Commonwealth titles for Taylor and Hynd in Glasgow

28th July 2014

Sophie Taylor and Ollie Hynd won their first Commonwealth Games titles on a day that saw English swimmers secure five medals in the pool at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

After just missing out on the medals in the 50m Breaststroke, Taylor had an incredibly strong final 25m to touch first and secure the 100m Breaststroke title.

The 18-year old touched in a British record 1:06.35, almost a second faster than Australia’s Lorna Tonks (1:07.34).

Taylor said: “I just wanted to prove I could get a medal, even if it was bronze or silver, I just wanted a medal. I saw the end in sight and I knew I was gaining on Alia [Atkinson] so I just thought I’m going to give it my all and found a sudden burst of energy.

“It meant everything after just missing out on a medal in the 50m Breaststroke and not even making the final on the 200m, so I knew that I had to make a comeback to get my mind refocused and get positive again. To come away with a gold medal and a British record means a lot to me.

“Everyone is bouncing off each other, everyone is really positive. It’s been a good week for England.”

Paralympic and IPC World champion Ollie Hynd dominated the SM8 200m Individual Medley to win the title in 2:22.86 and complete his 200IM gold medal set. The 19-year old is only the third British swimmer to complete the hat-trick.

Hynd, who is at his debut Commonwealth Games, said: “I’m really happy with that swim. I’ve completed the gold medal set now, which is really good.

“It would have been nice to get the world record but it wasn’t to be today. I’ll get another shot at it so hopefully next time.  I’m just going to try and improve and when it comes, it comes.

“The feeling you get standing on the podium and hearing the national anthem never gets old. When it’s hard in training and you don’t feel like getting up, you think to those moments and it’s all worth it.”

Aimee Willmott secured her second silver of the week clocking 2:08.07 in the 200m Butterfly.

Willmott turned first on the final 50m but couldn’t quite hold on and touched half a stroke behind Audrey Lacroix of Canada (2:07.61). She said: “It’s great to add another silver medal as I knew that race was always going to be tough. I went in there to win it and I’m happy with the time, so I can’t really complain.

“Lacroix swam incredibly well, she was on one side and I was on the other so we both probably didn’t see each other at all. I think if we were in the middle it would have been a battle to the finish, but it was close anyway and I’m just happy to come away with a medal.

“In September the 200m Fly wasn’t even an event I was considering doing but over the year I’ve progressed on it for my 400 IM and it all fell into place. It’s an event I’m taking more seriously now.”

In the 50m Breaststroke Adam Peaty was 0.02 seconds away from claiming his second Breaststroke title.

The City of Derby swimmer touched in a British record 26.78 to take silver behind World record holder Cameron Van der Burgh (26.76). Australian Christian Springer was third in 27.46.

Peaty said: “I’m delighted to have come away with a medal. I went in ranked first but I knew the other guys were going to be strong so I knew I was going to have a tough race on my hands.”

Adam Barrett swam a lifetime best to add 100m Butterfly bronze to his 4x100m Freestyle bronze medal.

Barrett came from behind to clock 51.93 behind Joseph Schooling (51.69). Teammate James Guy touched in 52.63 for sixth.   

In the 100m Freestyle Fran Halsall posted 53.99 to finish just outside the medals in fourth.

Ben Proud shaved 0.10 seconds off his British record to ease into the final of the men’s 50m Freestyle with a time of 21.76. He said: “I got through to the final which is what I wanted to do but I’m chuffed with a 21.7 time.

“Race wise I’ve still got a lot more. When we’re all in the pool tomorrow going for that gold it’s going to bring something new out which will be great.”
Adam Brown also made it through to the final, posting 22.55 for eighth.
In the other semi-final of the night Lauren Quigley and Lizzie Simmonds both progressed into the final of the 50m Backstroke. Quigley touched in an English record 27.72 to go through as second fastest while Simmonds posted a season’s best 28.63 to go through in seventh.
Earlier in the day Daniel Fogg (15:10.88) and Jay Lelliott (15:11.89 PB) booked their places in tomorrow’s 1500m Freestyle final, while Max Litchfield took five seconds off his lifetime best to finish twelfth in a time of 15.33.87.  

Fogg said: “I’m pretty happy with that. I felt really comfortable down the first half of the race, then it started speeding up towards the end but that’s natural in the 1500m. I wasn’t all in so I’ve hopefully saved a bit back for tomorrow night.

“I know it’s going to take a PB to get a medal but I think I’m capable of that in the final.”