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Hannah Russell

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
Born Chertsey
Team/Club National Performance Centre / Guildford City
Coach Graeme Smith
Classification S12, SB12, SM12
A few months later, she reached her first international podium with 100m Backstroke silver and 100m Butterfly bronze at the IPC European Championships in Berlin.

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.

Personal Best

Event Time Year Record
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 1:08.29 2014 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

International Competitions

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
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 100m Backstroke (S12) 2014 1:08.29 GOLD
  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

Domestic Events

Competition Event Year Time Medal/Position
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.


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