Swimming
Redfern races to success

By Jamie Arrowsmith 10/05 Updated: 10/05 17:14

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DROITWICH Dolphins’s Anthony Redfern produced a number of excellent swims when competing in the Midland Regional Youth Championships in Coventry.

Having set personal bests in the 100m backstroke and 100m freestyle events on the Saturday, he returned the following day to swim the 50m freestyle.

As his qualification time saw him entered behind 45 other swimmers in the 15-16 age group, hopes were just for a good swim and maybe a personal best.

Not only did he set his personal best, beating his old time by a massive 1.1 seconds, he qualified for the final in third place in a time of 26.09.

Disaster struck at the start of the final when his diving block broke, resulting in him finishing a distant last.

Once repaired, he was offered a reswim of the final and had to swim with only two other swimmers alongside him.

It was then testament to his guts and mental self control that he was able to recover and break his personal best again with a time of 25.88 which placed him fourth overall and quicker than all other 15-year-olds. His time was also a new junior club record.

The club are always on the lookout for new members, visit www.droitwichdophins.co.uk for more information.

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