Ollie Hynd won the battle of the Kirkby brothers as he took his third medal and second gold at the IPC World Swimming Championships in Montreal last night.
Revenge was sweet for Oliver and Sam Hynd, blocking out the top two spots on the podium in the men’s 400m freestyle S8.
Ollie (18) led right from the start (4:27.67), but Sam (4:34:52) had a thrilling race to the wall with bronze medal winner Yinan Wang, of China, who beat the brothers to gold in London 2012.
Sam and Oliver had both earlier won their respective heats to make the final.
But there was no second medal for Mansfield’s Charlotte Henshaw as she ended up eighth and last in the women’s 400m freestyle S8.
USA’s superstar Jessica Long won her second gold of the week in 4:43.76 and looks unstoppable. Long dominated from the start, with Australia’s Maddison Elliott finishing in silver to improve on her bronze from London 2012 and Denmark’s Amalie Vinther smashing her qualifying time by nearly 10 seconds in bronze in a repeat of her Eindhoven 2010 performance.
The day before Ollie Hynd had added the world title to his Paralympic gold from his home games last year in the men’s SM8 200m individual medley, just 24 hours after he took world bronze in the 100m backstroke S8 final which also saw him triumphant over brother and rival Sam in the first of their two pool showdowns.
There was also a bronze medal in the women’s 100m breaststroke SB6 for fellow Mansfield Nova squad swimmer Charlotte on the same day.