EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands, August 6. GREAT¬†Britain‚Äôs Stephanie Slater smashed the 100m butterfly S8 world record by more than one second to take gold on Wednesday (6 August) morning, day three of the 2014 IPC Swimming European Championships in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
In a dramatic race, world silver medallist Slater (1:08.20) was pushed all the way by Ukraine‚Äôs Kateryna Istomina (1:09.09) but touched home 1.4 seconds inside the previous world record set by the USA‚Äôs Jessica Long in April.
Denmark‚Äôs rising star Amalie Vinther (1:19.36) collected her second medal of the meet with bronze.
During a morning session which featured 10 medals events, 13-year-old home favourite Chantalle Zijderveld set a new European record to secure the Netherlands‚Äô third gold of the Championships in the women‚Äôs 100m breaststroke SB9.
Leading throughout, Zijderveld (1:17.39) showed exceptional composure beyond her years to touch home ahead of Ukraine‚Äôs previous record holder Khrystyna Yurchenko (1:19.32). Russia‚Äôs Nina Ryabova (1:20.57) picked up the bronze.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs just great. I never expected that. I am so happy,‚ÄĚ said Zijderveld afterwards.
Britain‚Äôs Paralympic, World and Commonwealth champion Oliver Hynd (2:25.22) won the men‚Äôs 200m individual medley SM8 title, adding to his 400m freestyle gold from Tuesday. Russia‚Äôs Konstantin Lisenkov (2:30.34) and Norway‚Äôs Niels Korfitz Mortensen (2:32.81) completed the podium.
Despite Slater and Hynd‚Äôs success, Great Britain fell to third in the overall medals table after Russia won three golds to move up to second, behind leaders Ukraine.
Oxana Guseva (3:16.05) led the Russian gold rush in the women‚Äôs 200m individual medley SM7. Silver went to Italy‚Äôs Arianna Talamona (3:26.11) and Norway‚Äôs Mina Marie Heyerdal Klausen (3:37.41) was delighted with bronze.
‚ÄúI thought it was good. It was hard but I did the best I could so I‚Äôm happy with it,‚ÄĚ she said.
Darya Stukalova (2:29.39) won her first European gold in the women‚Äôs 100m individual medley SM12 to exact revenge over Great Britain‚Äôs Hannah Russell (2:35.79), who had beaten the 19-year-old to Tuesday‚Äôs 100m backstroke title. Spain‚Äôs Maria Delgado (2:44.97) won bronze.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs the first time I‚Äôve ever entered this event on an international stage so to come away with a silver medal is unbelievable,‚ÄĚ said Russell.
Russia‚Äôs final gold of the morning came in the men‚Äôs 100m breaststroke SB9 and saw Pavel Poltavtsev (1:06.65) joined on the podium by his team-mates Dmitry Grigorev (1:09.28) and Dmitry Bartasinskiy (1:11.14).
Daniela Schulte (2:58.63) fought back from third place with 50m to go claim Germany‚Äôs fourth gold of Eindhoven in the women‚Äôs 200m individual medley SM11.
‚ÄúI am very happy because the last few years were not so good for me. I was ill for a long time,‚ÄĚ said Schulte. ‚ÄúI am so happy about the time and the race.‚ÄĚ
Estonia‚Äôs Elisabeth Egel (3:01.54) took silver and Sweden‚Äôs Maija Reichard (3:02.40) the bronze.
Joanna Mendak (2:38.67) won Poland‚Äôs second gold of the week in the women‚Äôs 200m individual medley SM13. Silver and bronze went to Spain‚Äôs Deborah Font (2:40.31) and Germany‚Äôs Elena Krawzow (2:41.99).
In the men‚Äôs 200m individual medley SM7, Spain‚Äôs Israel Oliver (2:26.90) led two Ukrainians, Oleksandr Mashcehnko (2:29.83) and Viktor Smyrnov (2:34.68) onto the podium, to win his second medal of the week.
Ukraine won their only gold of the morning through Dmytro Vynoradets. The 28-year-old collected his third individual title in as many events in the men‚Äôs 200m freestyle S3. Joining him on the podium were Spain‚Äôs Miguel Martinez (3:52.95) and Greece‚Äôs Ioannis Kostakis (4:02.46).
Prior to the medal events, Ukraine‚Äôs Olga Sviderska (3:38.21) took nearly eight seconds off her S3 world record in the heats of the women‚Äôs 200m freestyle S4 to qualify third fastest behind Italy‚Äôs Arjola Trimi (3:22.28).
Russia‚Äôs S2 swimmer Alexandra Agafonova (1:12.18) also took more than one and half seconds off her own world record in the heats of the women‚Äôs 50m butterfly S5. Norway‚Äôs Sarah Louise Rung (42.50) was fastest.
The Netherlands‚Äô Marta Toeters (1:16.97) delighted home fans at the Pieter van den Hoogenband Swimming Stadium by finishing just 0.12 seconds off the world record to qualify fastest in the women‚Äôs 100m breaststroke SB14.
The men‚Äôs 100m breaststroke SB14 final will be a mouth-watering prospect after a close heat saw the Netherlands‚Äô world record holder and world champion Marc Evers (1:07.77) narrowly edge Great Britain‚Äôs Scott Quinn (1:08.15).
Spain‚Äôs Jose Mari (57.51) is the favourite for gold in the men‚Äôs 100m freestyle S10 having posted the fastest qualifying time, as is Great Britain‚Äôs European record holder Andrew Mullen (38.29) who was quickest in the men‚Äôs 50m butterfly S5 heat.
France will be optimistic of landing their first gold of the meeting after Paralympic champion Charles Rozoy (1:04.14) qualified in pole position in the men‚Äôs 100m butterfly S8, as will Azerbaijan after Dzmitry Salei (2:15.27) comfortably qualified fastest in the men‚Äôs 200m individual medley SM12.
Great Britain‚Äôs medal prospects on Wednesday evening include Eleanor Simmonds (35.76) who qualified strongly in the women‚Äôs 50m freestyle S6 heat and Sascha Kindred (32.89) who led the men‚Äôs equivalent.
Ukraine‚Äôs world record holder Yevheniy Bohodayko (2:43.74) qualified first in the men‚Äôs 200m individual medley SM7.
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