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Seven more medals on the fifth day of World Championships

04 Dec 2009 09:47

The British Disability Swimming Team powered by British Gas enjoyed another successful day at the IPC Swimming World Championships (25m) in Rio de Janeiro yesterday.

The team took a further seven medals and two world records on the fifth day of competition.

The British team claimed a one-two-three in the Women’s 100m Individual Medley (SM9) as Claire Cashmore swam to a new world record in 1:11.83 ahead of team mates Stephanie Milward (1:12.61) and Kate Grey (1:12.78).

Cashmore adds this gold to the two silver medals she has already won this week.

The women continued to impress as Eleanor Simmonds and Natalie Jones repeated their medal winning performances from Wednesday to take the gold and silver medals in the Women’s 100m Freestyle (S6). Simmonds knocked more than four seconds off the world record as she touched in 1:17.61 to claim her fifth gold of the meet ahead of Jones, whose 1:21.18 was also within the previous world record pace.

Matthew Walker’s time of 1:01.04 in the Men’s 100m Freestyle (S7) was enough to take the silver medal behind Australia’s Matthew John Levy as well as lowering David Roberts’ British record.

The Women’s 50m Freestyle (S9) saw Louise Watkin finish second behind new world record holder Irena Grazhdanova (RUS). Watkin’s time of 28.86 was enough to take the silver medal and new British record. Lauren Steadman also swam, her time of 30.82 saw the 16-year-old finish in eighth position.

Graham Edmunds swam in the Men’s 50m Freestyle (S10), touching in 24.51 earned the Paralympic gold medallist sixth place which he added to his seventh place finish in the Men’s 100m Individual Medley (SM10).

British record holder Francesca O’Connor’s 1:20.62 performance in the Women’s 100m Freestyle (S7) was enough to earn her sixth place.

The team now lie in fourth place overall on the medal table with 27 medals (11 gold, eight silver and eight bronze) as they head into the penultimate day of competition.


For further details contact Lauren Sanderson, British Swimming Media Assistant, on 01509 632236 or email lauren.sanderson@swimming.org.

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British Swimming is the National Governing Body for Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Open Water in Great Britain.  It is responsible internationally for the high performance representation of the sport. The members of British Swimming are the three Home Countries national governing bodies of England (ASA), Scotland (Scottish ASA) and Wales. (Welsh ASA)  British Swimming seeks to enable its athletes to achieve gold medal success at the Olympics, Paralympics, World Championships and Commonwealth Games.

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British Gas is Britain's favourite domestic energy supplier. As well as providing gas and electricity, it also installs and maintains central heating and gas appliances in millions of homes throughout the country. British Gas is very proud to be the principal partner of British Swimming and home countries: The ASA, Scottish Swimming and Swim Wales. British Gas is supporting the team's quest for medals on the world and Olympic stage - and giving as many people as possible the opportunity to learn to swim and use swimming as part of a healthy lifestyle. British Gas wants to ensure local pools remain at the heart of our communities. By using its expertise, it can help them reduce costs by being more energy efficient and safeguard the facilities for this and future generations. For more information visit www.britishgas.co.uk/swimming

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