put his competition medal tally at two gold medals.
Kindred, who won gold in the 200m Individual Medley yesterday, got off to an aggressive start and went straight into the lead.
The multi-Paralympic gold medallist extended his lead and touched in a time of 1:14.67 to take a second off his world record.
“That was much better than yesterday although it was tough tonight,” Kindred said. “Breaking the 1:15 barrier has been an aim of mine for some time and I am chuffed to have done that in these conditions.
“I still have half the meet left but I have two gold medals under my belt and I think the competition is going to plan so far.”
Silver went to Anders Ollson (Sweden) in 1:21.40 and Tadhg Slattery (South Africa) won bronze in a time of 1:25.48.
Eleanor Simmonds won her fourth gold medal of the competition in the women’s S6 50m Freestyle and took a second off the world record.
Simmonds timed her race perfectly but was pushed all the way by team-mate Natalie Jones and the double Paralympic Champion touched home in a time of 36.68 to win the gold.
“That race was ok for me,” Simmonds said. “I just wanted to get in there and race hard and it was great. I did want to go faster but it didn’t happen tonight.”
Jones won the silver in 37.68 and the bronze was won by Sarah Rung (Norway) in a time of 40.56.
The men’s S7 50m Freestyle saw Matthew Walker lower the world record after touching for gold in a time of 27.28.
Walker started the race excellently and turned in the lead. He showed a strong back end to the race to win the gold.
“That was a great swim,” Walker said. “It really makes up for Sheffield last week where I was disqualified but that is in the past.
“I am a sprinter and it was tough with some of the swimmers being re-classified but I did it and it is great.”
Matthew Levy won the silver in a time of 28.03 and the bronze went to Wagner Silva in 30.98.
The British Gas team claimed all of the podium places in the women’s SM6 100m Individual Medley. It is the second time in the competition that Natalie Jones, Eleanor Simmonds and Elizabeth Johnson have shared the honours.
Jones got off to the best start of the British athletes but turned in second place behind Anastasia Diodorova (Russia) at the 25m mark. Jones looked in a strong position throughout the race and she turned in first place for the final 25m.
Simmonds was closing on her as the race entered the Freestyle leg but Jones hung on and touched in a time of 1:30.85 to win the gold.
“I am feeling pretty good right now,” Jones said. “I am really pleased to have won gold tonight. I knew I had to work hard in that race and I just pushed myself.
“I know I am in good shape because I have worked really hard on my fitness throughout the year and I am so happy that it has paid off.”
Simmonds won silver in 1:31.59 and Johnson saw off Diodorova to win the bronze in 1:32.69.
Stephanie Millward took silver in the women’s S9 400m Freestyle in a race that saw the world record broken. Millward touched in a time of 4:39.18 to win her medal and break the European and British record.
Stephanie Dixon (Canada) won the gold in the new world record time of 4:38.84 and Ellie Cole (Australia) won bronze in 4:42.48. British Gas swimmer Elizabeth Simpkin finished in eighth place in a time of 5:07.14.
The men’s S10 400m Freestyle saw Robert Welbourn win silver in a time of 4:02.76 to lower the European and British record. Gold went to Andre Esteves in a new world record time of 3:54.54 and bronze was taken by America’s Joe Wise in 4:07.99.
Claire Cashmore claimed silver in the women’s SB8 100m Breaststroke after putting in a strong performance. Cashmore touched in 1:19.96 to take the British record and second place behind Olesya Vladykina (Russia) who touched in 1:15.54. Bronze went to Paulina Wozniak in 1:21.69.
Matthew Walker won bronze in the men’s 100m Individual Medley after finishing in a time of 1:15.20. Gold was won by Matthew Levy (Australia) in a new world record time of 1:11.32. Mihovil Spanja (Croatia) won silver in 1:13.40.
The men’s SB8 100m Breaststroke saw Sam Hynd finish in fourth place in a time of 1:13.44.
Fran O’Connor finished in seventh place in the women’s S7 50m Freestyle in a time of 37.25.
Performance Analyst Joe Taylor commented: “It has been another successful day for the team tonight. We had some great performances which led to four gold medals.
“The team have been competing well and seeing a full podium was great. Also, seeing Matt’s reaction at the end of his race was inspiring for the whole team.”
For further details contact British Swimming Media Officer Gemma Field on 01509 632238, 07917 726431 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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