Britain’s Para-Swimmers claimed 32 medals at the IPC Swimming World Championships at Tollcross in Glasgow, to finish fifth on the medals table, with all 14 members of the host nation team making the podium.
Warrender’s Scott Quin was first up for GB on the opening night and didn’t disappoint the home crowd claiming his first World medal with SB14 100m Breaststroke silver in 1:07.99.
"This is the first time I’ve won an international gold and listened to the national anthem on the podium. It’s just an unbelievable feeling.” - Tully Kearney
Claiming the second GB medal was 18-year-old Tully Kearney who went on to prove herself as one to watch at next year's Rio 2016 Paralympic Games with a six-medal haul including four golds.
Clocking a PB 1:10.52 for silver in the S9 100m Backstroke final first, the Boldmere swimmer then collected the first World title of her career with a gutsy performance in the S9 100m Butterfly final (1:09.04). "This is the first time I’ve won an international gold and listened to the national anthem on the podium," she said. "It’s just an unbelievable feeling.”
Three further golds came in the S9 400m Freestyle, with a European Record of 4:39.29, the SM9 200m IM, and the 4x100m Medley Relay. Taking gold in 2:31.08, Kearney became the second fastest SM9 200m IM swimmer in history behind 13-time Paralympic gold medallist Natalie Du Toit.
Having had to settle for silver in the S6 400m Freestyle, Ellie Simmonds struck back later in the week lowering her own world marker touching in 3:01.02 to win SM6 200m IM gold. “I really wanted that gold medal but I’m so shocked with the time,” said Simmonds, who also bagged two bronze medals with 1:39.99 in the SB6 100m Breaststroke and the 4x100m Freestyle Relay alongside Kearney, Alice Tai and Claire Cashmore.
"I can’t believe what’s just happened – I’m not even a backstroker." - Jessica-Jane Applegate
Britain's first gold of the meet came in the SM8 200m IM with Ollie Hynd lowering his own European record to defend his title in 2:22.40, but the 20-year-old's second gold was one to remember. The S8 400m Freestyle title wasn't just a gold and World Record, as Hynd's 4:24.32 time beat his brother Sam’s world record, set more than five years ago in Manchester. "I'm sure Sam will be happy for me. I think he's ready to see it go now".
Alice Tai impressed on her World’s debut medalling in four of her events with two individual bronze medals as well as gold and bronze in the relay races.
The 16-year-old touched in 1:08.46 to claim S10 100m Backstroke bronze, just 0.02 seconds off her PB, and in 1:09.57 for S10 100m Butterfly bronze. Commenting on her first World medal Tai said “I remember being in the crowd watching the 100m Backstroke at London 2012 and shouting at Summer [Mortimer] to try and get a picture with her and her medal. And now I’m standing on the podium with her!”
Hannah Russell clocked an S12 British record 59.26 for silver 'swimming up’ in classification in the S13 100m Freestyle, while in her own class bagged S12 50m Freestyle gold, equalling her British record 27.51, and missed out on gold by just 0.04 seconds in the S12 100m Backstroke with 1:06.79. Commenting on the 50m Free Russell said “It is absolutely amazing to be world champion".
Jessica-Jane Applegate surprised herself with victory in the S14 100m Backstroke in a PB 1:06.75. "I wasn’t even meant to be on the podium," said Applegate. "I can’t believe what’s just happened – I’m not even a backstroker."
The 18-year-old also claimed two silvers in the S14 200m Freestyle and SM14 200m IM.
"I was definitely hungry - and I think these girls were too - to get that gold medal.” - Claire Cashmore
Sascha Kindred won his fifth consecutive World title in the SM6 200m IM powering through the final 50m to touch in 2:41.41. “I came to these Championships wanting to defend the title for the fourth time and there was a lot of pressure on my shoulders being the elder statesman of the team."
Competing at his seventh Worlds, the 37-year-old also bagged S6 50m Butterfly bronze lowering his own British record from 2011 as he touched in 32.01.
Also adding to GB's medal tally were 20-year-old Andy Mullen, claiming two silver and two bronze with friends and family cheering him on in the pool he learnt in. Thomas Hamer bagged bronze in his World Champs debut swimming a British Record 1:58.42 in the S14 200m Freestyle.
James Crisp won his twentieth World Champs medal with S9 100m Backstroke silver in 1:05.12, while Charlotte Henshaw lowered her European record to 1:36.94 for SB6 100m Breaststroke silver, and Claire Cashmore claimed her tenth World Champs medal with SB8 100m Breaststroke silver.
The meet was brought to a close with a thrilling final event where Cashmore and Henshaw joined Tai and Susie Rodgers for the 4x100m Medley Relay. Rodgers held on in the final leg to bring them home in 4:52.89 for gold, adding to her S7 100m Freestyle bronze earlier in the week.
The new-look British team finished just 0.99 ahead of Australia and were pleased to have swum so fast in their first race together. “They beat us by 0.02 seconds in London," Cashmore said. "I was definitely hungry, and I think these girls were too, to get that gold medal.”
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