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Day one of
this eagerly-awaited competition – which doubles as the opening event of the World Para Swimming
World Series and Britain’s Paralympic trial meet – kicked off with the Women’s
MC 100m Freestyle heats. That saw a host of British world champions making
early statements, with Tully Kearney (866 points), Alice Tai (854) and Toni
Shaw (835) the highest scorers thanks to some quick swims first up, Kearney and
Shaw both dipping under the respective qualifying consideration times for their
classes - a feat they will look to repeat in the evening's finals.
S14 duo Reece Dunn (930) and Jordan Catchpole (872) will have been pleased with their first outings of the meet in the Men’s MC 100m Freestyle, the Brits first and third-highest placed after the heats respectively, with Israeli pair Mark Malyar (886) and Ami Omer Dadon (855) also faring well. There was also a S4 British record for Lyndon Longhorne, who lowered the mark to 1:38.69.
The Women’s 200m Individual Medley is a hotly-contested event among the British ranks – and this morning’s heats gave some insight into that following the mid-session break. SM6 trio Grace Harvey (902), Maisie Summers-Newton (883) and Ellie Simmonds (866) all posted strong showings ahead of the final. Harvey and Summers-Newton were under the Paralympic qualifying consideration time, as they will hope to do again in the evening, while Simmonds was less than one tenth of a second outside it.
France’s Alex Portal, a S13 swimmer, topped the heats swims in the men's event on 860 points, followed by Mark Malyar of Israel (S7) on 855. Brits Catchpole and Dunn were level on 790, with Catchpole touching just ahead of his fellow S14 athlete.
The first heats session of BPSIM 2021 ended in memorable fashion, with Israel’s Iyad Shalabi smashing his own SM1 world record for the Men’s 150m Individual Medley, clocking a 4:57.21, while the Netherlands’ Jonne Moleman went under the Women’s 150m Individual Medley world record time for SM4.
Women’s MC 100m Freestyle
Men’s MC 100m Freestyle
Women’s MC 200m Individual Medley
Men’s MC 200m Individual Medley
Women’s MC 150m Individual Medley
Men's MC 150m Individual Medley
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