World Para-swimming Championships: Brock Whiston wins gold with world record

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By Elizabeth Hudson
BBC Sport in London
Brock Whiston denied Excellent Britain team-mate Alice Tai a gold medal at the World Para-swimming Championships having a world record victory from the SM8 200m individual medley.
Tai, who has swept all before her this week, explained the medley as a”bonus occasion” on her program and was fourth.
Whistonin her first big championship, beat American Jessica Long into second.
She took the entire album of the American.
There were silvers on the evening of action for Reece Dunn, Ellie Robinson and Bethany Firth.
This means GB possess 39 awards, such as 15 golds.
Whiston has hemiplegia, that induces weakness down the side of her own body and has been a talented swimmer in non-disabled contest before she realised she had been qualified for Para-swimming.
“When I was around 15 I had been starting to find things difficult in coaching and was suffering with a great deal of dislocations in my shoulder,” she told BBC Sport.
“We had been nationals a couple of years ago and one of those English Para-swimming staff asked me if I’d ever wondered para-swimming, which I had not.
“I watched Ellie Simmonds’s 400m freestyle race in London 2012 and also to be here in her footsteps is just incredible.”
Whiston’s strength is her breaststroke and despite turning 10 minutes behind Tai into the breaststroke leg, then it took her less than 25m to reevaluate her team-mate and have a lead which she never looked like losing.
She completed in two moments 35.30 seconds, beating Long’s old mark, set at the US Paralympic trials in 2012 by 0.7secs.
“To have raced Jess and Alice, a couple of the greatest swimmers in this category, and come off with a gold is great,” she added.
“I don’t think it’s sunk . Jess’s world record was amazing and to now maintain it, I can not ask for much more in my first key championship.”
While Tai explained that she was happy with her screen, whiston, who was also a part of the medley relay on Friday, goes on Sunday in the 100m breaststroke where she’s favourite to get a third golden.
“I know Brock has got an insanely powerful breaststroke so my coach’s game plan was’Move out tough and if you perish, at least die trying!’ And that is precisely what happened,” she said.
“Halfway down the breaststroke legI could not feel my entire body and when I turned onto the freestyle I thought’oh dear’.
“But I have not trained to the medley – that I don’t train breaststroke at all and fourth is really a fantastic outcome.”
Paralympic winner Robinson watched her S6 50m butterfly world record of 35.22secs disappear at the hands of 14-year-old Chinese rival Yuyan Jiang who was winning her third gold of the week.
The 18-year-old from Northampton has vowed to utilize the defeat to market her on.
“I am really, really frustrated, not with forthcoming second, but my time wasn’t as near my PB since I would want it to be,” she said after completing 35.61secs with Jiang clocking 34.86.
“I knew it would be quite difficult since the Chinese woman has done very well here but I will go out and use it as inspiration.
“She’s not too far front of me and hopefully I can use it in order to question myself more in training. Possessing that threat is nice but today I want to place myself at the ideal place for Tokyo so if we stand around the cube no one knows who will win.”
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