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British para-swimmers enjoy record-breaking day at World Series in Berlin

Swimming News

Great Britain’s swimmers broke European and world records on a successful opening day at the Para Swimming World Series finale in Berlin.

Brock Whiston, of Barking and Dagenham Aquatics Club, won silver in the multi-class Women’s 100m Breaststroke final, touching the wall in an SB8 world record time of 1:14.41.

Whiston, who had initially broken the world record in the heats, looks in fine form as she builds towards her World Championships debut in Korea later this year.

“Even in the swim down pool, in warm ups, I feel faster than I’ve ever felt,” she said.

“I’ve got a new mindset now and being on the GB team has really helped.”

She was joined on the podium by Northampton Swimming Club’s Maisie Summers-Newton, who won bronze in 1:33.49 to set a new SB6 European record.

That result continues a standout season for Summers-Newton, who was shortlisted for the International Paralympic Committee’s athlete of the month award in April, having set a new 200m Individual Medley world record at the World Series in Glasgow.

Tai doubles up in stunning evening

Alice Tai’s stellar season got even better as she won gold and silver to add to her increasing international medal haul.

The Ealing SC swimmer set a new S8 European record of 2:17.93 to finish second in the multi class Women’s 200m Freestyle final.

Tai returned to the pool just minutes later, sealing gold in the Women’s 100m Butterfly in 1:09.07.

Great Britain also claimed silver in that event as S9 swimmer Toni Shaw finished in 1:08.18 for 937 points, while City of Norwich’s Jessica-Jane Applegate was fifth.

Plymouth Leander’s Reece Dunn has certainly made his mark in his debut World Series campaign and he added another S14 world record to his tally.

World Championships-bound Dunn won bronze in the Men’s 200m Freestyle, with a new world’s record time of 1:53.57.