Simmonds and Kindred lower world records as Brits continue to shine
The British Disability Swimming Team, powered by British Gas, continued to make their mark on the top level of the sport as they secured another nine medals in Eindhoven at the IPC Swimming World Championships.
The third day of competition saw the British Team, powered by British Gas, impress with seven gold medals and the British athletes followed that up with four more golds in the pool this evening.
Double Paralympic Champion Eleanor Simmonds won her third world title on day four in the women’s SM6 200m Individual Medley.
Simmonds lay in sixth place at the 100m point and knew that she had to stay with the leaders in order to be in contention for success in the race.
Through the Breaststroke leg Simmonds managed to use her skill to move up to third place and in the final 50m she impressed the crowd with her speed.
Simmonds powered through her Freestyle and took two seconds off the world record when she touched home in 3:09.24.
“That race was so hard,” Simmonds said. “I was so nervous before the race because I really wanted to go and win and get the record.
“I am really happy to be on top of the podium again. I went into it thinking that it was going to need a world record to win that race and to do that is great.”
Germany’s Verena Schott followed Simmonds home and finished in 3:10.96 and Brit Natalie Jones won bronze in 3:11.12.
Multi Paralympic Champion Sascha Kindred went into his main event with confidence after qualifying fastest for the SM6 200m Individual Medley.
He started his race with a powerful Butterfly leg and got ahead of Yuanrun Yang (China) at the 25m mark. Kindred kept his cool throughout and his experienced ensured that he was in a good position to break his own world record.
Kindred touched in a time of 2:42.18 to win the gold medal and lower the world record.
“I wanted that record tonight,” Kindred said. “It was a good race and I am happy to have got in and come away with the gold medal and the record.
“I have been involved in the sport for so long but I love what I am doing and not many people can say that they do what they love. I have been undefeated in the race since 1999 and I am really happy to have continued my success here.”
After Kindred’s dominance Yang was made to settle for silver in 2:47.48 and Iaroslav Semenenko (Ukraine) claimed bronze in 2:53.20. Matthew Whorwood finished in fourth in 2:55.37.
Jonathan Fox got off to an explosive start in the men’s S7 100m Backstroke on his way to his first World Championship gold medal.
Fox took advantage of his strong start to move into the lead at an early stage and with his turn he moved further into the lead and won with a new world record time of 1:11.94.
“World Champion sounds really good to me,” Fox said. “I wanted that world record so much and I just went into the race hungry for it. I went into this meet wanting success and I am happy with how my racing has gone.”
Silver went to Mihovil Spanja (Croatia) in a time of 1:12.86 and bronze was won by Lantz Lamback (USA) in 1:13.23.
World Championship first timer Daniel Pepper took to the final of the men’s S14 100m Breaststroke ranked in first place.
Pepper got his race off to an excellent start and he turned in first place with almost a one second lead. Australian Richard Eliason began to chase down Pepper in the final 50m but the Brit held on and took the victory with a strong finish.
Pepper won in a time of 1:11.08 and commented after the race: “I saw him just outside of me and so I kept my head down and did what my coach told me to do. It wasn’t the best time but I so happy to be World Champion.”
Eliason won silver with a time of 1:11.48 and bronze went to Yasuhiro Tanaka in 1:11.71.
Stephanie Millward took her third medal of the competition after winning silver in the women’s S9 400m Freestyle.
Millward kept on Natalie Du Toit’s shoulder throughout the race but Du Toit’s speed took her too far into the lead for Millward and the Brit took silver in a time of 4:47.04.
Robert Welbourn added to his medal tally with bronze in the S10 400m Freestyle with a gutsy swim. He kept a good pace throughout the event and touched in a time of 4:13.18.
The men’s S9 400m Freestyle saw James Crisp take home the bronze medal after completing a strong performance and finishing in a time of 4:21.52.
The men’s S2 50m Backstroke saw James Anderson win bronze in a time of 1:08.67 with a well planned race.
Eleni Papadopoulos finished in fourth place with a time of 5:01.44 in the S10 400m Freestyle. Rhiannon Henry just missed out on her second medal of the competition after finishing in fourth place in the S13 50m Freestyle with a time of 28.52.
The women’s S14 100m Breaststroke saw Natalie Massey finish in sixth place in 1:27.67.
National Performance Director John Atkinson has been pleased with the British athletes’ performances and commented: “I think that nine medals on day four with another four gold medals showed that the British Team, powered by British Gas, continued as they left off on day three of the competition.
“Sascha Kindred broke his own world record and won gold in the 200m Individual Medley and to see him maintain his record of being undefeated in the event since 1999 was great.
“Eleanor Simmonds followed up her success with her third individual gold medal of the competition in a fantastic race which saw two Brits on the podium with Natalie Jones standing beside Eleanor.
“Daniel Pepper, who is competing at his first World Championships, winning gold in the 100m Breaststroke and Jonathan Fox winning gold in the 100m Backstroke also did their part for the team as they pushed our gold medal tally to 12.”