World Record glory for Sascha Kindred
8 April 2011
Paralympic Champion Sascha Kindred broke his own SM6 world record in the men’s 200m Individual Medley on the first day of the British International Disability Swimming Championships.
Kindred impressed at the first qualification meet, the British Gas Swimming Championships, in Manchester and looked on good form in the heats this morning.
The 200m Individual Medley is one of Kindred’s main events and he showed no sign of nerves throughout, eventually touching home in a time of 2:41.99 to win the gold medal by over 60 points.
“The last four weeks training has been difficult because I’ve had an infection,” Kindred said. “So I wasn’t that confident coming into this meet. But I am really chuffed with my form on the night. I just managed to dip under that 2:42.”
Daniel Pepper (SM14) won silver in 2:20.71 with a total of 946 points and Ben Procter (SM14) took bronze with a total of 914 and a time of 2:22.32.
Meanwhile, Oliver Hynd – recently reclassified to an SM8 – finished in 2:31.48 to duck under the qualification time for the European Championships in a swim that showed his promise.
World champion and world record holder Jonathan Fox (S7) won silver in the men’s 100m Backstroke but swam just outside of his record in the final.
Fox touched in a time of 1:13.97 and took silver with a total of 920 points.
“It was a hard swim,” Fox said. “I have been struggling with flu all this week. I am happy with my form it was a bit slower than this morning but overall I’m happy. This competition is a swim through for me. I am doing a lot of high volume at the moment so my main aim is to enjoy the meet.”
Dutch swimmer Marc Evers (S14) won gold after securing 940 points with a time of 1:05.13 while the bronze medal went to Ben Procter (S14) with a total of 884 and a time of 1:06.48.
The women’s 100m Backstroke saw Stephanie Millward (S9) secure silver just behind Marlou Van Der Kulk (Netherlands) in what proved to be a close finish.
World champion Van Der Kulk (S14) finished in a time of 1:11.13 and took gold with a total of 943 points and Millward touched the wall in 1:11.74 and won silver with 901 points.
Kirsten Bruhn (S7, Germany) won the bronze with a time of 1:26.70 and secured 883 points.
Multi-Paralympian James Anderson (S2) secured the IPC European Championship qualification time in the men’s 50m Backstroke with a good swim in this evening’s final.
Anderson swam to silver with a time of 1:06.29 and was given a total of 865. Brazil’s Daniel Dias (S5) won gold with a total of 889 and a time of 36.44.
Bronze was won by Zul Amirul Sidi Abdula (S5, Malaysia) with a score of 586 points after touching the wall in 41.88.
World champion Matthew Walker (S7) swam to silver in the men’s 50m Freestyle after swimming well in the final and touching in a time of 28.33.
He won his medal with a total of 932 which was just 20 points behind gold which was won by Andre Esteves (S10, Brazil). He touched in 23.81 to win the race.
Brazil’s Daniel Dias S5 won the bronze with a time of 33.15 and a total of 922.
Natalie Massey (S14) won the bronze medal in the women’s 200m Individual Medley after touching in a time of 2:40.05 and securing a score of 880.
The final British senior medal was won by Fran Williamson (S3) who scooped 50m Backstroke bronze with a time of 1:07.13 and a total of 600 points.