Robinson clocks British 50m Freestyle record in SheffieldJuly 30, 2016
Teenager Eleanor Robinson set a British record on day four of the 2016 British Summer Championships in Sheffield.
The 14-year old finished third overall in the MC 50m Free final, but her 35.14 effort was a new S6 record.
The achievement is a significant feather in Robinson’s cap, breaking one of four-time Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Simmonds’ long-standing markers.
Simmonds is a two-time IPC world champion in S6 50m Free, and set her PB of 35.23 to win silver at the 2014 IPC European Championships in Eindhoven.
But Robinson has been closing the gap in recent seasons, coming in to the Summer Champs off a PB 35.43 to win bronze on her IPC European Championship debut in Funchal, Portugal this season.
The Northampton swimmer will make her Paralympic debut in Rio this summer. She remains fourth in this year’s world rankings for S6 50m Free, but is second in the S6 50m Fly world rankings.
S12 world champion Hannah Russell took gold ahead of Robinson on the day, touching 0.13 seconds shy of her British record in 27.14.
Simmonds and Hynd claim MC 200m IM titles
While Simmonds’ PB was beaten in the 50m Free, she reigned supreme in the MC 200m Individual Medley earlier in the night.
The 21-year old won gold in 3:05.33 while former S9 world champion Amy Marren clocked her fastest time since 2014 with a 2:36.79 effort for silver.
Paralympic, world and European champion Ollie Hynd won the men’s MC 200m IM. The Nova Centurion clocked the fastest S8 time in the world this year to win in 2:23.30.
There was also an English champion in the men’s MC 50m Freestyle as Matt Wylie won gold. The City of Sunderland touched 0.32 shy of his British record in 26.01.
- Click here to view results from the 2016 British Summer Championships in Sheffield.