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Walker claims sprint titles in Sheffield

25th November 2012

Matthew Walker scooped two individual golds to bring the 2012 DSE National Short Course Championships to a close at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

The 12-time Paralympic medallist (S7) won the opening event of the day, clocking 33.85 in the 50m Butterfly before adding the 50m Freestyle title in 28.70 later in the session.

While Walker took gold in the S1 – S10 category, Ben Procter broke his own S14 British record to claim the honours in the S11 – S14 category.

The Manchester HPC swimmer, who won three golds on the opening day in Sheffield, set 25.47 for victory, lowering his old British mark of 25.60 set at the same competition three years ago.

Jessica-Jane Applegate and Jack Bridge also lowered their own British records en route to gold medals.

Applegate set 27.99 to beat her S14 British 50m Freestyle record and take her fourth title of the meet while Bridge chipped more than two seconds from his own SB9 100m Breaststroke record with gold in 1:09.09.

There were also British records for James Clegg (S12 50m Freestyle – 25.64), Hannah Russell (S12 50m Freestyle – 27.81) and Andrew Mullen (SB4 100m Breaststroke – 1:50.68).

Finally, the meet represented legendary S4 swimmer Jim ‘the swim’ Anderson’s final competitive event.

The 49-year old has been a stalwart of the British Disability Swimming team for the past 20 years, scooping 17 medals from the past six Paralympics including a memorable four golds at Athens 2000.

All the best to Jim ‘the swim’ for the future.

  • CLICK HERE to view the full results from Sheffield.
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