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Hynd completes European hat-trick on day five in Portugal

Ollie Hynd of Nova Centurion won his third gold medal on day five of the IPC Swimming European Championships in Portugal.

The Paralympic champion was one of two English swimmers to claim a gold for the British para-swimming team on the night, swimming 1:06.56 in the S8 100m Backstroke.

“I’m really happy to have won three golds,” said Hynd. “I would have liked a little bit more tonight with the time.

“It was a little bit slower than what I went last week at trials so that’s a little disappointing but it’s been a long couple of weeks of racing.

“It means everything to be standing on top of the podium for the third time though.

“I mean there is no greater feeling than winning a medal and hearing the National anthem. I can’t wait to stand there again tonight.”

Susie Rodgers was the other English swimmer to take gold in the finals on day five, winning the S7 400m Freestyle for the third consecutive IPC Europeans.

The Beckenham swimmer managed to clear 30 seconds between herself and the rest of the field, on the way to a time of 5:27.16.

“It was really good to win the gold but time-wise we need to definitely move that on,” said Rodgers. “We had trials last week and it’s quicker than my time there.

“I don’t mean to be negative after winning something because obviously it is great and the butterfly was amazing but we have some work to do on all of the events really.”

City of Derby’s Lewis White claimed his first individual international medal in the 100m Freestyle. The S9 swimmer swam 59.07 for silver.

Meanwhile, Ellie Robinson took her second medal of the championships in the S6 50m Freestyle. The Northampton international newbie touched in 35.43.

The final English medallist was Steph Millward who won bronze in the S9 100m Freestyle, finishing with 1:05.26.

  • Click here to view full results from the IPC Swimming European Championships 2016.