Hannah Russell claims second gold in Sheffield

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Hannah Russell (S12) took her second gold medal of the British Para-Swimming International Meet on the second day at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

The double Paralympic champion touched in 27.54 in the 50m Freestyle. This was just one hundredth of a second away from her time at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. She took the top spot on the podium with 931 BDP.

She beat Letticia Martinez of the USA who touched 31.54 to claim silver with 924 BDP and S Toshpulstova of Uzbekistan, who claimed bronze in a time of 28.08 (923 BDP).

Russell commented: “That was a great swim for me in the here and now, to pretty much match the swim I did in Rio in the final I can’t ask for much better.”

“It’s absolutely fantastic to have international rivals from around the world racing here in Sheffield and it really spurs me on!

“The next major competition for me is the Worlds in Mexico later in the year but first will be the qualification meet back here in the summer.”

Wylie takes victory in Men’s 50m Free

Paralympic champion in the 50m Free Matt Wylie (S9) secured victory in the Men’s MC 50m Free. The Sunderland-based swimmer took gold after making it to the wall in a time of 26.31 (871 BDP).

He was followed by Uzbekistan’s Muzaffar Tursunkhujase (S13) who touched in 24.40 for silver (859 BDP). Yesterday’s 100m Free champion Lewis White of City of Derby took the bronze with 26.61 (842 BDP).

Wylie commented: “I’m pretty happy with that,” Wylie said. “The time was pretty good. The way I swam the race was different. I’m trying to move that race on.

“I’m not rested completely for this event. This morning I swam my usual race profile, exactly the same to how I swam in Rio. Tonight I tried to do it differently. I’m experimenting and seeing how I get that race perfect for Tokyo.”

Hynd takes silver in 200m IM

Nova Centurion swimmer Ollie Hynd (SM8) missed out on gold in the Men’s MC 200m Individual Medley. Hynd was just behind Uzbekistan’s Dmitriy Horlin, who claimed the title with 888 BDP for his time of 2:16.14. Hynd touched in 2:25.71 for 887 BDP.

Maisie Summers-Newton (SM6) of Northampton also made her way onto the podium on day two, claiming bronze in the women’s MC 200m IM. The 14-year old touched the wall in a time of 3:05.49 to score 910 BDP, a new personal best time.

  • Click here to view full results from the British Para-Swimming International Meet 2017.