Paralympic champion Ollie Hynd MBE landed the British Para-Swimming team’s first Gold medal of the 2015 IPC World Swimming Championships in Glasgow with a European Record on Day Three at Tollcross.
Swimming with the Nova Centurion squad, the 20-year old successfully defended his SM8 200m Individual Medley title and has been untouchable since winning Gold at the European Championships in 2011.
Since then he has claimied the Paralympic title at London 2012, the World Championship title in 2013 and both the European and Commonwealth titles last season.
Hynd dominated the final in Glasgow, lowering his own European marker with a 2:22.40 to finish more than four seconds clear of the rest of the field.
Not content with one, Ollie continued his perfect start to the competition as he clinched his second gold in the S8 400m freestyle with a superb new, but poignant World Record.
Clocking 4:24.32 to defend his World title and finish more than nine seconds clear of the field, Hynd had made no secret of his desire to beat brother Sam’s World Record,
Hynd said: “I’m sure Sam will be happy for me. If he hadn’t have set the standard so high, I wouldn’t have swum so fast tonight and I’m delighted to have been able to achieve what I have.”
Rounding off his Championship campaign, Ollie was back in action on Day Six adding a third medal, an S8 100m Backstroke Bronze. It could’ve easily been a hat-trick of Golds for the Sutton SC swimmer touching in 1:06.08 in a fingertip finish behind the silver medallist in 1:05.81 and World Champion in 1:05.94.
Ollie’s Nova Centurion team-mate, Charlotte Henshaw, smashed her own European record twice to clinch the SB6 100m Breaststroke silver medal on Day 2 of the Championships.
Having initially lowered her marker to 1:37.45 to qualify second fastest from the heats, the Paralympic silver medallist then sliced another .5 seconds off that time as she clocked 1:36.94 in the final.
It took a World Record to stop Sherwood Colliery SC’s Henshaw bagging the Gold in Glasgow.
Henshaw said: “This year has been a massive learning curve for me & I’ve changed a lot of stuff so I’m really excited to put those changes to good effect a full year ahead of Rio 2016; having seen the benefits of those changes, who knows what might happen in the future.”