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Sam's on top of the world... again!

Paralympic Gold Medalist, Sam Hynd (17) showed that his success in Beijing was no fluke, when he smashed three World and five European records at the DSE National Short Course Championships in Sheffield over weekend 1st/2nd November 2008.

Sam, swimming in the S8 category, took an amazing six Gold medals and was crowned the top male competitor for the championships.
Sam Hynd with his Gold and Bronze medals from the 2008 Paralympics

Sam re-wrote the record books in his favoured 400m Freestyle to shave almost four seconds off his own world record of 4.24 set in the Paralympic Final, coming home in 4.20.4 - an amazing swim. And not to be satisfied with this event, Sam went on to set a new world best in the SB8 50m Breaststroke and another World record in the 100m Individual Medley event. A further milestone was set in the SM8 200m Individual Medley where he swam a new European record of 2.28.18, followed by another European Record in the 100m Freestyle.

This is quite an astonishing set of results for the Mansfield Nova swimmer who at just 17 years-old is now firmly established as one of the stars of British Disability swimming, if not world disability swimming.

Sam only returned to the pool six weeks ago after winning the S8 category 400m Freestyle in Beijing, but it was like he had never been away. Although he is firmly setting his sites on glory in London 2012, he has a more immediate goal of medals at the World Short Course Championships in Brazil next year.

The weekend was also a busy one for the rest of the Mansfield/Nova Squad, as they were competing in the Midland ASA Short Course Championships in Leicester. The squad acquitted themselves well, and was a good experience for the younger members of the squad some of whom were competing in their first senior Midland competition. The squad came away with three medals:

Sebastian Smith--Sliver, Junior Boys 50m Backstroke

Alice Thomas--Bronze, Senior Women's 100m Breaststroke and Bronze, Senior Women's 4x100m Medley Team

Amelia Taylor--Bronze, Junior Girls 50m Backstroke

There were a number of other good performances, and shows that the squad is moving in the right direction at this early stage of the season.

All the Mansfield Nova squad members are part of the Mansfield District Council Swimming Development Programme based at Water Meadows, overseen by the Council's chief swim coach, Glenn Smith.

Sam Hynd will join double-Olympic Gold medallist, Rebecca Adlington in receiving the Freedom of Mansfield at a glittering event this Friday evening, 7th November.

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