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By Elizabeth Hudson
BBC Sport in London
Brock Whiston denied Great Britain team-mate Alice Tai a gold medal in the World Para-swimming Championships having a world record victory from the SM8 200m individual medley.
Tai, who has swept all before her this week, described the medley as a”bonus occasion” on her schedule and was fourth.
Whistonin her first important championship, defeat American Jessica Long into second.
The world record of the American was taken by her.
There were silvers on the penultimate day of action for Bethany Firth, Reece Dunn along with Ellie Robinson.
This means GB possess 39 medals, including 15 golds, going into Sunday’s final day of competition.
Whiston, 22, has hemiplegia, which induces weakness down one side of her own body and was a talented swimmer at competition before she realised that she was qualified for Para-swimming.
“If I was around 15 I had been starting to discover things hard in coaching and had been suffering with a great deal of dislocations in my shoulder,” she told BBC Sport.
“We were at nationals a couple of years back and among the English Para-swimming staff asked me if I’d ever wondered para-swimming, I had not.
“I saw Ellie Simmonds’s 400m freestyle race in London 2012 and also to be here in her footsteps is just amazing.”
Whiston’s power is her breaststroke and despite turning 10 minutes behind Tai to the breaststroke leg, then it took her less than 25m to reevaluate her team-mate and take a guide that she never looked like losing.
She completed in just two moments 35.30 seconds, beating Long’s old mark, set in the US Paralympic trials in 2012 by 0.7secs.
“To have hurried Jess and Alice, two of the best swimmers in this group, and come away with a gold is amazing,” she added.
“I do not believe it has sunk . Jess’s world list was incredible and to now take this, I can’t ask for much more from my very first significant championship.”
Whiston, who was also a part of the medley relay on Friday, goes on Sunday in the 100m breaststroke while Tai said that she was happy with her screen.
“I know Brock has got an insanely powerful breaststroke so my coach’s game plan was’Go out difficult and if you perish, at least die trying!’ And that is precisely what occurred,” she explained.
“Halfway down the breaststroke leg, I couldn’t feel my entire body and when I flipped on the freestyle I thought’oh dear’.
“However, I have not trained for the medley – I do not train breaststroke at all and fourth is really a good outcome.”
Paralympic winner Robinson watched her S6 50m butterfly world record of 35.22secs disappear at the hands of 14-year-old Chinese rival Yuyan Jiang that was winning her third gold of the week.
The 18-year-old out of Northampton has pledged to utilize the defeat to spur her for next year’s Games in Tokyo.
“I’m really, really frustrated, not with coming second, but my period wasn’t as close to my PB as I would like it to be,” she said after completing 35.61secs using Jiang clocking 34.86.
“I knew it’d be very difficult because the Chinese woman has done really well here but I’ll go away and use this as motivation.
“She is not too much front of me and hopefully I can use it in order to question myself longer in training. Having that threat is nice but today I want to place myself in the ideal location for Tokyo so if we stand around the block no one knows who will win.”
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