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Swimming: British swimmers continue strong start in Eindhoven

August 17, 2010

The British Disability Swimming Team, powered by British Gas, enjoyed more medal success on the second day of competition at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Eindhoven.

The Brits won ten medals on the first day of competition and added six to their tally with a number of promising performances in the Pieter van den Hoogenband Swim Stadium.

The race that everyone’s eyes were on this evening was the women’s SB6 100m Breaststroke and after Brit Charlotte Henshaw lowered the world record in the heats she looked in a good position for the final.

The race began and saw American Mallory Weggemann move into the lead straight away and Liz Johnson closed in on her over the first 25m. At the 50m mark Weggemann turned first with Henshaw close behind her.

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Johnson stayed on their shoulders as the race entered the final 50m and she moved closer to the American but Weggemann had a good back end speed and extended her lead.

Weggemann won gold in a new world record time of 1:35.51 and the race between Henshaw and Johnson was on for the silver medal.

Henshaw took the silver with a time of 1:39.74 and Johnson was just behind her in 1:39.88.

“It all went by in a bit of a blur,” Henshaw said. “It was such an amazing race and having spoken to people just now it sounded like Liz and I were really close. It was just a brilliant race and I really enjoyed it but I am really tired now.

“I knew, after she got a 12 second PB in the heat, that Mallory would be quick in the final and I seemed to have missed the top gear tonight and I hope to get that back,” Johnson said. “I do feel in really good shape at the moment and I am happy to have won a medal.”

Louise Watkin lowered her personal best on her way to silver in the women’s SM9 200m Individual Medley. She took on Paralympic Champion Natalie Du Toit (South Africa) in the final and swam a strong race to take the medal in a time of 2:37.71.

“I am slightly disappointed with my Butterfly leg because it didn’t go as well as this morning,” Watkin said. “But I still got a PB in that race and I feel good with that and my medal.”

Du Toit won gold in 2:32.11 and bronze was won by Ellie Cole (Australia) in 2:42.13.

The women’s SB8 100m Breaststroke saw Claire Cashmore win silver with a strong swim that saw her beat Paralympic Champion Natalie Du Toit. Cashmore touched in a time of 1:22.02 to take silver.

Watkin and Cashmore went on to finish off their evening on a high with a silver medal in the 34 point 4x100m Freestyle relay. The medallists were joined by World Champion Eleanor Simmonds and Stephanie Millward in the final.

The American team went out fastest after an excellent start but the Brits remained within contention. Jessica Long swam an excellent final 50m for the Americans and put the gold out of the way for the British team.

Cashmore brought the British team home in a new British record time of 4:29.49.

“It was a really good swim from the whole team,” Watkin said. “We went under the world record time but we didn’t get the gold this time.

“Everyone swam faster than they did this morning which is a real positive. I am pleased with my leg of the relay and after a really long day I am happy to come away with both of the medals.”

The American team won the gold medal in a new world record time of 4:23.59 and the team from China won bronze in 4:46.90.

The 34 point 4x100m Freestyle relay saw the British quartet claim bronze after a gutsy swim from the team. They touched home in 3:54.71.

Stacey Francis, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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