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Sol Bressat doubles up for hat-trick on day four

Sol Bressat of Jersey Tigers claimed two para-swimming gold medals on day four of the Swim England National Summer Meet to add to his MC 200 IM gold on day two.

The 22-year-old swimmer began with the MC 200m Free title, just beating Chippenham’s James Edwards to the touch.

In a final made up entirely of S14 swimmers, Bressat touched in 2:14.63 (644 BDP) to top the podium. Edwards was just behind, taking silver with 2:14.82 (641 BDP). Third place went to City of Coventry’s Joshua Fairchild, bronze medallist in this event from 2015. He touched in 2:17.41 for 605 BDP.

Bressat commented: “I was so nervous. Getting that PB was a really good achievement. I’ve been training really hard.

“I just moved clubs last year and I’m really enjoying swimming and I hope to go to the Paralympics in Tokyo.”

Bressat returned to the pool later in the session as he powered to gold in the MC 100m Butterfly. It was not an easy win though, as Kingston-upon-Hull swimmer Liam Spence (S14) was hot on his heels.

Bressat took his second gold with just one hundredth of a second to spare. He touched in 1:07.50 for 667 BDP. Spence was denied his second gold, touching in 1:07.51 for silver. Salisbury’s Harry Wellington (S13) took bronze with a time of 1:02.29 (646 BDP).

Hartin claims two golds in women’s MC events

S14 swimmer Charlotte Hartin of Basildon Phoenix also took double gold win the women’s MC events.

She and Megan Neave of Derby were the only two swimmers in the MC 200m Free heat, and Hartin’s 2:28.40 effort was enough to secure her the gold. She was awarded 556 BDP.

Second place went to Neave, also in the S14 classification, for her time of 2:38.04 (461 BDP).

Hartin was in a similar situation in the MC 100m Butterfly, with just three swimmers in this race. She swam an impressive 1:15.07 to take her second gold with 719 BDP.

Second place went to Birmingham’s Ffion Butler. The S9 swimmer touched in 1:23.98 (501 BDP). S8 swimmer Hayley Milne of Grantham took her second bronze medal of the meet, this time clocking 1:31.85 (409 BDP) to complete the podium.

  • Click here to see full results from the Swim England National Summer Meet 2017.