British Para-Swimming International Sees Two World Records Fall On Day 4


Newcastle swimmer Bethany Firth was roughly two tenths of a second off her S14 IPC Swimming World and British record in the 200m free prelims (2:04.65), but returned for finals to demolish her previous mark with a new World and British record of 2:03.70. She leads with 1080 points and has earned her Rio Paralympic Games qualification.

Opposite of the women’s morning performances, Thomas Hamer from City of Manchester Aquatics dipped under the S14 national record of 1:58.18 with 1:57.27 and was the only man under the 2 minute barrier. He wouldn’t repeat his record-breaking swim in finals (1:57.49), but faced tougher competition from China’s Wai Lok Tang (1:57.77) and Australia’s Liam Schluter (2:01.93), and earned a consideration standard for Rio. Tang’s swim clocked a new IPC Swimming Asian Record, lowering his previous standard of 1:59.13.

Paralympic Champion Eleanor Simmonds of Boldere was considerably off her S6 British record in the women’s 400m free prelims (5:31.19), but topped the leader board in terms of British Disability points with 895. Simmonds rebounded in finals to swim a 5:18.69, improving her national record by .48 and lowering the IPC Swimming World Record she set at the 2012 London Games in both swims.

Oliver Hynd of Nova Centurion Swim Club ranked as the top athlete this morning in the men’s 400m free, posting a 4:31.08, then repeated the winning effort with the most BP points (996), but was just off his British record of 4:24.32 with 4:24.69. Two more swimmers earned high marks in the prelims session. Stephen Clegg of East Lothian lowered his own S12 400m free British record from 4:21.76 down to 4:19.14 and Michael Jones of Mount Kelly registered the S7 Rio consideration standard with 4:52.41.

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Stephen Parsons

Stephen's swimming journey has taken him all across the Southeastern United States. Starting out at the Flowood, MS based Sunkist Swim Team, he made the transition to Auburn, AL where he competed the remainder of his high school years with Auburn Aquatics. His college career began at Daytona State College under the …

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