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Paralympic champs break world records in Sheffield

25 November 2013

Paralympic champions Ellie Simmonds, Josef Craig and Jon Fox smashed their own world records at this weekend’s DSE National Short Course Championships in Sheffield.

Fox started the ball rolling in the opening session, slicing more than a second off his S7 world marker to take MC gold in 1:08.51 with Aaron Moores clocking an S12 British record 1:02.08 for silver and Oliver Hynd breaking the S7 British record as he finished fourth in 1:05.49.

Click here to download full results from the 2013 DSE National Short Course Championships.Craig (S7) set a 2.5 second WR in his favourite 400m Freestyle, touching in 4:34.88 for his second gold of the meet, having already won MC 100m Free gold with a PB 1:01.48.

The 16-year old enjoyed a meet to remember in Sheffield, claiming four MC gold medals in total with further victories in the 50m Free and 50m Butterfly, the latter in a British record 32.73.

Minutes after Craig’s world record, Simmonds beat her own S6 400m Free world marker by nearly five seconds, setting 5:27.58 to take MC bronze behind S14 pair Jessica-Jane Applegate (4:39.26) and Chloe Davies (4:39.94).

Great Britain’s Para-Swimmers showed their strength in depth ahead of next year’s IPC European Championships with a host of other swimmers breaking European and British records.

Susie Rodgers – who won five gold medals on her European debut in 2011 – opened her account with a European S7 100m Freestyle record in 1:11.61 then finished her meet with a BR 34.00 effort over 50m Free in the final session.

Having won a gold and two silvers on her international debut at this year’s IPC World Championships in Montreal, Steph Slater continued her form with one European record and one British record.

The 22-year old clocked 1:15.19 to slice more than three seconds off her own British S8 100m Individual Medley marker then touched just 0.32 seconds shy of Jessica Long’s S8 100m Butterfly world record as she set a European best 1:12.56.

Eleni Papadopoulos beat her own S10 European records in two events, setting new markers in the 100m Butterfly (1:10.05) and 100m Individual Medley (1:12.79).

World bronze medallist Tully Kearney lowered her S10 400m Freestyle European record to 4:40.36 while both she and Alice Tai ducked under the European S10 100m Backstroke marker in Sheffield.

Kearney lowered her PB to 1:09.78 while 14-year old Tai set the new record at 1:09.56.

It was a successful meet for S12 swimmers Hannah Russell and James Clegg who set four and three British records respectively while 16-year old Kahoru Harazawa (S10) and 35-year old Sascha Kindred both set two new British records each.

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