Brits win golden hat-trick on final day in DublinAugust 19, 2018
England’s para-swimmers secured a hat-trick of golds for the British team on the final day of the Para-Swimming European Championships in Dublin.
Paralympic champions Mikey Jones and Bethany Firth won individual titles before the women’s 34pt 4x100m Medley Relay landed gold in the final event of the meet.
Jones took the touch in a thrilling S7 400m Freestyle final, beating Israel’s Mark Malyar by just 0.15 seconds.
Teenager Malyar took the race out, establishing a 1.2 second lead over Jones after 150m.
But the English swimmer gradually cut into the Israeli’s lead, edging ahead in the seventh of eight laps before narrowly holding on to add the European crown to his Paralympic title in 4:48.54.
Firth bags fifth medal of European Championships
While Jones was claiming his first medal of the week, Firth collected her fifth – and third gold.
The Newcastle swimmer led home a British clean sweep of the podium places to win SM14 200m Individual Medley gold in 2:22.82.
The victory added to her titles in the 100m Backstroke and 200m Freestyle.
Having won the 100m Butterfly title 24 hours earlier, Jessica-Jane Applegate landed her third silver of the competition in a PB 2:25.01, while 100m Breaststroke champion Louise Fiddes was third in a PB 2:26.49.
Alice Tai, Maisie Summers-Newton and Zara Mullooly teamed up with Scotland’s Toni Shaw to complete a comfortable victory in the 34pt 4x100m Medley Relay.
S8 swimmer Tai, who swam in the Paralympic winning quartet in Rio two years ago, led the British team off.
Summers-Newton, Shaw, then finally Mullooly saw the team home in 4:54.63 – finishing more than 10 seconds clear of silver medallists Spain.
Mullooly sets British record for freestyle bronze
Mullooly also lifted an individual prize on the final day in Dublin, claiming bronze in a thrilling S10 100m Freestyle final.
The Netherlands’ 50m Free champion Chantalle Zijderveld ultimately completed the sprint double in 1:01.21.
France’s Elodie Lorandi came home 0.1 second behind with 15-year old Mullooly just 0.01 second back in third, clocking a British record 1:01.32.
There was also a silver for Ellie Robinson and bronze for Tom Hamer as England’s top para-swimmers finished the meet in style.
Robinson was second best in the S6 100m Freestyle, touching in 1:13.46, while Hamer clocked 2:14.62 to finish third in the SM14 200m Individual Medley.