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Britain’s Masters show how it is done

19 Jun 2010
Day two of the British Gas Masters and Senior Age Group Championships 2010 saw more records set as some of Britain’s best swimmers took to the water in Glasgow.

Christine Porter’s efforts saw her break the Women’s 100m Freestyle (50-54 years) European record twice in one day.

Leading off the Barnet Copthall Women’s 4x100m Freestyle relay team, Porter touched in 1:04.84 to claim the new European record for the 100m Freestyle and help her team take victory. Later in the pool Porter showed it was no fluke as she matched the record in a close contest with Judith Hattle in the 50-54 years age category.

“It’s a fantastic end to a long day,” said Porter. “I broke it this morning which was great, so I was definitely not expecting to break it again.

“Training has been going really well. My coaches Ian and Neil are fantastic and we make a great team together.

 “Sadly I’m not going to the World Championships. My daughter will be starting university in America on a swimming scholarship so I’m going to be with her. I’m concentrating on [the British Gas ASA National Masters and Senior Age Group Championships in] Sheffield for the rest of the season.”

City of Chester’s Thomas Walker put in another good performance after setting a British record yesterday. The 75-year-old lowered the European record in the Men’s 200m Breaststroke, which had stood since 2000, touching in 3:31.23.

He also lowered British records in the Men’s 50m Breaststroke (75-79 years) with a time of 44.13 and knocked over eight seconds off the Men’s 100m Breaststroke record touching in 1:38.61.

“I was definitely hoping for the British record, but also looking to go a bit better than that,” said a delighted Walker.

“My training hasn’t been as good as I would have hoped as I broke one of my vertebrae so my times have been slower.

“I’ve got the World Championships coming up in Sweden later this year so I’m going to go back to training and hope to get my times a lot quicker for then.”

Judith Hattle claimed her second European record of the meet as she swam in the Women’s 200m Individual Medley. The 50-year-old, swimming for Hadrian Masters, got off to a very good start, turning almost seven seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

Maintaining a strong lead throughout Hattle touched the wall in 2:43.91 to take the title in the 50-54 years age group.

Later Hattle battled to take the gold medal in the 50m Butterfly in 31.71, just ahead of Barnet Copthall’s Christine Porter who took silver in 31.92.

World records were set in the Women’s 400m Freestyle Team events, new to the international competition scene. Spencer Swim Team took the 100+ years title in 4:26.80, Otter swam to the record in the 120+ years age group in 4:13.17 and Barnet Copthall got the 160+ years record with 4:43.67. Spencer’s 200+ years team touched in 4:59.63 to win and take the record and also took the 280+ years title with a time of 6:51.72.

Tomorrow sees the final day of competition at the Tollcross Leisure Centre where the swimmers will be competing for their final chance of a medal.

For full results please click here.

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