Bronze for Hill in Rio de Janeiro
PUBLISHED: 08:59 16 December 2009 | UPDATED: 12:27 10 June 2010
EXMOUTH swimmer David Hill continues to add to his medal tally after competing in the IPC World Short Course Championship in Rio De Janerio, Brazil, that took place from November 29 to December 5, winning two more bronze medals. The competition was the f
EXMOUTH swimmer David Hill continues to add to his medal tally after competing in the IPC World Short Course Championship in Rio De Janerio, Brazil, that took place from November 29 to December 5, winning two more bronze medals.
The competition was the first he had competed in an open-air pool.
Hill began the week of competition very well, gaining a personal best time in both the heat and finals, finishing in 6th place.
In his 200m IM he made the final comfortably and again gave a personal best performance in the final, finishing in 5th place.
Hill was then selected to swim in Great Britain's 34 point 400m Freestyle relay where the team finished in bronze medal position.
All swimmers in the four-man team swam personal best times. Hill's time of 57.77 was two seconds faster that he had previously set, and would have been a S9 British record in an individual event.
What made that all the more special was that he had only just knocked two seconds off his personal best the weekend before flying to Rio to qualify for his place on the relay squad!
Hill's main event, the 100m backstroke was raced on the Friday of the competition and he managed to claim another bronze medal.
Hill said: "I am delighted to have picked up a bronze medal at the World Championships but do feel that, had I not been hampered with a sore throat, chest infection and stomach bug, then I could have achieved a faster time. Sadly, most of the team suffered with the same bug."
Hill continued: "I was up against very strong opposition including the Australian S9 World record holder and two swimmers who had finished ahead of me at the European Championships. I really enjoyed the whole experience of competing in Brazil and seeing a little of Rio de Janeiro before flying home. It was a wonderful experience."
Within 48 hours of returning from Rio, Hill was competing in the Welsh Championships in Swansea where he won two gold and a silver medal.
There now follows a well-deserved Christmas break for the swimmer before he returns to Bath in the New Year.