Aquatics

Plymouth’s Dunn delighted to add British 100m backstroke record to his collection

PLYMOUTH Leander’s Reece Dunn added yet another national S14 record to his collection at the British Para-Swimming International Meet in Sheffield on Friday.

The double individual world champion already held the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle records, as well as the 50m backstroke, 100m butterfly and 200m individual medley national bests.

But he added to that lengthy list by twice breaking the 100m backstroke record on the second day of the international meet at Ponds Forge.

Dunn clocked 1:00.46 in the heats before going under 60 seconds in the final, clocking an impressive 59.96 seconds. That scored him a massive 965 multi-class points to comfortably take the win.

Both his swims were under the British S14 consideration time for this year’s Paralympics.

“I’m quite happy,” said Dunn afterwards. “I’ve not done much training going into this, with injuries and everything, so I’m just happy to be dipping under the 60-second mark.

“To just go under 60 as an S14 it’s quite a challenge – so to lower that British record to under that mark is really nice.

“Backstroke was one of the things I was aiming for this week, to try and make the consideration time and the Paralympic team, so that’s really pleasing.”

He added:  “It’s nice to race again – it feels like your training has more to aim for. In fact, it’s just nice to see team-mates from the British team and have everyone around. It’s great to be in the racing atmosphere again.

Dunn had clocked the fastest time in the heats of the 100m freestyle on Thursday with a 52.77 second swim, but did not take part in the final. He also clocked 2:18.63 in the heats of the 200m IM.

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