Leading the Para-swimming contingent today (26 October) at the 2019 Australian Short Course Championships in Melbourne, VIC, was Ahmed Kelly, who set a new SM3 world record in the men’s 150m individual medley multi-class to win gold.
Kelly’s 2:55.11 swim saw him shave nearly 10 seconds off the previous world record, which has been held since 2015 by his best mate, Grant ‘Scooter’ Patterson.
Taylor Corry (S14) was also impressive, setting a new world record in this morning’s heat of the women’s 100m butterfly multi-class, and carrying that momentum through to the final to claim her third gold medal of the meet. The butterfly specialist powered home in 1:07.04 to take the top honour ahead of Ruby Storm (S14), who clocked 1:10.73, and Emily Beecroft (S9), who touched in 1:13.99.
Storm upgraded her silver to gold in the women’s 100m breaststroke multi-class. Posting 1:18.77, the 15-year-old left nothing in the tank to finish ahead of Jamie-Lee Getson (SB14), who hit the wall in 1:20.93, and Zoe Mackenzie (SB9), who rounded out the podium with bronze in 1:22.88.
Meanwhile, Jack Ireland (S14) claimed his sixth medal of the meet after taking top spot in the men’s 100m butterfly multi-class in 59.54. Not far behind was Daniel Fox (S14), who secured silver in 1:00.45, while Col Pearse (S10) matched his 2019 World Championships effort with bronze in 59.23.
In the non-Championship event of the night – the mixed 4x50m freestyle – the team of Storm, Rowan Crothers, Elyse Woods and Benno Negri claimed bragging rights. In an Australian first, the team consisted of one male and one female Para-athlete, and one male and one female able-bodied athlete.
By Swimming Australia