Kirkby swim ace Ollie Hynd completed his set of gold medals in the Glasgow pool on Monday night and he admitted life could not be much better just at the moment.
The 19-year-old proved too strong for his rivals in the SM8 200m medley final, storming to Commonwealth gold in a time of 2:22.86 minutes.
Hynd, who won Paralympic gold in 2012 and doubled up with two more at last year’s World Championships, held off the challenge of two Australians in Jesse Aungles and Blake Cochrane to complete the set.
And, having also won European gold in 2011, Hynd was all smiles after collecting his latest bit of silverware to add to his growing collection that also includes an MBE.
“I was really happy with my race – I was able to drop a lot of time from the morning, which is what I came in wanting to do,” he said.
“I was pretty much on best time too so to do that in a race situation is really pleasing. I’ve completed the set now and got all the golds – it’s a goal I’ve been striving for all year and to finally get that moment is fantastic.
“It’s just a stepping stone – I had my goals this year that I wanted to achieve but in the long run I’m looking towards the Rio 2016 Paralympics.
“This is the halfway mark and I know what I need to improve on. My main focus is definitely Rio.
“It’s every athlete’s main goal and we’re two years out now so need to start putting plans in place.”
Indeed the only thing evading Hynd in the 200m medley is the world record – that still belongs to Australian Peter Leek who set a time of 2:20.92 in Beijing back in 2008.
But Hynd is confident that it is a matter of when, not if, he break’s Leek’s record.
“I didn’t quite get the world record, which would’ve been nice but I’ll get another shot at it so hopefully next time,” he added.
“I’m just going to keep trying to improve and when that record comes, it comes. I keep motivated by that feeling of standing on the podium while the national anthem plays, which never gets old.
“It did help having only this event to focus on here – I was really focused on the medley and we picked out a few things in my stroke and my turns that we could improve on.
“In terms of training I’ve really benefited from a narrow focus. I’ve got the European Championships coming up and hopefully I’ll swim even faster then.”
Hynd becomes the first Paralympian to hold all four major titles and only the third swimmer alongside David Wilkie and local swim colleague Becky Adlington.
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