27 April 2019
Tai dazzles with stunning end to week in Glasgow
Alice Tai continued her incredible week at the World Para Swimming World Series in Glasgow with two gold medals on the final night of competition, setting a new world record.
The 20-year-old, who won relay gold in the women’s 4x100m medley at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, has been in imperious form all week in Glasgow and continued in that vein on day four – topping the podium in both the Women’s MC 100m butterfly and MC 50m freestyle (S8).
More gold followed for GB in the men’s events, as S14 Reece Dunn topped the podium in the men’s 100m butterfly in a time of 55.87, earning 991 points and smashing the British record in the process.
After breaking the 100m backstroke world record the night before, Tai started day four in confident mood and first smashed the S8 50m freestyle world record with a time of 29.66.
Not content with breaking the record once in a day, Tai returned to the Tollcross pool for the final session and lowered the record to 29.43, beating second-placed Carlotta Gilli of Italy.
More gold was to follow as she returned for the 100m butterfly, scoring 997 points with a time of 1:08.25 – Great Britain’s Jessica-Jane Applegate, who swims in the S14 category, took silver, while teammate Toni Shaw took bronze (S9).
With the event also acting as the British trials for the World Championships in London later this year, Shaw had already broken both the Scottish and British records in the heats with a brilliant 1.08.07, well inside the qualifying time for the worlds.
GB’s Ellie Challis (S3) swam to silver in the 50m backstroke in a time of 1:01.53, while Andrew Mullen (S5) claimed silver in the 50m backstroke.
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