World Para-swimming Championships: Brock Whiston wins gold with world record

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By Elizabeth Hudson
BBC Sport at London
Brock Whiston denied Great Britain team-mate Alice Tai a gold medal in the World Para-swimming Championships.
Tai, who has swept all before her week, explained the medley as a”bonus occasion” on her program and was fourth.
Whiston, in her first key championship, conquer American Jessica Long in to instant.
The world album of the American was taken by her.
There were silvers on the day of activity for Reece Dunn, Ellie Robinson along with Bethany Firth.
This means GB possess 39 awards, such as 15 golds.
Whiston has hemiplegia, which causes weakness down the side of her own body and was a swimmer at non-disabled competition before she realised that she was eligible for Para-swimming.
“If I was around 15 I had been starting to discover things hard in coaching and had been suffering with a great deal of dislocations in my shoulder,” she told BBC Sport.
“We had been in nationals a couple years ago and one of the English Para-swimming team asked me if I had ever wondered para-swimming, that I had not.
“I watched Ellie Simmonds’s 400m freestyle race at London 2012 and to be here after in her footsteps is just outstanding.”
Whiston’s power is her breaststroke and despite turning 10 minutes behind Tai to the breaststroke leg, so it took her less than 25m to overhaul her team-mate and take a guide which she never looked like losing.
She finished in two minutes 35.30 seconds, beating Long’s old mark, set at the US Paralympic trials in 2012 from 0.7secs.
“To have raced Jess and Alice, a couple of the best swimmers in this category, and come off with a gold is still amazing,” she added.
“I do not believe it’s sunk in. Jess’s world record was incredible and to now maintain it, I can not ask for more in my initial key tournament”
While Tai reported that she was happy with her screen whiston, who was also part of the medley relay on Friday, goes on Sunday in the breaststroke where she is favourite to get a gold.
“I understand Brock has an insanely strong breaststroke so my trainer’s game plan was’Go out hard and if you die, at least die trying!’ And that’s precisely what happened,” she said.
“Halfway down the breaststroke legI could not feel my body and when I flipped onto the freestyle I thought’oh dear’.
“However, I have not trained for the medley – that I do not train breaststroke whatsoever and fourth is a pretty good outcome.”
Paralympic champion Robinson saw her S6 50m butterfly world record of 35.22secs vanish at the hands of 14-year-old Chinese rival Yuyan Jiang that was winning her third gold of the week.
The 18-year-old out of Northampton has vowed to use the defeat to market her on for next year’s Games in Tokyo.
“I’m really, really disappointed, not with forthcoming second, but my period was not as near my PB as I would like it to be,” she said after completing in 35.61secs using Jiang clocking 34.86.
“I knew it’d be really difficult because the Chinese girl has done really well here but I’ll go out and use it as inspiration.
“She is not too far front of me and hopefully I can use it to question myself longer in training. Possessing that danger is fine but today I want to place myself at the very best place for Tokyo so if we stand around the cube no one knows who will win.”
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