Nova Centurion swimmer Oliver Hynd was among the medallists at the British Gas Swimming Championships in Sheffield – picking up bronze in the MC 400m freestyle.
Hynd, of Kirkby, who swam to silver in the same event in the S8 class at London 2012, clocked a time of 4:31.14 minutes for a total of 945 points.
But it was Josef Craig who took the gold with a new world record for the S7 class.
The race also featured Hynd’s brother Sam, who finished fifth, and now the 18-year-old wants to build on his efforts in London by going one better at the World Championships in Montreal in August.
“It was a hard race but my time was good and it was lot quicker than the heats in the morning, I wanted to come in and progress and I was happy to do that,” said Hynd.
“It is a little bit slower than I went at trials when I was rested and I certainly wasn’t rested for this meet at all, but that is a good time for where I am.
“I want to move that on again at Worlds and I will keep that going between now and then and it will be interesting to see what happens once we are rested.
“I got a silver in London and it would be good to build on that. I will be racing my brother which will be interesting. It is good fun and he is always going to be a tough competitor.”
Meanwhile, Charlotte Henshaw, of Mansfield, has set her sights firmly on the podium in Montreal, even if she didn’t set the world alight in Sheffield.
Henshaw failed to make it through the heats of the 200m IM but in her favoured event, the 100m breaststroke, she ended up second, in a time of 1:40.86.
“My aim in the medley was to really work the breaststroke leg so I could really put myself in a good position ahead of the 100 breaststroke,” said the 26-year-old, who scooped silver at London 2012.
“I would like to win a medal at worlds, it’s what everybody aims for. If you are even on the team for British team you are in with a shout because that’s how difficult it is to get on the team.
“I’m looking to go out there and replicate my form from the Games, which is always difficult the year after a Games because you have time out and then build up to full training again.
“It will be my second worlds. I went to Eindhoven in 2010 and broke the world record there in the morning and then unfortunately got pipped to the silver in the afternoon. So I would like to win my first world title. I was European champion in 2009 but it would nice to swim away with a world title.”
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