14 August 2018

Summers-Newton reaches stardom while Firth leads out British one-two in Dublin

A star is born in Maisie Summers-Newton, who smashed a second S6 world record in 24 hours at the European Para-swimming Championships in Dublin. 

A sensational swim of 1:33.63 saw the 16-year-old break the 100m breaststroke record she set in Sheffield earlier this year and outpace the legendary Ellie Simmonds in the process. 

The teenager’s meteoric rise saw her claim a second gold medal of the meet, backing up Tuesday’s showstopper in the 200m individual medley. 

Summers-Newton’s feats and a further silver for five-time Paralympic champion Simmonds took Britain’s medal tally to 23 for the week in Ireland.

The evening opened in thrilling fashion, Hannah Russell taking a share of gold after a dead heat with Germany’s Elena Krawzow in the 50m freestyle. 

The pair couldn’t be separated on equal times of 27.94 seconds in the S12 race.  

Bethany Firth and Jessica-Jane Applegate dominated the podium once again, securing a British one-two in the 100m backstroke S14 - having done the same in last night’s 200m freestyle. 

Meanwhile, Jordan Catchpole claimed his second European silver with an impressive swim in the men’s S14 100m backstroke.

In the final race of the session Toni Shaw’s silver in 100m butterfly S9 capped another successful night in the pool for the Brits. 

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