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Millward wins first world title

01 Dec 2009 08:36

The British Gas Disability Team enjoyed another evening of success at the IPC Swimming World Championships (25m) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil after winning one gold and two bronze medals.

The British Gas team secured first and second place in the women’s SM9 200m Individual Medley after strong swims from Stephanie Millward and Claire Cashmore.
Millward took the race out hard from the start and she look powerful through the Backstroke leg but Cashmore began to catch her on the Breaststroke.
As the race entered the final 50m Cashmore had the lead but Millward’s Freestyle was too strong and she took the lead with just 25m to go.
Millward touched in a time of 2:33.18 and commented: “I really enjoyed it. I wasn’t feeling well earlier but I knew I just had to get in there tonight and do it. I was slightly disappointed with the Butterfly yesterday but it made me hungry for success today.
“I am pleased to have a gold under my belt before the Backstroke. My coach said to push the race on my Backstroke and my Breaststroke which are my best and worst strokes and it worked to plan tonight.”
Cashmore touched in 2:34.35 to win the silver medal and Australia’s Ellie Cole won the bronze in 2:36.01. Louise Watkin finished in fifth in a time of 2:38.83.
Natalie Jones went into the women’s S6 50m Butterfly ranked in third place and swam a good race to win the bronze medal and break the British record.
It was close at the turn with Russia’s Anastasia Diodorova, Casey Johnson (America) and Jones all swimming stroke for stroke.
After the turn it was Diodorova that took advantage and moved into the lead. Johnson pulled away from Jones as the British Gas swimmer touched in 41.40 to win the bronze in a new British record time.
Diodorova won the gold in a new world record time of 38.86 and Johnson won silver in 40.67.
Sam Hynd, who lowered the world record in the heat of the men’s SM8 100m Individual Medley, went into the final knowing the fight for a medal would be tough.
Hynd missed his first turn and battled through the final 100m to pull himself up through the field. He moved from fifth place to third and secured the bronze in a time of 1:08.16.
Gold went to Peter Leek (Australia) in a new world record time of 1:04.66 and Australia’s Blake Cochrane won the silver in 1:07.92.
British Gas swimmer Thomas Young finished in sixth place in a time of 1:12.94.
The men’s SM9 200m Individual Medley saw David Hill lower his personal best time on his way to fifth place after touching in 2:23.93.
Thomas Young took fifth place in the men’s S8 50m Freestyle in a time of 28.72.
Head Coach Lars Humer commented: “There were some good swims tonight and we saw personal bests which is always our aim. Although we didn’t have athletes in a lot of the races because of the small team we have out here. But everyone that was competing reached their finals.
“I have been pleased with the start that we have made to the competition. It is a slower start than at previous competitions but that is down to the programme of events and our smaller team but we are taking our chances when we are racing.”
For further details contact British Swimming Media Officer Gemma Field on 01509 632238, 07917 726431 or email gemma.field@swimming.org
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British Swimming is the National Governing Body for Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Open Water in Great Britain.  It is responsible internationally for the high performance representation of the sport. The members of British Swimming are the three Home Countries national governing bodies of England (ASA), Scotland (Scottish ASA) and Wales. (Welsh ASA)  British Swimming seeks to enable its athletes to achieve gold medal success at the Olympics, Paralympics, World Championships and Commonwealth Games.
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