Dublin 2018: Great Britain and Italy top the charts on day six19.08.2018
Hosts Ireland win the second medal at the European Championships
Great Britain and Italy took Ukraine’s national anthem’s place as the number one tune played at the National Aquatic Centre on Saturday (18 August), day six of the Dublin 2018 World Para Swimming Allianz European Championships.
The British and Italian swimmers claimed six golds apiece in an evening session with five world records and a second medal for hosts Ireland.
“It is difficult to describe how happy I am right now. I had so much going on this year and it feels so good to break my own world record. The fly is my favourite event, I just love it,” said Applegate.
Ireland’s Nicole Turner won silver giving the hosts their best result at Dublin 2018 so far. The bronze medal went to Ukraine’s Oksana Khrul.
For Toni Shaw it was the first gold in Ireland, in the women’s 400m freestyle S9 (4:42.43), after two silver and two bronze medals in the previous days.
Italy took the first and the last win of the day. For the second day in a row Antonio Fantin won gold and broke a world record. This time in the men’s 100m freestyle S5 (1:07.73).
“The first gold was amazing but I was trying not to think too much about it and have a good night’s sleep to prepare for this race. I am really happy, it was super fantastic,” said Fantin.
Fantin came back for more gold in the mixed 4x50m freestyle relay 20pts alongside Francesco Bocciardo, Arianna Talamona and Arjola Trimi.
Bruinsma makes it again
Boki took his sixth gold in six days after breaking his own three-year-old world record in the 100m freestyle S13 (50.65).
“I am very happy with my performance and the world record. I don’t know if I will win another gold in my final race but I hope so,” he said.
Ukraine near 100 medals
Ukraine won two golds and 17 medals on Saturday to take the total count to 91 with one day to the end of the European Championships.
Germany, Greece, Poland and Spain also topped the podium at the National Aquatic Centre.
Full results and a complete schedule can be found on the Dublin 2018 website.
Sunday (19 August) is the closing day of the Dublin 2018 European Championships with 23 medal events.