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Robinson leads record charge in opening session of National Short Course Champs

Ellie Robinson was one of six English para-swimmers to set world records in a whirwind opening session of the National Para-Swimming Disability Championships (25m).

The Paralympic champion swept to a new S6 100m Freestyle record in Manchester, while there were also new world best times for Tom Hamer, Jessica-Jane Applegate, Maisie Summers-Newton, Louise Fiddes and Rebecca Redfern.

Robinson took her PB down to 1:15.12 in the 100m Free, lowering her own British record and Ellie Simmonds’ S6 world record of 1:17.61.

The 16-year old’s Northampton teammate Maisie Summers-Newton was also under the old world record time in the same heat, ultimately touching in a PB 1:16.72.

Summers-Newton returned shortly after to beat another existing world record as she lowered the marker in the SB6 100m Breaststroke.

The 15-year old took down Liz Johnson’s seven-year-old record of 1:38.14 with an impressive 1:34.90 effort.

Fiddes and Redfern break 100m Breast record

Further world records followed for Fiddes and Redfern in the 100m Breaststroke.

Hatfield’s 16-year old Fiddes knocked more than two seconds off her own PB to set a world record 1:15.11 in the SB14 class.

Paralympic silver medallist Redfern was more than three seconds clear of her own PB as she beat the 15-year old SB13 100m Breast world record, touching in 1:14.80.

There was also a British record in the women’s 50m Breast as Colchester Phoenix swimmer Ellie Challis put paid to Tara Flood’s British SB2 record.

Challis wasn’t born when Flood set her 1:18.72 record in 1992. But the 13-year old showed she is one to keep an eye on ahead of Tokyo 2020 as she stopped the clock on 1:17.32.

Applegate breaks 58 seconds over 100m Freestyle

Four-time Paralympic medallist Applegate started the competition in confident style, surging past 58 seconds for the first time over 100m Free.

The S14 swimmer – who won Paralympic gold over 200m Free at London 2012 – set a new world record of 57.86 in Manchester.

There were also British records for Hannah Russell and Zara Mullooly in the 100m Free.

Russell, who won S13 bronze in the same event at Rio 2016 last year, lowered her own British S12 record to 59.25.

Mullooly also beat her own national marker, clocking an S10 British record of 1:02.75.

Paralympic medallist Hamer smashes world record

Tom Hamer was the first swimmer to break a world record in Manchester, smashing more than a second off the S14 100m Freestyle marker.

Hamer won silver over 200m Freestyle on his Paralympic debut in Rio last year. And the 19-year old looked in top form as he clocked 52.08 to take the MC title, beating the old world record of 53.20.

City of Derby’s Lewis White also set a European record in the 100m Free, taking the S9 marker down to 55.71.

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