Day three of the IPC Swimming European Championships was Steph Slater’s day, winning her second and third gold medals of the championship so far, and swimming to a new world record.
In the S7 100m Butterfly Ukraine’s Kateryna Istomina was hot on the heels of Slater for the first half, but a good turn and strong final 50m meant the Brit touched in a record time of 1:08.20. “I was feeling really really good in the water this morning,” Slater said. “I was quite shocked at the time but I am totally over the moon. I couldn’t be happier."
Slater’s second gold came in the SM8 200m Individual Medley, which she achieved with a strong final leg. Having led early on but fallen behind on the breaststroke, Slater’s freestyle powered here home to take the title in 2:41.73. “I am totally amazed by how well I’ve done so far this week,” Slater said. “I knew my training had been going really well so I knew I had good performances in me coming into this.”
Ollie Hynd added gold in the SM8 200m IM to the S8 400m Freestyle title he won yesterday. The Commonwealth Champion took the lead at the half way point of the race and continued to increase his lead through the final 100m to retain his title, touching in 2:25.22. “It was a tough race this morning,” Hynd said. “I am disappointed with the time but it is about getting your hand on the wall first.”
Andrew Mullen swam an excellent race in the S6 50m Butterfly finishing first in 37.66 to win his first major championship gold as well as set a new European record. “It was a great swim,” Mullen said. “I was really looking forward to the final and swimming fast. Three years ago at Europeans I went into the final fastest and came away with the silver so to get the gold this time I am really pleased.”
It was a one-two for GBR in the 100m Free S9 with Steph Millward winning her second gold of the championship in 1:04.08, just ahead of Amy Marren (1:04.22). Having led for most of the race, Marren lost out to Millward who swam an excellent final 25m to touch first. “I am absolutely over excited right now,” Millward said. “It’s so good. I didn’t really expect to win that one but I am so impressed that I did.” Claire Cashmore finished in 1:07.79 for sixth.
Having claimed the European S12 100m Backstroke yesterday Hannah Russell was back in the water and swam a PB of 2:35.79 in the S12 200M IM to win silver.
Scott Quin secured his first medal with silver in the SB14 100m Breaststroke, in a new British record time of 1:07.95. Aaron Moores won the bronze in 1:09.85.
Ellie Simmonds set a new British record in the S6 50m Freestyle claiming silver in 35.23.
Fresh from winning gold yesterday, Sascha Kindred was back in action in the S6 50m Freestyle and secured silver in 32.46.
Nicole Lough won the bronze in the SB14 100m Breaststroke in a time of 1:18.27.