Eindhoven 2014: Day two athlete flashquotes

Great Britain won three gold medals in the morning session at the Eindhoven 2014 IPC Swimming European Championships. 06 Aug 2014
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Male swimmers start a race at the 2014 IPC Swimming European Championships

Athletes begin their race at the 2014 IPC Swimming European Championships in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

ⒸKees-Jan van Overbeeke
By IPC

“It’s my first race and it’s my birthday so I couldn’t ask for a better present either.”

Morning session

Stephanie Millward, Great Britain, European champion, women’s 400m freestyle S9, speaking to Channel 4

“That was a really good race for me. It was really close to my PB [personal best] and I was quite proud of it, quite impressed. And it felt really quite easy, which is a good start to the Europeans, so hopefully I’ll swim well in all the other races too.

On teammate and competitor Amy Marren: “She is so good as well. I was always going to use her for the first 200m and then make my own way if I had anything less and I was using her as my pace so it was perfect. It worked wonderfully.

“I’ve got the 100m backstroke on Saturday [9 August] which I’m really looking forward too.”

Hannah Russell, Great Britain, European champion, women’s 100m backstroke S12

“I am absolutely amazed. I never realised, with my class and being visually impaired I had no idea where I was in the race. I tried to keep it together and what I’ve been doing in training, obviously it’s paid off. So it’s fantastic.

“I’ve come away as a European champion, it’s a dream come true. I’m really, really pleased.

“It’s my first race and it’s my birthday so I couldn’t ask for a better present either.”

Oliver Hynd, Great Britain, European champion, men’s 400m freestyle S8

“I’m really happy to be here and to get to swim my races. Really happy with the outcome. I stuck to my race plan and it all went well.

“The 200m medley tomorrow is my best race so hopefully I can have some more success there.”

Cecilia Camellini, Italy, European Champion, women’s 100m backstroke S11

“I feel not very well because I am ill. I had a fever yesterday evening.

“I hope for better times in my next races.”

Federico Morlacchi, Italy, European champion, men’s 400m freestyle S9

“I am happy. European champion, first race of the meeting, so I am happy.”

Sarah-Louise Rung, Norway, European champion, women’s 100m breaststroke SB4

“I am happy with it being gold. I broke the record two weeks ago but I was hoping to go a second faster. I am pleased. It’s my second best time so I am pleased with the race.”

Ricardo Ten, Spain, European champion, men’s 100m breaststroke SB4

“I am very, very happy. The European champion!”

Amalie Vinther, Denmark, European champion, women’s 400m freestyle S8

“I think it was a tough race and it was good competitors but it was great. It was fantastic.

“I did not expect to win because there are some tough swimmers.”

Eindhoven 2014 gathers around 380 swimmers from 37 countries just two years away from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Evening session

Spanish coach, European champions, mixed 4x50m relay 20 points

“It was really hard fight against Russia. It was really nice. The four members of the team made their best time and they are competing better in relays than in individual events so that is really great for the team.

“We expected to come second.”

Sascha Kindred, Great Britain, European Champion, men’s 50m butterfly S6

“Really happy to win the race. I went in there to try and perform my best and I managed to win the race. I’m a little bit disappointed with my time but I won the race and it will keep the youngsters on their toes, so I’m happy about that!

“Four more races to go, so I’ll just give it my best shot and see what happens.”

Arjola Trimi, Italy, European champion, women’s 50m freestyle S4

“I’m really happy, I didn’t expect it but I trained very hard.”

Kirsten Bruhn, Germany, European champion, women’s 100m breaststroke SB5

“It was not as easy as I had hoped. In the morning it was long and easy and relaxed so I tried to get under 38 seconds.”

Karl Forsman, Sweden, European champion, men’s 100m breaststroke SB5

“I knew I was the best swimmer today. I just had to prove it to everybody. I am not so pleased with the time but the victory is even better.

“The other races are just a bonus. I am still new, I am still here to learn.”

Tickets are still available at www.eindhoven2014.com, as well as high quality photos of the event on request from [email protected]

All morning and evening sessions are being livestreamed at ParalympicSport.TV and live results are available at the the event website.

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