Gold for Poppy Maskill at the World Para Swimming Series

Gold Medallist, Poppy Maskill

Competition continued at the World Para-Swimming Series in Sheffield today with the British Team taking more medals on day 2.

The Women’s MC 100m Backstroke kicked off the evening, as seven Brits took to the pool across the three finals. In the third of those races it was Poppy Maskill (S14) who claimed the top step of the podium following an extremely close fight with team mate Bethany Firth (S14), who took the silver.

The field was level in the third final down the first 50 metres, before Maskill’s superior stroke rate saw her pull slightly ahead of Firth. Poppy surged into the wall over the closing yards to take the victory on a total of 946 points, with Firth just behind on 925.

 It continues a solid start for the Brits with Jessica-Jane Applegate (S14) and Georgia Sheffield (S14) joining Poppy Maskill and Bethany Firth all finishing under the consideration time for the summer’s Para Swimming World Championships in Manchester.

 Speaking on what is her first gold medal of the of the competition, Poppy Maskill was content with how she performed. Poppy Maskill said:

 

“It feels really good, I’m delighted to make the consideration time and get a spot on the world series podium too. My focus was to try and get a PB which I did – I’ve been working on my closing pace with Aled and it felt good to finish so strongly.”

 

Stephen Clegg continued his form from this morning as he took the gold in the World Series Final of the Men’s MC 100m Backstroke with a commanding performance. The result also sees Clegg comfortably under the consideration time for the World Championships, as he will look to build on the bronze medal that he won in the event at Tokyo’s Paralympic Games. 

Maisie Summers-Newton returned to the top of the podium for the second day in a row as she topped the points scores in the Worlds Series Final of the Women’s MC 100m Breaststroke. Maisie Summers-Newton and Rebecca Redfern were also both comfortably inside their respective consideration time for Manchester.

The Men’s MC 100m Breaststroke World Series Final was another event which saw vast British involvement, but it was Paralympic medallist Scott Quin (S14) who was the top British finisher.

 Having qualified for the final in fourth place, he produced a similarly strong swim amidst fierce competition from a number of his fellow S14 competitors, which ultimately saw him come up just short of the medals in fifth – scoring 842 points.

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S14, is a class for athletes with intellectual impairment.  Eligibility and classification is managed by SportExcel UK for classes II1, II2, II3.