Day four of the IPC Swimming European Championships was another great day for GBR’s Para-Swimmers. Ellie Simmonds won gold while breaking her own world record, Sascha Kindred set a new European record to win gold and Claire Cashmore and Andrew Mullen completed the four GBR top spots of the day.
Double Paralympic Champion Simmonds broke her own world record in the SM6 200m Individual Medley, touching in 3:04.07 after a speedy final freestyle 50m.“Every race I swim means a lot to me,” Simmonds said. “It was a tough race tonight but to go a world record I am over the moon.”
Sascha Kindred impressed in the men’s SM6 200m Individual Medley by setting a new European record and taking his second gold of the Championships. Kindred dominated his race winning by 18 seconds in a time of 2:40.82. “That performance was special,” Kindred said. “I have had injuries in the past but I’m coming away with two golds and a silver and a PB in my main event at 36 I can’t ask for much more.”
Claire Cashmore claimed her first individual gold medal at a long course competition with a joint time of 1:20.93 in the SB8 100m Breaststroke. “I don’t think I can put this into words,” Cashmore said. “I am so excited. I just turned and looked to the board and thought she [Russia’s Olesya Vladykina] had won it but then I saw and I had won too. It’s amazing. I can’t believe it. I really can’t.”
Fresh from his victory in the S5 50m Butterfly yesterday Andrew Mullen secured his second gold medal in the 200m Individual Medley. Leading from the start Mullen pushed himself even further into the lead in the final leg, to touch in a new PB of 3:06.78. “I was hoping to do pretty well here,” Mullen said. “I am really happy to have two golds after waiting three years for one and to have two in 24 hours is pretty nice.”
European Champion Hannah Russell won the silver medal in the women’s S12 50m Freestyle in a new personal best time of 27.51, while Susie Rodgers won the silver in the S7 100m Backstroke as she reached for the wall in a time of 1:30.24.
The third silver of the day went to Rob Welbourn in the S10 400m Freestyle as he touched in 4:12.96, and in her first European Championships Alice Tai won bronze in the S10 400m Freestyle in a time of 4:47.52.
Also in action was multi-world medallist James Crisp who scored his first medal of the competition with bronze in the SB8 100m Breaststroke in 1:16.14.