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Reece Dunn got one of the best responses of the meet so far as he broke the British S14 100m Backstroke record in a packed Men's MC 100m Backstroke heat on Friday morning. The Plymouth Leander man pulled clear down the second 50m to touch in 1:00.46, taking 0.24 seconds off the previous record, set by rival and teammate Jordan Catchpole at this meet two years ago, earning him 941 points.
Dunn’s swim also saw him well under the Paralympic consideration time, a feat he will look to repeat this evening. S12 Stephen Clegg did likewise in his classification, while compatriot Louis Lawlor was not far off the S14 mark, with a tantalising final in store later in the day. That pair both notched 876 points.
Hannah Russell picked up where she left off on day one, going more than one second under the S12 Paralympic consideration time in her favoured Women’s 100m Backstroke event, getting the morning’s heats underway with a 791-point haul. Three-time Paralympian Stephanie Millward (S9 - 715 points) also started the day well, placing second in the heats.
There were more
British records to fall in the second session of heats, with Grace Harvey –
fresh from a superb 200m Individual Medley victory on Thursday – breaking a
near-17-year best mark for the Women’s SB5 100m Breaststroke. Her time of 1:44.21
was also the second time she has gone under the Paralympic consideration
qualifying requirement this week.
Rebecca Redfern (S13) and Maisie Summers-Newton (SB6) were also under their respective requirement times ahead of what is set to be another eye-catching showpiece later in the day. Northampton’s Summers-Newton topped the heats placings with a points tally of 829, while Suzanna Hext was another to break a British record, her time of 2:09.87 resetting a mark that had stood since 1994 in the SB4 category.
The Men’s MC 100m Breaststroke final will be similarly anticipated if the heat is anything to go by. A strong field was led home by Paralympic and world medallist Scott Quin, the University of Edinburgh athlete powering well inside the S14 consideration time with a quick finish into the wall, touching in 1:05.96.
Lyndon Longhorne, meanwhile, dipped under a British Men’s S4 50m Backstroke record that had stood since the Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games by clocking a 53.31 in the Men’s MC 50m Backstroke. The heats were topped by Matz Topkin of Estonia, with 743 points.
In the MC 50m Breaststroke events, Dutch athlete Jonne Molleman went under the SB3 world-record standard time again in the women’s heat, before Brit Lyndon Longhorne (502 points) found himself in a tight battle with fellow SB3 men Ami Omer Dadaon (Israel - 546) and Artur Apostolaki (Russia - 540), touching narrowly behind that pair. Molleman led the heats placings in the Women's MC 50m Backstroke too.
Women's MC 100m Backstroke
Men's MC 100m Backstroke
Women's MC 50m Breaststroke
Men's MC 50m Breaststroke
Women's MC 100m Breaststroke
Men's MC 100m Breaststroke
Women's MC 50m Backstroke
Men's MC 50m Backstroke
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