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Steph Millward sets 400 Free marker on day five

7 July 2011

Defending champion Stephanie Millward led a trio of British challengers into the S10 400m Freestyle final in the morning session of day five at the IPC Swimming European Championships.

The European record holder set out to make an impression in her heat, dominating from gun to wall before powering home to touch in 4:50.84.

Defending silver medallist Louise Watkin (5:00.09) will be in the medal hunt again after progressing in third while 18-year old Lauren Steadman (5:00.12) was fourth fastest.

British record holder Graham Edmunds comfortably won his heat to qualify second fastest for the S10 50m Freestyle.

The 36-year old touched in 25.85 with 400m champion Rob Welbourn (26.26) qualifying fourth fastest.

International newcomer James Hollis set a personal best 26.86 and will be first reserve after setting the ninth fastest time.

Jim Anderson won his heat to book his place in the S2 100m Freestyle final.

The 17-time Paralympic medallist, who won 100m Freestyle bronze at last year’s IPC World Championships, finished in 2:31.12 to progress third fastest.

Two-time world champion James Crisp sealed a spot in tonight’s S9 400m Freestyle final.

The 28-year old – who won world championship bronze last year – left plenty in the tank, cruising home in 4:35.15 to progress.

Sean Fraser and Oliver Hynd progressed to tonight’s S8 100m Butterfly final in fifth and eighth respectively.

Fraser was just 0.07 off his pb as he touched in 1:06.35 while Hynd ducked more than a second under his previous best, qualifying in 1:08.42.

Finally, Emma Cattle clocked a personal best 30.73 to progress seventh fastest into tonight’s S10 50m Freestyle final.

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