Hat-trick of gold medals for Reece Dunn as he breaks another world recordAugust 31, 2021
Reece Dunn left everything in the pool as he swam a gold medal-winning, world record-breaking performance in the Men’s SM14 200m Individual Medley final.
After one relay gold and a gold and silver in his individual events, Dunn’s latest result places him on four Paralympic medals from these Games, with one event remaining.
His previous two gold medals both set new world records and it was no different this time around.
The Plymouth Leander swimmer was ahead at the halfway point but had dropped to second after 150 metres, but a determined final freestyle leg saw Dunn storm home.
The 25-year-old lowered the previous record by 0.14 to set a new best of 2:08.02 and finish on top of the podium once again.
In second place and taking the silver medal was Brazil’s Gabriel Bandeira, with Vasyl Krainyk of Ukraine, in the bronze medal place.
After the final, Dunn explained the pain he felt towards the end of the race, saying: “I had no idea where I was. I had to max every single length.
“The first 100 was strong, I felt good. The breaststroke felt the best it’s felt for a long time, but I was just in agony that whole last 50.
“Breaststroke is difficult for me, especially with the shoulder I’ve got at the moment. It’s just under a lot of fatigue so every length my right arm just felt like it was going to crumble.”
It was a pleasant surprise for Dunn when he was told that he had beaten yet another world record. He said: “Did I? I couldn’t even see what time I went – nice!”