Rhys Jones (WAL) ran his season’s best time of 12.04 to secure the Bronze in a very strong athletics field this evening.
Fanie Van Der Merwe (RSA) grabbed the top spot with a time of 11.65, with his fellow South African, Charl Du Toit (RSA) claiming the Silver with a time of 11.89.
Special note for Jason Maclean (SCO) who ran a personal best time of 12.93.
Daniel Hooker (ENG) finished in seventh place with 13.15.
Well done to everyone for a truly gripping final.
Rhys Jones (WAL)
On winning the bronze:
“Any colour would’ve been amazing, it’s a dream come true. I’m so proud to be here with a dragon on my chest at the para-athletics.”
T37 classification is for athletes with conditions that affect muscle control who compete standing.
Libby Clegg (SCO) ran a fantastic race in front of a partisan home crowd to grab Gold with a World Lead time of 12.20. Elisa Maria Muchavo (MOZ) took Silver with 13.33 and Lahja Ishitile (NAM) took the Bronze with 13.48. Sadly Tracey Hinton (WAL) missed out on a medal with her time of 13.65 (although it was her seasons best time)
Libby CLEGG (SCO)
On her thoughts on winning:
“I’m glad I’ve done really well, the crowd cheered me over that line. I’ve never experienced anything like that, it’s been really special. I didn’t feel the pressure too much, I just had to run at the end of the day.”
Ollie Hynd, 19, (ENG) yet again proved why he is one of the most exciting young swimmers on the parasport scene by grabbing the Gold medal with 2.22.86 in this gripping Commonwealth final tonight. Ollie even looked the part of superstar, turning up in a hooded black cape. Need to get myself one of those.
Earlier in the day he had a fantastic run in the Heats, with a time just over 5 seconds faster than his nearest rival.
He stretched that lead to almost 10 seconds in the final, holding off Jesse Aungles (AUS) who finished on 2.31.25 for Silver and Blake Cochrane who finished on 2.32.72 for Bronze.
Well done to all the competitors.
Oliver HYND (ENG) – gold
On taking gold:
“I’ve completed the set (he won a Paralympic Games gold and a world championships gold). It feels really good. I was able to swim fast too.”
On his future targets:
“I’m only 19 so hopefully there is a lot more to come.”
On Paralympic swimming as part of the Commonwealth Games:
“It has been nice. We showcased what we can do and I think we’ve done really well and people have stood up and taken notice.”
Read our recent Ollie Hynd Interview Here
Blake COCHRANE (AUS) – bronze
On taking bronze:
“I am happy with the bronze, but the time was two seconds slower than my personal best earlier this year and I’m a little disappointed about that.”
On what he plans to do next:
“I’m not gonna go home and sulk. As an athlete you have to work on the things that need improving.”