Four medals for Mullen but Diaz steals the golds

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Newton Mearns man Andrew Mullen put in stellar performances at the IPC para swimming world championships on his home turf and regular training pool in Tollcross.

While Mullen raked in a fourstrong medal count of two silvers and two bronze, golds eluded him as his nemesis Brazilian Daniel Diaz was always at least one stroke ahead.

An upbeat Mullen said of his performances: “The good thing is I’ve been swimming good times every time I race.”

Mullen competed in five events in the S5 category. He picked up his first medal in the 50m backstroke, a silver, beaten to the gold by Diaz; another silver in the 200m freestyle, losing gold again to Diaz.

His first bronze came in the 50m butterfly, again Diaz took the gold. He fell short of a medal in his fourth event, the 50m freestyle, coming fourth as, once again Diaz won gold. And his second bronze came in the 100m freestyle, Diaz grabbing another gold.

Mullen’s performance secureshim a spot in the 2016 Rio Olympics, on Diaz’ home ground.