Going for gold

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ANDREW Mullen will compete in the IPC World Swimming Championships in Montreal, and he’s determined to bring back a title.

The 16-year-old Mearns Castle pupil claimed two agonising fourth places at London 2012, in the S5 50m backstroke and the 50m butterfly, setting British records in both.

He told ExtraSport: “These championships have been the focus of my year.

“I’m ranked second in the backstroke and third in the medley and butterfly so I’ll be pleased if I finish in any of those positions.

“I’ve always wanted to win Paralympic gold — in Rio I’d like to come away with medals and if any of them are gold then that would be nice.

“I’ll be 19 in Rio which is still quite young so maybe at the 2020 games, when I’ll be bigger and stronger, I can get the gold.”

Coached by Andy Jackson and training with Ren 96, the teenager made his international debut aged 14 at the 2011 IPC European Championships in Berlin — winning silver in the S5 50m butterfly.

In Montreal, Andrew, who was born with no forearms or hands, will contest the 200m medley, 50m butterfly, backstroke, and 100m freestyle.

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