Need for speed


NEWTON Mearns boy Andrew Mullen’s performance at the British Gas swimming championships was the perfect preparation for the IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal.

The 16-year-old Mearns Castle pupil finished just outside his personal best as he claimed gold in the 50m backstroke in a time of 40.78 seconds.

The Ren 96 swimmer followed that up with an eighth place finish in the final of the 200m freestyle before making the medal showdown of the 50m butterfly and 200m individual medley.

Paralympian Andrew told ExtraSport: “I used the meet to gauge where I am at, and then going forward from this I will start working on some of my speed in training and tapering.

“We are building up to the World Championships. We are doing more speed work which will help improve my times closer to the event.I love going to major internationals and racing against the best in the world.”

Mullen will swim both the 50m backstroke and 200m individual medley at the IPC Swimming World Championships next month, where he will be part of a 32-strong British team.

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