Paralympic hopeful Rodgers adds to gold medal run

IPC Swimming European Championships

Venue:
Berlin
Date:
3-9 July
Coverage:
Daily text and video reports on BBC Sport website.

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Rodgers storms to fourth Berlin gold

International newcomer Susie Rodgers continued her success at the IPC Swimming European Championships in Berlin with a fourth gold medal.

Rodgers, who combines training with her work as a project officer for the British Council, set a European record of 36.74 seconds in the 50m butterfly.

"That was quite a swim - it felt really good," the 27-year-old told BBC Sport.

"I knew I could go close to the European record but I didn't think it would be by that much."

Rodgers, who was born without a fully formed left arm and leg and competes in the S7 category, is in her first major international competition and is only starting to realise her full potential with the 2012 Paralympics just over a year away.

Earlier in the week she won golds in the 100m backstroke and 400m freestyle and a silver in the 50m freestyle, as well as being part of the gold medal-winning freestyle relay squad.

"All of my races this week have been brilliant and I think what I have achieved here will hit me when I get home," she added.

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GB swimmers continue to impress in Berlin

There were also gold medals for British trio Heather Frederiksen, Stephanie Millward and James Crisp.

Frederiksen, in her first major international competition after serving a six-month ban for failing a drugs test, won her 100m freestyle in 1:06.83 - just short of the world record she set in 2009.

The 25-year-old City of Salford swimmer, who had earlier won gold in the 100m backstroke and 400m freestyle in her S8 category, finished almost three seconds clear of Russia's Olesya Vladykina, with Britain's Emma Hollis claiming third.

Crisp, who missed out on the Beijing Paralympics through injury, triumphed in his 100m backstroke race ahead of Hungary's Tamas Sors and Tamas Toth, but his time of 1:03.68 was 0.36 seconds off his European record.

"The time was off my best but the result was what I was looking for," he said. "I knew the Hungarians would start fast but I just needed to keep calm and keep my strokes going and I knew I would take it."

Millward, who was hoping to make it to the 2000 Olympics before being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, triumphed in her favourite backstroke event in the S9 category for her second gold of the meeting, with Louise Watkin winning her seventh medal in second.

There were also silvers for teenager Hannah Russell (S12 100m backstroke), Emma Cattle (S10 100m backstroke), Dan Pepper (S14 100m breaststroke) and Anthony Stephens (S5 100m freestyle) to bring GB's medal tally to 69 - including 22 golds.

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