Australian Crothers beats Matt Cowdrey at Glasgow 2014

Australian teenage swimming sensation Rowan Crothers beat Matt Cowdrey and set an unofficial individual world record at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on Thursday (24 July) with a blistering gold medal winning performance in the men’s freestyle S9. 25 Jul 2014
Three swimmers show their medals to the camera and smile

Gold medallist and world record breaker Rowan Crothers of Australia poses with silver medallist Matthew Cowdrey and bronze medallist Brenden Hall after the medal ceremony of the men's 100m freestyle S9 final at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

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In the first para-swimming event of the Games, the 16-year-old finished in 54.58 to knock 0.37 seconds off his own previous world mark set this April in Brisbane, Australia.

Crothers beat his teammate and Australia’s most decorated Paralympian Matt Cowdrey (56.33), a three-time Paralympic champion in this event, into second. Brenden Hall (56.85) completed the podium for Australia.

In the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, England’s Sophie Thornhill (pilot Helen Scott) took gold in the women’s sprint B2 time trial. The 18-year-old, who was inspired to take up para-cycling by the Beijing 2008 Paralympics, beat Scotland’s Aileen McGlynn OBE (pilot Louise Haston) (2-0 in a best of three) into silver.

The bronze was won by Australia’s Brandie O’Connor (pilot Breanna Hargrave).

On Friday 25 July 2014, there are two para-sport medal events.

In para-cycling, the gold medal will be decided in the men’s 1,000m time trial B2 tandem whilst the women’s 100m freestyle S8 will take place at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre, the same pool incidentally that will stage the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships.

Australia’s Jacqueline Freney, an eight time gold medal winner at London 2012, will start as favourite for gold.

For further information on the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, please visit the Glasgow 2014 website.