Plymouth Leander’s Dunn makes his mark on world para-swimming scene in Glasgow

PLYMOUTH Leander’s Reece Dunn has firmly established himself on the international para-swimming scene with three medals at the British World Series meet in Glasgow.

He started the four-day competition by claiming gold and breaking the S14 world record in the 100m freestyle on Thursday and ended it with victory in the 100m butterfly on Sunday.

Dunn clocked 55.87 seconds for his final swim of the meet to break another British record and only miss out on a world record by 0.15 of a second.  He beat Japan’s Dai Tokairin by more than a second.

Afterwards he said:  “I’ve had a tough week doing a lot more events than I’d usually do, due to classification, but with the times I’ve done I’m very pleased.

“I’m very pleased with the final race, although I’m a little disappointed with that last turn as I stopped moving as I was in a lot of pain, but to get close to that world record and break the British record is quite nice.”

On breaking the freestyle world record earlier in the competition, Dunn added:  “I’m very pleased with the world record – my first ever one. Hopefully, next time I swim, either at World’s or in Berlin, I can bring it down a bit further.

“My standout event of the week was probably the 100m breaststroke though – it’s probably my worst stroke but technically it was probably the best I’ve ever done.

“My number one event is probably the 100m fly though and I’ll look to bring that time down further leading into London and Tokyo next year.”

Meanwhile, Ben Proud took victory in the 50m freestyle event at the inaugural FINA Champions Swim Series in China on Sunday. Proud clocked a world-leading 21.48 second swim to beat Russia’s Vladmir Morozov and America’s Michael Andrew and Anthony Ervin. Proud had been forced to settle for fourth in the 50m butterfly the day before.

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