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Para-swimming World Championships: GB end Para-swimming Worlds with 19 golds

Great Britain’s Alice Tai capped a superb week with her seventh gold at the Para-swimming World Championships.

Tai teamed up again with Steph Millward, Toni Shaw and Brock Whiston as the quartet won the 4x100m freestyle relay – their second relay title.

It was a fourth gold for Whiston, who had earlier won the SM8 100m breaststroke in a new world record.

There were also final-day golds for Reece Dunn (S14 100m butterfly) and Tully Kearney (S5 100m freestyle).

It means GB end the London meeting in second place on the medal table, behind Italy, with 19 gold medals.

“This is a great way to end the week,” 20-year-old Tai told BBC Sport. “To have two of the golds with these women is incredible and I’m super happy this is how it has ended.

The GB quartet were fourth going into the final leg, but Tai dug deep to overhaul Canada, the United States and China by the 350m mark and she held on to win by 0.74 seconds.

“I could just hear the crowd going crazy so I knew I just had to go and win it for us and for the country and I am so glad,” she went on.

“Nothing will ever compare to this competition for me.”
‘I’m a bit disappointed’

Whiston added: “To get to swim with these girls again is crazy. Freestyle isn’t my thing but now we have done that, I will definitely be focusing on it for Tokyo.”

The 22-year-old earlier clocked one minute 13.83 seconds to win the individual race, improving her own mark by 0.58secs, but said she wanted more.

“I’m a bit disappointed – I know I got the world record but I wanted to go 1:12 because that’s what I did in the medley relay on Thursday,” she explained.

“I know it’s there – it’s just finding areas I can improve on to see what we need to work on.

“You always want to go faster and find that bit extra, but it was a good swim.”


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