Ollie Hynd wins first gold medal at IPC Swimming World Championships

England's Oliver Hynd (right) celebrates victory.
England's Oliver Hynd (right) celebrates victory.

Kirkby’s Paralympic swimmer Ollie Hynd won GB’s first gold medal at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow on Wednesday.

He set a new European record by winning the Men’s SM8 200m individual medley with a time of 2:22:40.

He is also swimming tomorrow (Friday) in the S8 400m freestyle and on Saturday in the S8 100m backstroke.

His success comes on the back of Mansfield swimmer Charlotte Henshaw, who secured a silver medal.

Henshaw bounced back from her 2014 illness misery to twice break her own European 100m breaststroke record in winning a silver medal.

Charlotte had been a medallist in every major International Paralympic Committee Swimming Championship since 2009, apart from 2014, where she unfortunately had to withdraw from the IPC European Championships due to illness.

Having to miss last year’s competition made Charlotte even more determined to collect another major championship medal this year.

In Glasgow, the 28-year-old twice improved her 100m breaststroke European record - 1:37.45 in the morning heats and one minute, 36.94 seconds in the final - but was beaten to by Australian teenager Tiffany Thomas-Kane, who set a new world record to claim gold.

“I knew I was going to have a tough race after this morning,” she said.

“I swam a PB this morning and my real aim was to be relaxed for the final and try and go another best time. That was my aim coming into the meet and I’m so happy to have been able to do it twice.

“It’s great to win a medal at home in front of friends and family.

“It’s a little reminiscent of London and that was a silver medal there so I’m getting a little collection of them now.”

Coach Glenn Smith said: “Ollie bagged Britain’s first Gold medal of the championships with a stunning performance in the Men’s SM8 200m Ind Medley.

“Ollie was defending his title he won in Montreal in 2013, for which he is the current, Paralympic, World, European and Commonwealth Champion.

“He swam a dominant race to take the gold. Together with Charlotte Henshaw’s fantastic silver winning performance on Tuesday night, they have broken three European records in two days.”