It’s been an exceptional seven days of racing for the Australian Dolphins Swim Team at the 2015 IPC World Championships in Glasgow, with the final night of competition seeing the team take home a further seven medals, including another gold, to complete the competition with a total of 30-medals – including nine gold, eight silver and thirteen bronze.
Head coach Brendan Keogh praised the Dolphins saying the team has had an exceptional World Championships, with the staging camp in Manchester playing a vital role.
“We’ve had some phenomenal swims, our rookies have shown they’re prepared to step up in a pressured situation and our experience swimmers have led a group of athletes to gold medals and world records,” said Keogh.
“The race preparation we’ve had has played a huge part in this success, spending 10-days in Manchester prior to Glasgow allowed the coaching group to form suitable race plans and fine-tune techniques.”
In a final show down Ellie Cole, Madeleine Scott, Maddison Elliott and Lakeisha Patterson displayed the kind of team spirit that has bonded this team together, winning silver in the women’s 34-point medley relay after Elliott’s fourth individual gold earlier in the night.
Cole was first in the water starting the team off with backstroke, before Scott took over finishing the breaststroke leg with a lead on Great Britain before Elliott carried out the butterfly.
Taking the team home was Patterson who stormed to the finish line for Australia but and in a stroke-for-stroke finish it was Great Britain (4:52.89) who edged out the Dolphins (4:53.88) to take the gold with Russia taking third place in 4:56.66.
Cole spoke highly of the relay team and congratulated the Dolphins on a successful week.
“We’ve really come together as a team over this past week and to finish it off with the medley relay set the team spirit at an all-time high, everyone has achieved a huge amount of success and I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of the Aussie Dolphins,” Cole said.
Defending world champion Elliottdid not disappoint in the 50m freestyle S8 final reclaiming her title and taking home her fourth gold medal for the meet in 30.52.
Lakeisha Patterson finished in a close second nabbing the silver in 31.52 with Olesia Vladykina from Russia (31.65) winning bronze.
To conclude her world championship success, Tiffany Thomas-Kane walked away with her fourth medal for the meet winning bronze in the women’s 100m freestyle S6.
Thomas-Kane touched the wall in an Oceania record time of 1:15.05 to grab the medal behind Ukrainian pair Yelyzaveta Mereshko who broke the world record in 1:12.21 and Vikoriia Savtsova (1:14.44) with the bronze.
Taylor Corry had a glowing finish to her world championships campaign picking up the bronze medal in the women’s 100m backstroke S14 soaring to the finish line in 1:09.52.
Tim Antalfy glided to the finish line in the men’s 100m butterfly S13 clocking 57.58 to take home the bronze medal behind Ihar Boki whopicked up his sixth gold medal for the meet in a world record time of 54.44. Russian Roman Makarov (57.52) secured the silver with Rookie Dolphin Braedan Jason finishing in 59.80 claiming seventh overall.
Finishing off their first world championships Guy Harrison-Murray broke the Oceania record in the men’s 400m freestyle S10 touching the wall in 4:18.30, while Monique Murphy shaved 0.35 seconds off her personal best time finishing in 4:43.24 to take sixth place.
With over 12-years experience on the Dolphins team Matthew Levy showed no signs of slowing down as he swiftly made his way to the wall collecting the bronze medal in the men’s 50m freestyle S7 in 28.71.
In the men’s 200m individual medley SM9 Brendan Hall finished in 2:25.97 and Braedan Jason wasright behind him in 2:26.22, with the pair finishing in sixth and seventh place respectively.
Blake Cochrane ranks fifth in the world in the men’s 50m freestyle S8 after finishing in 27.79, while Madeleine Scott (2:40.50)shaved milliseconds off her personal best time in the women’s 200m individual medley to finish in a close fourth behind Ellen Keane taking out the bronze in 2:40.31.
New South Wales based swimmer Prue Watt stepped onto the blocks for the women’s 100m butterfly S13 final to finish in seventh place with a time of 1:10.60. Daniel Fox (1:06.22)was up next in the men’s 100m backstroke S14 to touch the wall in eighth place.
The Dolphins swam 47 personal best times, 75 season bests, set three new world records and won a total of 30 medals; nine (9) gold, eight (8) silver and thirteen (13) bronze.
The 2015 IPC World Championships ran from July 13 to 19 at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow with over 550 athletes competing from nearly 70 countries.
By Swimming Australia