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Oliver Hynd lowers 400m Freestyle world record in Sheffield

Oliver Hynd lowered his own world record on the penultimate day of the 2016 British Summer Championships in Sheffield.

The Paralympic champion sent a clear message out to his rivals in the S8 classification with a 4:23.76 effort to win MC gold.

Hynd’s old marker was 4:24.32 set to win gold at last year’s IPC World Championships in Glasgow.

The Nova Centurion is defending Paralympic champion in the 200m IM, while he finished second in the 400m Free on his debut at London 2012.

But the Brit looks in a class of his own as he approaches Rio 2016, with no other S8 swimmer to have broken 4:30 in the past four seasons.

Ellie Simmonds lands MC 400m Freestyle gold

Ellie Simmonds won gold in the women’s equivalent, stopping the clock on 5:27.62.

Simmonds is Paralympic champion in the S6 400m Freestyle from the past two Games, but settled for silver at last year’s IPC Worlds in Glasgow.

Ukraine’s Yelyzaveta Mereshko beat Simmonds to the touch in Scotland, and set a world record 5:14.69 for gold at May’s European Championships.

Simmonds’ is also on a lifetime best this season, having set a British record 5:18.69 at April’s British Para-Swimming Championships.

  • Click here to view results from the 2016 European Junior Swimming Championships in Hungary.