Aug 14 2013
Teenager Amy Marren headed a Great Britain one-two-three in the S9 200m individual medley at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Montreal.
Marren, racing in Canada on the day before her 15th birthday, led from start to finish to claim gold in a time of two minutes 33.95 seconds ahead of Steph Millward and Claire Cashmore.
Millward clocked a time of 2mins 40.29secs to repeat her silver-medal performance at last year's Paralympics, where she missed out to the legendary Natalie du Toit, while Cashmore went one better than her fourth-place finish in London with a time of 2:41.50.
Quoted on British Swimming's Twitter feed, Marren said: "I can honestly say it's the best birthday present ever. I've finished tonight on a high and I'm absolutely over the moon.
"I could have hoped for a bit faster on the time but I'm not complaining with a gold medal at all.
"My tactic was just to give it my all the whole race and not fall asleep as my coach would put it. I've been training hard on this event over the past year and pushed myself to the absolute limit so I'm really happy tonight."
Ollie Hynd replicated Marren's success as he claimed gold in the men's S8 200m medley - but older brother Sam missed out.
Ollie - who now holds the Paralympic, world and European titles - set a new European record of 2:22.76 to win the race, while Sam was fourth, just 0.04s out of the medals.
"It feels absolutely amazing and it's a dream come true to have all three titles," said Hynd.
"It was a tough race and painful in the end but I love to race so it was fun and I enjoyed it.
"It was really special hearing the national anthem at London last year and it's fantastic to be in that same position again here."
Stephanie Slater set a huge personal best of 2:40.37 to claim silver in the women's version behind American 12-time Paralympic champion Jessica Long.
Hannah Russell bagged her second silver in as many days, in the S12 100m butterfly, while Rob Welbourn was second in the S10 400m freestyle.
There were bronze medals for Sascha Kindred, Tully Kearney and Charlotte Henshaw, who kept Ellie Simmonds off the podium in the SB6 100m breaststroke.
With six golds, seven silvers and seven bronzes, Britain ended day two second in the medals table behind Ukraine.