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Britain Wins The Fight For Second Place On The Final Night Of Swimming Euros
Saturday was the night for the British team on the seventh day of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Swimming European Championships. God Save The Queen, Britain's national anthem, rang out five times as swimmers Oliver Hynd, Jonathan Fox, Susannah Rodgers, Rhiannon Henry and the women's Medley team swam to victory.
Ukraine also consolidated their massive lead, winning 6 gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze medals
In 26 medal events on Saturday evening, nine records were broken. In total 31 world and 28 European records have now been rewritten in Berlin.
In the Women's 200m Individual Medley SM8, British crowds went wild as Emma Hollis (2:59.46) finished second ahead of Germany's Stefanie Weinberg (2:59.53) in a close battle for silver medal. But Russia's European-record-holder Olesya Vladykina (2:46.39) dominated the race, finishing well ahead in pole position.
Ukraine's European-record-holder Dmytro Vynohradets (3:32.81) also dominated the Men's 200m Freestyle S3, coming first, far ahead of Russia's Andrey Meshcheryakov (3:48.87) and Spain's Miguel Angel Martinez (3:54.65) who came second and third respectively.
In the Women's 200m Freestyle S3, Ukraine's Annke Sviderska (4:25.83) smashed the European record to take gold and her teammate Olena Istomina (4:35.27) took silver. Germany's Annke Conradi (4:58.10) delighted home crowds by winning the bronze medal.
France's European-record-holder Elodie Lorandi (1:09.86) powered to the finish line in the Women's 100m Butterfly S10 to take gold. Behind her was one of the closest finishes of the competition so far with Spain's Isabel Yinghua Hernandez (1:12.01) just having the edge over Poland's Katarzyna Pawlik (1:12.04), who took bronze.
The Women's 100m Freestyle S7 was a bitter struggle between Germany's European-record-holder Kirsten Bruhn (1:12.65) and newcomer Great Britain's Susannah Rodgers (1:12.10), but in the end Rodger's new talent prevailed and she took gold. Ukraine's Ani Palian (1:12.66) won bronze.
Russia's Oxana Savchenko (59.38) bettered her own world record by 0.09 seconds in the Women's 100m Freestyle S12. Her teammate Darya Stukalova (1:00.28) came in second and Germany's teenage star Naomi Maike Schnittger (1:02.49) was in bronze position.
In the Women's 100m Freestyle S6 horns were bellowing and crowds were screaming as the Netherlands' Mirjam de Koning-Peper (1:16.21) and Great Britain's world-record-holder Eleanor Simmonds (1:16.35) swam the race neck and neck. Crowds held their breath to watch the scoreboards, but Simmonds was beaten by just 0.14 seconds to take silver. Simmonds' teammate Natalie Jones won the bronze medal.
The Women's 50m Backstroke S2 was a family affair for the Ukrainians, with the team taking all three medal positions. Ganna Ielisavetska (1:06.97) also smashed her own world record. Iryna Sotska (1:12.75) and Darya Kopayeva (1:16.25) took silver and bronze respectively.
In the first two lengths of the Women's 200m Freestyle S5 Norway's Sarah Louise Rung and Spain's Teresa Perales were neck and neck, but on the third length, Rung (2:47.56) took the lead and powered to the finish. Perales (2:58.14) finished second and Israel's Inbal Pezaro (3:00.63) took bronze.
Germany's world-record-holder Daniela Schulte (2:55.36) dominated the Women's 200m Individual Medley SM11. Her main rival, Italy's schoolgirl star Cecilia Camellini (3:09.52), who has been concentrating on passing her final school exams this year, came second. France's Stephanie Douard (3:13.45) took bronze.
Great Britain's Rhiannon Henry (1:00.95) won the Women's 100m Freestyle S13. Ukraine's Iryna Bulashova (1:02.72) came second and Spain's Marta Mart Gomez Batelli (1:07.86) took bronze.
Alcaraz's teammate European-record-holder Serai Gascon (1:10.63) swam a determined race in the Women's 100m Butterfly S9 to snatch gold from the British duo Stephanie Millward (1:11.62) and Claire Cashmore (1:12.07) who took silver and bronze respectively.
By the medley relays, Ukraine had consolidated its position by winning seven gold, four silver and three bronze medals. Spain and Britain had won four gold medals each, which meant Spain needed to win both relays to secure second place.
It was the women's British team (4:52.40) that shone in the Women's 400 Medley Relay 34 pt, taking gold and securing a new world record. Russia (5:06.82) came second and Spain (5:08.70) took bronze.
On day seven of the IPC Swimming European Championships, Ukraine was still in the lead with 41 gold, 37 silver and 27 bronze medals. Britain was in second position with 27 golds and Spain was in third place with 25 golds.