Sam secures gold!
Mansfield's gold meal haul continues as Sam Hynd takes gold in the S8 400m freestyle at the Paralympics in Beijing, setting a new world record in the process.
Sam's world record time at the Beijing National Aquatics Centre was 4 minutes 26.25 seconds.
Sam, like double gold Olympic medallist Rebecca Adlington, is a member of Mansfield District Council's Swimming Development programme and is coached by the District Council's Swim Coach/Development Officer, Glenn Smith.
2008 has been a record breaking year for Sam.
Firstly he broke Wang Xiaofu's 400m freestyle record at the British Championships in April by almost two seconds and smashed this record at the Paralympic Trials in April – he subsequently broke his own record for a fourth and fifth time at the German Open Championships in Berlin before setting a new record at the Paralympics.
Sam also took a bronze medal in the SM8 200metres individual medley yesterday (Thursday 11 September).
Sam's coach, Mansfield District Council's Swim Coach/Development Officer Glenn Smith, is delighted with the win: "I am so proud of Sam."
"This is fantastic news for the whole Nova Swim Squad in Mansfield and Notts, who can now boast two Olympic/Paralympic champions."
Mansfield's Executive Mayor, Tony Egginton,: "I am thrilled that Sam has secured a gold medal to go with his bronze at his first Paralympic games."
"I have met Sam on several occasions and have been impressed by his sheer dedication demonstrated by the number of hours he spends in the pool each week."
"I am very proud that he has been a part of Mansfield District Council and Notts County Council's Swimming Development programme. I hope his achievement may inspire other young people to achieve success, not only in sport, but in any form of life."
Fellow Nova swim squad member Charlotte Henshaw came fourth in the Women's SB6 100m Breaststroke event.