United States and Britain Dominate Sheffield Swimming World Series Event

Rebecca Meyers

After a good performance from British swimmers on Thursday, it was the Americans turn on Friday as they managed big wins at the World Para Swimming World Series in Sheffield.

Rebecca Meyers and Letticia Martinez were the stars for the United States in what was a strong performance from the American women. Again the events were multi classification with the winner decided on points.

Meyers continued her good form in the Medley events as she claimed the women’s 200m individual medley for her second world series win of the year. She won with 960 points closely followed by Uzbek Shokhsanakhon Toshpulatova finished just five points back, both of them in the SM13 classification. SM6 British swimmer Maisie Summers-Newton gave the home crowd something to cheer about finishing third with 910 points.

The women’s 50m freestyle was all about visually impaired swimmers with the top two being visually impaired swimmers. British swimmer Hannah Russell finished in 27.54 seconds for 931 points while American Martinez had 924 points, setting a new Americas record of 31.54 seconds for the S11 classification. Bronze was claimed by Toshpulatova, backing up well from the Medley.

The men’s 200m individual medley final came down to just one point with Uzbek swimmer Dimitry Horlin breaking home fans hearts. Horlin had a score of 888 with British swimmer Ollie Hynd getting 887, the podium rounded out by Kahoru Harazawa who set a new British record in the SM10 classification of 2:14.59.

The final was the men’s 50m freestyle with Britain again doing well with Matthew Wylie earning 871 points. Uzbekistan continued their impressive meet as Muzaffar Tusunhujaev finished second with 859 points while another Brit, Lewis White, finished third.

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