16 August 2018
Tai continues golden European Championships in Dublin
Alice Tai continued her sensational Para Swimming European Championships as she clinched a second gold in as many days in Dublin.
Fresh from her top spot in the women’s 100m backstroke S8 – Tai was too good for the rest of the field as she won the women’s 100m freestyle S8 final.
The 19-year-old, who set the world record in the same event earlier this year, won in a time of 1:05.53 – too good for Italy’s Xenia Palazzo and France’s Claire Supiot as Briton’s Megan Richter finished fifth.
There was more medal success in the pool in Dublin as five-time Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds claimed silver in the women’s 400m freestyle S6.
The 23-year-old was involved in an enthralling contest with compatriot Maisie Summers-Newton who she just held off to take second place as the 16-year-old had to settle for bronze.
Ellie Simmonds picked up a silver in the 400m freestyle S6
Britain continues medal rush in Dublin
That bronze was Summers-Newton’s third medal of the meet having taken golds in the 200m individual medley SM6 and 100m breaststroke SB6.
Meanwhile 15-year-old Toni Shaw picked up a fourth medal of the European Championships as she claimed silver in the 200m Individual Medley SM9.
Shaw went all the way with Nuria Marques Soto but the Spaniard pulled away in the final 100m to win by 1.79 seconds.
There was more medal joy in the women’s 50m freestyle S5 final where Tully Kearney snatched the final place on the podium in a time of 39.77.
Elsewhere, Lewis White just missed out on a medal in the men’s 200m individual medley SM9, coming fourth in a time of 2:23.68.
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