Day two of the IPC Swimming European Championships was full of more podium positions for the British Gas GBR Para-Swimming team, with the swimmers winning another eight medals including five golds.
Ollie Hynd, Hannah Russell, Stephanie Millward and Sascha Kindred all claimed the top spot in their events, as did Susie Rodgers to win her second gold of the competition.
Fresh from winning Commonwealth gold in the SM8 200m Individual Medley at Glasgow 2014, Ollie Hynd led from early on in the S8 400m Freestyle to finish in 4:31.66 and win his first European gold. “I think in a way I am quite privileged to have had the chance to race at a big event before coming into this meet," Hynd said. "I’ve taken the positive aspects of my swim from the Commonwealths and tried to use that here." Josef Craig finished the race third to win his first ever European medal in a new personal best time of 4:38.41.
World Champion Hannah Russell bagged herself the best birthday present, winning gold in the S12 100m Backstroke, shaving half a second off her personal best to score the victory in a time of 1:08.29. “I had no idea where I was in the race because I am visually impaired so I just try to keep it together with what I’ve been doing in training and obviously it’s paid off,” Russell said. “It’s fantastic I’ve come away as European Champion. It’s a dream come true.”
Stephanie Millward claimed the third gold of the day in the S9 400m Free touching in 4:41.99, just ahead of Amy Marren who claimed silver in 4:47.66. “I enjoyed swimming that,” Millward said. “My PB is the European record of 4:40 and I just went a 4:41 which is not too bad for a 400”.
Competing at his sixth European Championships, Sascha Kindred won the gold in the S6 50m Butterfly touching in 32.71. “To win gold feels really good,” Kindred said. “I have been to six European Championships now and to still be at the top is great."
Susie Rodgers won her second gold of the competition, winning the S7 50m Freestyle in a new personal best of 33.50. “I am really pleased with that time and the fact that I got that gold in that race which isn’t really one of my main events,” Rodgers said. “It’s a real bonus for me and it shows that the hard work on sprints has been paying off.”
World Champion Matt Walker secured silver in the S7 50m Freestyle after touching in a time of 28.19.
James Hollis finished in fourth place in the S10 100m Butterfly with a new British record time of 58.74. Gemma Almond and Eleni Papadopolous finished in fifth and sixth place respectively in the S10 100m Butterfly.