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Sep 17 19

‘It was like looking in a mirror’: Cate Campbell can relate to O’Neill

by ZwemZa

Cate Campbell has bounced back from her own disappointment to become a senior leader among the Dolphins.Credit:AP

When Australian swimming icon Susie O’Neill broke down on radio as she watched, for the first time, her 200m butterfly final from the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, there was one athlete that identified with her more than most.

O’Neill was the white-hot favourite to win her pet event at her home Games. The previous night, she had ensured an individual gold medal was already in the bag with victory in the 200m freestyle. As the 200m fly world champion and world record holder, Madame Butterfly would now take flight for her crowning moment.

It didn’t happen. American rival Misty Hyman went out fast and finished even better, with O’Neill unable to run her down over the final stages and winning silver in her final event before retirement at age 27.

For 19 years, the moment had haunted O’Neill, now a morning presenter on Nova in Brisbane and a deputy chef de mission for the Tokyo Games next year. Replaying it would unearth emotions the usually stoic and always grounded O’Neill had buried deep down, long ago.

I’m still trying to find reasons even 19 years later,” she said through tears. “If I could swap my 200m free for this I would, this one was more important. I’m ‘Madame Butterfly’ at this stage, that’s my nickname … this is my race.

“But I knew this is my last race, so this is how it ends. It’s stupid, hey … I know I won all those races, but it’s hard not to be fixated on your last one.”

To be honest, it was almost like looking in a mirror of how I felt immediately post-Rio

Cate Campbell

From her new base in Sydney, freestyle sprint star Cate Campbell watched the footage and swiftly sent O’Neill a message of support. O’Neill had helped Campbell through the depths of her disappointment after the Rio Olympics when, as unbackable favourite for the 100m crown, she faded to miss the medals.

Now Campbell saw in O’Neill the same emotions, the same rationalisations, that she had wrangled with as she tried to come to terms with her own performance on the grandest stage the sport can offer.

“To be honest, it was almost like looking in a mirror of how I felt immediately post-Rio,” Campbell said. “What was really interesting was that the fear of watching it was worse than actually watching it (for her). You can see the emotional scars and the pain that leaves on you.

“All of the things she had done to try and cope, I had done as well. You want to fend it off, you don’t want to face it head on. When we (athletes) fail, we feel it much more deeply than anyone ever could. I hope that people will learn to be kinder from seeing more reactions like this.”

While it was difficult to watch a friend and swimming mentor deal with such an outpouring of emotions so publicly, Campbell also said there was an element of relief in seeing that she wasn’t alone in trying to come to grips with a result that didn’t go as planned.

“I found it very confronting, in her obvious heartbreak,” Campbell said. “But I also found it really validating… I know it’s just a race, all of those things she was saying I know they are true… but the depth of her feelings, I had also felt. It was really comforting to see someone of her stature, even 19 years later, that those feelings are real.”

While it took almost two decades for O’Neill to watch the vision of her event, Campbell made it a relative priority as part of her healing process, which has seen her become one of the formidable racers in the world once more less than a year out from Tokyo.

Preparing for an onslaught of negativity from the public, media and even herself, Campbell wrote down the worst possible scenario from every quarter, then read it over and over again. When she eventually pressed play, she had partly succeeded in numbing the pain.

“I watched my race. I wrote out every thing that I thought other people would say about me, or said about me. I wrote the things I said to myself, then I wrote out all the worst things the public could say about me, then all the things Simon (Cusack, coach) could say about me.

“It was all there on paper and I read through it over and over again and desensitised myself to it. Otherwise, you live with that fear all the time.

“Knowing something and actually believing it are two different things. Just because you say it to yourself doesn’t always mean you believe it. I just had to accept this is what happened. From there, you can move on.”

Campbell has become a beacon for Australian swimming, both in and out of the pool, with her comeback set to turn full circle when she swims in Tokyo next year. For now, the former 100m freestyle world record holder is preparing to take part in the inaugural International Swimming League, where she will compete for the London Roar.

Phil Lutton | The Age

Sep 17 19

Local learner achieves bronze medal at World Deaf Swimming Championships

by ZwemZa

Coach Terence Parkin stands with bronze medalist Pierre Dellieu in front of the swimming pool at the St Vincent School for the Deaf. Photo: Sarah Koning

The St Vincent School for the Deaf in Melrose is proud of Grade 12 learner Pierre Dellieu (21) who achieved a bronze medal at the World Deaf Swimming Championships in Brazil.

Dellieu achieved third place in the 50m freestyle event, breaking the South African and African record for the deaf.

Dellieu is trained by Olympic medallist Terence Parkin and went to the World Deaf Swimming Championships as part of a five-member team from South Africa.

Pierre Dellieu bites his bronze medal from the World Deaf Swimming Championships. Photo: Sarah Koning

The principal of the St Vincent School for the Deaf Ingrid Parkin arranged a hero’s welcome for Dellieu when he returned to school on 2 September.

“I feel very proud and I know how hard Pierre has been training. It’s good for our learners to see that deaf learners can achieve international awards,” said Ingrid.

Grade 8 learner Amkele Qamarana and Slindokuhle Mabanga who matriculated last year, also competed at the event, gaining good exposure and performing well in various races. Terence also participated in the event, achieving fourth place in the 200m breaststroke.

Terence said, “I’m really happy with Pierre’s performance. I encouraged him to work hard mentally. When he swam, all his hard work paid off.”

Dellieu said, “I’m happy that I started training with Terence. I listened well to him. It took time to build my confidence and fitness level. I also suffered from a shoulder injury a few months ago and it was like hell to train. I gymmed and swam every day to build my skills. He’s a good coach and he knows me well. I want to thank him for helping me.”

Dellieu dreams of going to the 2021 world championships and competing at the Olympic Games in 2020. “My goal is to be on top and go to the USA to study further. I would like to become a swimming and sports coach one day,” said Dellieu.

“It means a lot to me that I received this medal since St Vincent’s has never got an award like this before. I showed children that if you work hard, you can achieve.”

Sarah Koning | Rosebank Killarney Gazette


Sep 17 19

Sarah Thomas: Woman first to swim Channel four times non-stop

by ZwemZa

Sarah Thomas dedicated her swim to “all the cancer survivors out there” (Jon Washer)

An American woman has become the first person to swim the English Channel four times non-stop.

Sarah Thomas, 37, began the epic challenge in the early hours of Sunday and finished after more than 54 hours.

The open water ultra marathon swimmer – who completed treatment for breast cancer a year ago – dedicated her swim to “all the survivors out there”.

Ms Thomas was pushed back by strong tides on the final leg but finished on Tuesday at about 06:30 BST.

Only four swimmers had previously crossed the Channel three times without stopping. Before Ms Thomas no-one had ever completed a fourth leg.

Last year she had treatment for breast cancer and her support team said she “used the swimming as her means of coping with the treatment”.

‘Absolutely inspirational’

The swim was due to last about 80 miles but because of the tides Ms Thomas ended up swimming closer to 130 miles.

Official observer Kevin Murphy said: “It is a triumph, she has tested the limits of endurance.

“It is amazing, absolutely inspirational. At the end we were very emotional.”

Ms Thomas celebrated entering the record books, and making dry land at Dover, with champagne and chocolates.

Ms Thomas was swimming non-stop for 54 hours and 10 minutes

She completed her first open-water event in 2007 and first swam across the Channel in 2012 and then again in 2016.

On the eve of the swim, on Saturday night, she admitted in a Facebook post that she was “scared” by the challenge.

She added: “I’ve been waiting for this swim for over two years now and have fought so hard to get here.

“Am I 100%? No. But I’m the best that I can be right now, with what I’ve been through, with more fire and fight than ever.”

BBC News

Sep 17 19

Sarah Thomas closes in on record 4-time swim across English Channel 2 years after Cancer diagnosis

by ZwemZa

Credit: Sarah Thomas/Facebook

“I’ve been waiting for this swim for over two years now and have fought so hard to get here,” said Sarah Thomas

American Sarah Thomas is on the verge of achieving the seemingly impossible: swimming the English Channel four times, non-stop.

The Denver, Colorado athlete is midway through the fourth leg of her epic swim — a feat that is itself a record — having been in the waters between England and northern France since midnight Saturday. By the time she hits the shores of Kent, England late on Monday, it’s expected that Thomas will have swum non-stop for around 50 hours.

“It’s just incredible,” says swim expert Jonathan Cowie from Outdoor Swimmer magazine. “It’s just an epic, epic swim.” (To track her progress, click here.)

More remarkable still, Thomas, 37, is a cancer survivor, having been diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in November 2017.

Throughout her treatment — which included chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation — she used the goal of becoming the first person to complete the 84-mile English Channel quadruple as inspiration.

“I’ve been waiting for this swim for over 2 years now and have fought so hard to get here,” Thomas posted on Facebook ahead of her swim. “Am I 100%? No. But I’m the best that I can be right now, with what I’ve been through, with more fire and fight than ever.”

In order to achieve her dream, Thomas will have to navigate the jellyfish, cargo ships and swirling currents of the world’s busiest shipping lane, while battling the sleep deprivation that comes with being awake for more than two days in water temperatures of 64 degrees.

Eating is also incredibly difficult as the strict rules of cross channel swimming prevent her from touching the side of her support boat or any of its crew — even when she reaches dry land.

“The water isn’t terribly cold but it’s lumpy out there and there’s a bit of wind, so the air isn’t that warm,” team member Elaine Howley — who has been swimming alongside Thomas for support — tells PEOPLE. “Taken altogether it’s a challenging situation.”

Howley continues, “She’s doing marvelously. She had a brief moment of self-doubt at the second turn when she left England the second time to swim to France because it was dark and she thought she was going to land on a beach but she ended up at a sea wall instead.”

“She was a little tired,” Howley adds. “But she had a good solid feed and some warm water, and she got right back into the water by the time the sun came up.”

Thankfully, Thomas has years of marathon swimming experience to fall back on. In March 2019 — just seven months after completing cancer treatment — she swam the Cook Strait between New Zealand’s North and South islands.

Around six months later, on Aug. 10, she also finished a grueling 32-mile, two-way crossing of Colorado’s largest lake, Blue Mesa.

“I’ve never seen a grittier, more resilient personality in my life,” says Howley. “She just guts it out. She decides what she’s going to do, and she follows through. It’s just incredible.”

Despite this, Howley admits that when Thomas landed in France for the second time — a feat only ever achieved by four other swimmers in history — she sighed and said, “Ugh. Now I’ve got to swim back again!”

Midway through the fourth leg of the swim she also told Howley, “I think I’m ready to be done now.”

To help her through these low moments, Thomas is carrying a small pebble from her home lake as “a reminder of home… when it gets hard,” she revealed on Facebook. She also has a large and extremely important community firmly fixed in her mind at all times.

“This swim is dedicated to all the Survivors out there,” she added on Facebook. “This is for those of us who have prayed for our lives, who have wondered with despair about what comes next, and have battled through pain and fear to overcome. This is for those of you just starting your cancer journey and those of you who are thriving with cancer kicked firmly into the past, and for everyone in between. This is for our family and friends who held us in their arms and provided the strength and support we needed in the hardest times. This is for those who struggled alongside us, feeling our pain as if it was their own. I’m holding you all in my heart and swimming for our health and futures. We are stronger together, each and every one of us.”

Phil Boucher | People


Sep 17 19

Australian swimming legend Susie O’Neill breaks down watching her ‘failure’ to win gold at 2000 Olympics

by ZwemZa

19 years ago, the world watched as Australia’s ‘Madame Butterfly’ swam the most important race of her life.

Susie O’Neill was the world record holder and the favourite to win gold in the 200 metre butterfly in front of a home crowd at the Sydney Olympic Games.

She finished second in the final.

The disappointing loss has haunted O’Neill for two decades – so much so that she had never watched it back, until now.

The 46-year-old broke down in tears during a live broadcast on her morning radio show after finally watching the race video.

“I felt like this was my race, home crowd and to come second for me is failure,” she told her audience.

The Aussie swimming legend was the odds-on favourite to claim gold in her pet event at her home Olympics, but was upstaged by 21-year-old American Misty Hyman.
The Aussie swimming legend was the odds-on favourite to claim gold in her pet event at her home Olympics, but was upstaged by 21-year-old American Misty Hyman.Image: Getty

In a breakfast TV exclusive interview with Sunrise, the swimming legend explained why it took her so long to watch the footage

“After that race I was obviously disappointed so I didn’t watch it, I just kind of parked it there, had kids and moved on to other things,” she told Kochie and Nat.

“As part of our radio show I mentioned that I never watched the race because I came second, so the boys suggested I do it on air.”

O’Neill said she was “more surprised than anyone” by her emotional reaction to the video.

“To be honest I thought I would feel nothing. I went into the room and before they even started playing the race I had a physical reaction.”

“Then all this stuff just started pouring out.”

The Nova radio host says she’s a “bit embarrassed” about her reaction, but the media attention has lead a number of supportive messages from fellow athletes.

“A lot of athletes have reached out to me saying ‘you’ve summed it up perfectly’. When the public ridicule us, no one is ridiculing us as much as ourselves.”

O'Neill won gold in the women's 200 meter freestyle the day before her shock butterfly loss.
O’Neill won gold in the women’s 200 meter freestyle the day before her shock butterfly loss.Image: Getty Images

O’Neill, who achieved eight Olympic medals during her time in the pool, said she’s glad to have finally watched the race and now looks back on her sporting career with pride.

“At the time I just didn’t address it, I haven’t been mourning for the last 19 years. I feel really good, I feel great, I feel light, I feel excited about my Sydney Olympics experience now,” she said.

Sep 16 19

This is how powerful a process-based mindset can be

by ZwemZa

Your coach has likely told you to trust and follow the process. Here’s an illustration of just how powerful this mindset can be when it comes to stepping up on the blocks.

I talk a lot about the process in the newsletter, on the blog, in my articles for SwimSwam/USA Swimming, and even over the dinner table.


Because I deeply believe that a process-based approach can help solve a lot of the struggles that swimmers face in the water.

Everything from overthinking, comparison-making, pre-race anxiety, and basically any other mindset hazard that we conjure up to sabotage our swimming.

But what does a process-based approach actually look like?

What does it smell like?

(Chlorine and success, if I had to guess.)

Instead of just talking about how cool being process-focused is, today I wanted to give you an example of what a process-based mindset looks like when compared to an outcome-based mindset.

For our example we have two swimmers.

They are the same height, weight, have the same amount of talent. They go to the same workouts. Give the same effort in training. They even share the same goofy cat memes on the ‘gram that get the same number of likes.

The only difference? One has a process-based mindset and the other has an outcome-based mindset. That’s it.

Our example swimmers both have a clear goal: they want to go 1:50 for the 200 freestyle at the big championship meet.

They’ve been training all season for this opportunity, and in the moments before the start, as they approach the blocks, we get a peek at what’s going on under their swim caps.

Process vs Outcome Mindset in Competition

Okay, the race is over.

Both swimmers are holding onto the wall, panting, looking back at the scoreboard.

Based on the thoughts and mindsets you just read, who do you think was more likely to have swum a 1:50?

Who do you think experienced less anxiety?

Who do you think felt like they were in control of their performance from beginning to end?

A great process takes the result out of the picture

I suspect that one of the main reasons swimmers have a hard time going all in on being process-focused is that it seems counter-intuitive…

I’m going achieve my outcome by not thinking about the outcome? What kind of space magic is this?

Pretty much, yeah.

In the example above, you’ll notice that our process-based swimmer didn’t even think about the time. The final time wasn’t the goal—executing a deadly race was the goal.

From staying loose and relaxed before the race using some simple self-talk (“Loosey goosey”) to reframing anxiety as excitement (“I’m excited to see what I can do here”).

Our process-based swimmer also used performance cues to keep them on point (“Easy speed!”, “Accelerate!”) and some motivational self-talk (“Hulk smash!”) to help nail each part of their race.

The sum of which, we can reasonably guess, was a fast swim. Or at the very least, a swim that came close to what the swimmer is capable of.

They created the outcome they wanted without focusing on the outcome at all. (How is that for some brain Jiu-Jitsu?)

Our outcome-focused swimmer, on the other hand, was mentally all over the place.

He rode a roller coaster of doubt during the race as swimmers around him sped ahead or lagged behind. He focused on what others might be thinking, taking him mentally out of what he was supposed to be focusing on to perform well.

The added anxiety and stress chipped away at performance, and although the swimmer probably felt like they gave a full effort, they likely realize that the time on the scoreboard was well short of their potential.

At the end of the day, the difference in performance wasn’t all about talent. Or who had trained harder at practice. It wasn’t even about who wanted it more.

It came down simply to mindset.

Start by using this mindset in practice

Spend a few minutes before your next practice writing out some simple phrases and performance cues that will keep you process-oriented.

The next time you get a monster set at swim practice, deploy them to help you swim well and fast.

The more often you use this kind of mindset, the less you will find yourself thinking about the things that cause performance to crash in the water.

Things like:

  • The pain of the rest of the set still to come…
  • How fast other swimmers are swimming…
  • Where this practice lines up in relation to your season-end goals…

And so on.

Morale of the fairy tale is pretty simple: If it’s awesome outcomes and results you want, build yourself an awesome process.

About Olivier Poirier-Leroy

Olivier Poirier-Leroy is a former national level swimmer and the author of the books YourSwimBook and Conquer the Pool. He writes all things high-performance swimming, and his articles were read over 3 million times last year. His work has appeared on USA Swimming, SwimSwam, STACK, NBC Universal, and more. He’s also kinda tall and can be found on Twitter.

Sep 16 19

World champion swimmer Michael Chadwick talks ISL and LA Current

by ZwemZa

Michael Chadwick (Digital Journal)

World champion swimmer Michael Chadwick chatted with Digital Journal about competing for the new International Swimming League (ISL) as part of the Los Angeles Current.

On being a part of the LA Current, he said, “It feels awesome. I couldn’t ask for a better team to be a part of in the first year of ISL.”

Chadwick hopes that the ISL can help grow the sport of swimming, where it is not only popular every four years at the Olympics. “It is a really cool time for our sport,” he said.

He had nothing but the greatest remarks about Lenny Krayzelburg for being the General Manager of the team. “It feels awesome. Lenny has done a great job so far and has been great organizing it. Lenny has been a thrill to work with. We are honored to have him leading us,” he said.

Most recently, at the 2019 World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju, Chadwick won a gold medal as part of the 4×100 meter freestyle relay. He subsequently won five medals for Team USA at the Pan American Games in Peru. “It was a busy summer. I have a lot to be thankful for,” he said.

For Chadwick, he acknowledged that he has had a lot of fun doing the “Pebwick Chronicles” videos with fellow swimmer Jacob Pebley.

In April of 2018, Chadwick was interviewed for the YouTube channel of another fellow swimmer named Michael. Catch Michael Chadwick’s interview with Michael Andrew below.

His advice for young and aspiring swimmers is as follows: “I wholeheartedly believe that this is a sport that takes years to grasp. Some of us are great with the ability to let the water be natural to us. I believe that work ethic exceeds talent. Just stick with it, work hard and be dedicated.”

On being a swimmer in this digital age, he said, “It’s different. In the digital age, the sport is changing to swimming having a little bit of a crowd appeal. Our athletes are presented differently. You probably wouldn’t see swimming much in the real world except for on videos or online. ISL is going to be a big push to help bring swimming in the digital age.”

The title of the current chapter of his life is: “Trusting the process and believing that God has bigger plans.”

If he weren’t a freestyle swimmer, he shared that he would love to swim the individual medley (IM). “I would enjoy to go back to the individual medley,” he said.

To learn more about American swimmer Michael Chadwick, follow him on Instagram.

Sep 16 19

Day 7, World Women’s Junior Water Polo Championship: Russia takes back-to-back gold

by ZwemZa

Photo credit: Duarte Paulini

Russia won Netherlands 11-5 for its second straight FINA World Women’s Junior Water Polo Championship crown at the Olympic Swimming Complex in Funchal (POR).

Six victories out of six matches, from group stage to the final, gave gold to Russian junior team, which is now a triple champion, having won in 2009, 2017 and 2019.

In this edition, Russian players where the strongest and took back-to-back gold. Russia had won the previous edition of the tournament, held in Volos (GRE) in 2017.

Evgeniia Golovina (RUS) was named the championships’ best goalkeeper and Netherland’s Simone van de Kraats the Most Valuable Player. Margarita Pystina (RUS) was the top scorer.

Italy clinched the bronze medal by winning Greece 9-8. Italian players did a great job to stand on the podium next to Russia and Netherlands.

An extra effort allowed Spain surpass United States 9-10 for 5th place. Hungary beat China 12-7 for seventh place, with Kamilla Farago netting four goals.

Individual awards

Best player: Simone van de Kraats (NED)

Top scorer: Margarita Pystina (RUS)

Best goalkeeper: Evgeniia Golovina (RUS)

Final rankings

1. Rusia

2. Netherlands

3. Italy

4. Greece

5. Spain

6. United States

7. Hungary

8. China

9. Australia

10. Canada

11. Brazil

12. South Africa

13. Japan

14. New Zealand

15. Kazakhstan

16. Portugal

Sunday schedule

Classification 7-8

Match 45, 16:00, CHINA 7 HUNGARY 12

Classification 5-6

Match 46, 17:20, UNITED STATES 9 SPAIN 10

Classification 3-4

Match 47, 18:40, ITALY 9 GREECE 8

Classification 1-2

Match 48, 20:00, NETHERLANDS 5 RUSSIA 11

Lucia Santiago, FINA Press Correspondent from Portugal

Sep 16 19

‘Racing myself is one of the toughest things’: Swimmer Alice Tai forced to find motivation from within for Tokyo Paralympics

by ZwemZa

Alice Tai has won seven gold medals in London (Getty Images)

Alice Tai installed herself among the front runners to become the British standout star at next year’s Paralympics Games in Tokyo by finishing as the most decorated athlete at the 2019 para-swimming world championships on Sunday night.

Ominously, she believes improvements can be made despite five individual titles and double relay gold. But such is the complexity of the sport’s classification system and the distance she already finds herself ahead in certain events, the 20-year-old accepts motivation will have to come largely from within.

“Para swimming can be quite confusing sometimes. Obviously people go through the classification process,” said Tai, one of the Telegraph Tokyo Eight whose progress we are tracking in the build-up to next year’s Games.

“I love a good grit-your-teeth-and-get-into-it sort of race. And I did have a few of those last week. But I’d love to have some strong competition in my main backstroke event. If I’m going to hit best times then I’m going to need people pushing me. Racing myself is probably one of the toughest things for me.”

According to new International Paralympic Committee rules, all competitors are required to go through international classification before the 2020 Games, leading to various impacts for swimmers and outcry from others.

British Paralympic champion Oliver Hynd, for example, was moved to compete against less-impaired swimmers and failed to qualify for the worlds.

Tai, born with bilateral tilapes (club feet), competes as an S8 swimmer after being classed down from the S10 category she made her Paralympic debut in at Rio 2016 and where she won 100m backstroke bronze.

One of her new rivals is America’s multiple Paralympic champion Jessica Long, an S8 swimmer her whole life and who has admitted her motivation has been affected by the new changes which has left her category notably tougher with new athletes coming across. Tai beat Long in four finals in London – the 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 100m butterfly and 400m freestyle – while the Briton’s fifth individual title came in the 50m freestyle final, which Long did not reach.

The butterfly was the closest with Tai triumphing by 0.02 seconds. But perhaps tellingly for Tokyo, Tai’s 400m freestyle victory – by over two seconds – brought an end to third-placed Long’s ten-year winning streak. The 100m freestyle was won by a similar margin and Tai succeeded in her favoured backstroke event by an astonishing 8.33 seconds.

“Regardless of where I sit within the system and who my competitors are, I’m still striving for PBs,” says Tai in response to whether she is now favourite for multiple golds in 2020.

“In sport, bettering yourself is how it works. Whatever success comes out of self improvement is reward for hard work. “I’d like to think my swims can improve for Tokyo and multiple medals are achievable. But nothing is set in stone, I could get disqualified in the heats or finals.”

Victory in the final race of the meet on Sunday night – the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay featuring Tai – elevated Great Britain to second behind Italy in the final medal table with 19 golds and 47 podium finishes in total.

The Telegraph


Sep 16 19

Tai wins seventh gold on final night at World Para Swimming Championships

by ZwemZa

Alice Tai finished on top of the individual standings with seven golds (Getty Images)

Britain’s Alice Tai claimed her seventh gold medal as eight world records tumbled on a thrilling final night at the World Para Swimming Championships in London.

Tai joined Stephanie Millward, Brock Whiston and Toni Shaw to secure the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay 34 points crown in the last event of the Championships at the Aquatics Centre on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The British team won in 4min 23.86sec to oust squads from the United States and Canada.

The result saw 20-year-old Tai leapfrog Belarusian star Ihar Boki on the individual medal standings.

Boki, an 11-time Paralympic champion, clocked 23.30sec to secure the men’s 50m freestyle S10 title, his sixth of the competition.

He touched the wall ahead of the Uzbekistan duo of Islam Aslanov and Muzaffar Tursunkhujaev, who took silver and bronze, respectively.

Italian Simone Barlaam concluded his successful outing by winning two gold medals to extend his personal haul to five.

Barlaam broke the world record on his way to victory in the men’s 50m freestyle S9, clocking 24.00 to lower his own mark by 0.39.

Denis Tarasov of Russia finished 1.14 seconds adrift in silver medal position, while bronze went to Barlaam’s compatriot Simone Ciulli.

Barlaam was a member of the men’s 4x100m freestyle 34 points team which claimed gold ahead of Ukraine and Australia.

Whiston and Reece Dunn ensured a fitting finale to the Championships for the host nation as both won gold in their respective events in a world record time.

Whiston broke her own women’s 100m breaststroke SB8 world record, touching in 1min 13.83sec.

The Briton was streets ahead of the rest of the field, with Katarina Roxon of Canada over eight seconds behind in silver.

Ellen Keane of Ireland did enough for bronze.

Dunn followed in his compatriot’s footsteps as he sealed gold in the men’s 100m butterfly S14 in 54.46, knocking over a second off the previous global mark, held by bronze medallist Dai Tokairin of Japan.

American Lawrence Sapp finished second to claim silver.

Whiston and Dunn’s triumphs came as world records were broken in four consecutive finals.

Valeriia Shabalina of Russia clocked 1:03.68 to clinch gold in the women’s 100m butterfly S14 as Britain’s Jessica-Jane Applegate, who saw her world record broken, was forced to settle for silver.

Efrem Morelli of Italy completed the record-breaking sequence by winning the men’s 50m breaststroke SB3 in 47.49.

China’s Liu Daomin won the women’s breaststroke SB6 in 1:29.87, breaking her own world record.

Ukraine’s Andrii Trusov finished the men’s 50m freestyle S7 in a world record 27.07 to beat Sergei Sukharev of Russia and team mate Yevhenii Bohodaiko.

Lisette Bruinsma of the Netherlands was the last swimmer of the event to lower a global mark as she clocked 5:02.19 to triumph in the women’s 400m freestyle S11.

Italy ended the event on top of the medal table with 50, including 20 golds.

Britain were second on 19 golds in a total haul of 47, while Russia picked up 18 golds and 54 overall.

Liam Morgan | Inside the Games

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