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East Leeds ease to World relay record at Ponds Forge

The closing session of the ASA National Masters and Senior Age Group Championships 2015 at Ponds Forge in Sheffield saw East Leeds’ Men’s 120+ 4x50m Freestyle Relay team claim a world record.

The four man team from East Leeds of Paul Clemence, Joshua Spencer, Chris Knee and Alistair Crawford swam almost six seconds ahead of second place, touching 1:32.39 for the gold.

The three of us train together on a daily basis so that makes this world record all the more special.

Team captain, Paul Clemence, commented on the team performance: “It feels fantastic to break a World record, it makes all the hard work worthwhile.

“We all swim together regularly, we’re all Leeds boys, three of us train together on a daily basis, so that makes it all the more special.

“We never have any expectations we just come to the event and try and do the best race we can.”

Judith Hattle of Carlisle Aquatics took a European record in the Women’s 55/59yrs 200m Butterfly, swimming 2:42.04, over 40 seconds faster than her two rivals, also setting a British record in the process.

There were more British records in the 200m Fly, two of which were in the women’s events and two from the men’s. Kevin Smith of Newcastle took the 50/54yrs age group record in a time of 2:24.11, and Derek Parr of Otter took the 70/74yrs age group with 3:05.05.

Blackburn claims her second British record of the day

Stephanie Blakeburn took her second British record of the day, having lowered the 200m IM record in the previous session. The Billingham swimmer touched in 2:10.81 for gold in the 18/24yrs age group.

In the 25/29yrs age group for the same event, Robyn Le Freic of City of Cambridge claimed a new British record with 2:22.97.

Guildford City’s Michael Hodgson swam 1:07.13 in the Men’s 100m Breast to win the 45/49yrs age group and David Carteledge touched 1:13.97 in the 55/59yrs age group for the same event with both swimmers claiming British records.

Emma Gage, who over the summer lay claim to two World records at the World Masters Championships in Kazan, took a British record in the 50m Backstroke. The Trafford Metro swimmer touched in 30.14 in the 25-29yrs age group.

Michelle Ware and Jo Corben added to the tally of British Masters 50m Backstroke records in the 40/44yrs and 45/49yrs age groups respectively. Ware swam 31.52 for her gold medal and Corben swam 31.99 for her second British record of the day.

Full Results

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