Aquatics / Olympics

Plymouth’s Dunn claims yet another Paralympic gold medal and a world record

PLYMOUTH swimmer Reece Dunn secured a third Paralympic Games gold medal and a third world record in Tokyo on Tuesday morning.

Dunn triumphed in the men’s S14 200m IM, having also won the 200m freestyle and helped Great Britain to gold in the mixed S14 4x100m relay. He also took silver in the 100m butterfly.

His latest success came despite struggling with a shoulder injury he picked up in Saturday’s relay event.

Dunn clocked a stunning 2:08.02 on Tuesday to break home athlete Dai Tokairin’s world record.

But the Leander star did not even realise he has swam so fast.

“Did I break the world record? I didn’t even see what time I went,” he said afterwards.

“I had to max every single length, the first 100m was strong, it felt good. The breaststroke felt the best it has felt for a long time, but I was in agony that last 50m.

“I knew I could get two golds here, one in the butterfly or the freestyle and then maybe one in the mixed S14 4x100m freestyle relay, I didn’t expect to get gold in this one.”

He added: “I don’t know how I did it, it was just my mental attitude. It’s been top notch this week.”

Dunn has put his success in Tokyo down to an intense 12-week training block after having Covid.

And the Plymouth star is not finished yet as he still has the 100m backstroke event to look forward to.

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