Hannah Russell broke through in the S12 visually impaired classification in 2011, winning MC 100m Backstroke bronze on her British Gas Swimming Championships debut in Manchester.
Hannah Russell Profile
|Date of Birth||5th August 1996|
|Team/Club||National Performance Centre / Guildford City|
|Classification||S12, SB12, SM12|
She made further improvement in 2012, winning her first British title in the MC 100m Backstroke, setting her first world records with short course efforts over 100m Back and 400m Free, then confirming her qualification to London 2012 in five events.
Russell shone at her first Paralympic Games, kicking her campaign off with 400m Freestyle silver then adding bronzes over 100m Backstroke and 100m Butterfly.
In 2013, Russell landed her first international gold, topping the podium in the 100m Backstroke on her IPC World Championship debut in Montreal. She also scooped three silvers (50m Free, 100m Free, 100m Fly) and a bronze (400m Free) in Canada.
|Long Course S12 50m Freestyle||27.91||2013||BR|
|Long Course S12 100m Freestyle||1:00.88||2012||BR|
|Long Course S12 200m Freestyle||2:13.42||2013||BR|
|Long Course S12 400m Freestyle||4:38.60||2012||BR|
|Long Course S12 100m Backstroke||1:08.72||2013||BR|
|Long Course S12 50m Butterfly||32.07||2011||BR|
|Long Course S12 100m Butterfly||1:08.57||2012||BR|
|Long Course SM12 200m Individual Medley||2:36.61||2014||BR|
|Paralympic Games||50m Freestyle (S12)||2012||28.07||4th|
|100m Freestyle (S12)||1:02.38||6th|
|400m Freestyle (S12)||4:38.60||SILVER|
|100m Backstroke (S12)||1:10.15||BRONZE|
|100m Butterfly (S12)||1:08.57||BRONZE|
|IPC World Championships||50m Freestyle (S12)||2013||28.19||SILVER|
|100m Freestyle (S12)||1:01.08||SILVER|
|400m Freestyle (S12)||4:50.23||BRONZE|
|100m Backstroke (S12)||1:08.72||GOLD|
|100m Butterfly (S12)||1:09.42||SILVER|
|IPC European Championships||50m Freestyle (S12)||2011||29.04||5th|
|100m Freestyle (S12)||1:04.73||6th|
|400m Freestyle (S12)||4:51.35||4th|
|100m Backstroke (S12)||1:11.38||SILVER|
|100m Butterfly (S12)||1:11.83||BRONZE|
|British Championships||MC 50m Freestyle||2013||28.07||BRONZE|
|MC 100m Freestyle||1:01.03||GOLD|
|MC 400m Freestyle||4:40.89||GOLD|
|MC 100m Backstroke||1:09.65||SILVER|
|MC 50m Freestyle||2012||28.97||11th|
|MC 100m Freestyle||1:02.33||4th|
|MC 400m Freestyle||4:46.76||SILVER|
|MC 100m Backstroke||1:09.52||GOLD|
|MC 100m Butterfly||1:11.70||5th|
|MC 50m Freestyle||2011||29.76||8th|
|MC 100m Backstroke||1:14.21||BRONZE|
|MC 100m Butterfly||1:15.98||6th|
|British Para-Swimming International Meet||MC 50m Freestyle||2014||27.91||4th|
|MC 100m Freestyle||1:02.02||8th|
|MC 200m Individual Medley||2:38.17||8th|
|British International Disability Championships||MC 50m Freestyle||2013||27.91||SILVER|
|MC 100m Freestyle||1:01.25||SILVER|
|MC 400m Freestyle||4:42.51||GOLD|
|MC 100m Backstroke||1:10.07||4th|
|MC 100m Butterfly||1:12.17||8th|
|MC 100m Freestyle||2012||1:02.70||6th|
|MC 400m Freestyle||4:47.93||BRONZE|
|MC 100m Backstroke||1:10.32||8th|
|MC 100m Freestyle||2011||1:04.82||7th|
|MC 400m Freestyle||5:08.10||8th|
|MC 100m Backstroke||1:14.13||5th|
In the Pool
Favourite event: 100 Back.
Finest ever performance: 400m freestyle shortcourse at DSE Juniors - 1st World record achieved.
First senior international meet: Berlin International open April 2011.
Role models: Rebecca Adlington, Kelly Holmes, My friends at school.
Aspirations: To be the best I can be.
Out of the Pool
Tip for the top: Have no regrets and leave nothing to chance.
Life after swimming: Teaching children to swim.
Music: Rizzle kicks.
Describe yourself in three words: Caring, careful, considerate.
Would most like to meet: The person presenting the medals at the Paralympics.