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Kindred clinches second pool gold

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Sascha Kindred set a new world record on his way to his second Beijing gold medal and sixth Paralympic title in his men's 100m breaststroke final.

Kindred produced a devastating final 50m to beat Australia's Blake Cochrane in a time of one minute 22.18 seconds.

"That's the double hat-trick, I'm really chuffed," he told BBC Sport.

Earlier, Kindred's girlfriend Nyree Lewis suffered a surprise defeat when she was beaten to gold in her women's 100m backstroke swimming final.

The 27-year-old took the silver medal behind the Netherlands' Mirjam de Koning-Peper, who also smashed Lewis' Paralympic record, set in the morning heats, in a time of one minute 28.34 seconds.

Lewis had looked in excellent touch during the qualifying rounds but the final did not go to plan as the 39-year-old De Koning-Peper produced a superb swim.

It wasn't the greatest of times, it was a second off my personal best

Anthony Stephens

"My legs were spasming, but to be honest, there are no excuses for that," said a disappointed Lewis.

"I could see de Koning-Peper on my right side so I knew she was on my shoulder. I should have gone quicker but it just wasn't there tonight."

De Koning-Peper avenged her defeat to Britain's Eleanor Simmonds in the 100m freestyle final on Monday.

There were scenes of celebrations for partner Kindred, who said he has been inspired by Britain's success during their first week in Beijing.

"You have to rise to an occasion like this, the whole team is buzzing off each other, especially with all the other sports doing well," said the 30-year-old from Hereford, who won Britain's first swimming gold in the 200m individual medley SM6 on Sunday.

Kindred and Lewis have been nicknamed "the golden couple" after they both earned Paralympic titles in the 2004 Games in Athens.

Elsewhere Anthony Stephens, Jim Anderson and Claire Cashmore clinched bronze medals for Britain.

Stephens finished behind gold medallist Daniel Dias of Brazil in the men's 200m freestyle S5 final in a time of two minutes 44.67 secs.

"It wasn't the greatest of times, it was a second off my personal best," Stephens told BBC Sport. "But I'm happy I got a medal, so I can't complain."

Anderson's medal came in the 100m S2 freestyle while Cashmore took third place in the women's 100m SB8 breaststroke final with a time of one minute 25.60 secs.

"I'm really disappointed - I really wanted that gold to be honest," said Cashmore, 20.

Robert Welbourn just missed out on a medal in his 100m freestyle final, finishing in fourth place as Brazil's Andre Brasil powered home to gold, with team-mate Graham Edmunds in eighth place.

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Video - Lewis misses out on gold



see also
Simmonds makes history with gold
08 Sep 08 |  Paralympics
Duo take GB's fourth cycling gold
08 Sep 08 |  Paralympics
A-Z of Paralympic classification
28 Aug 08 |  Paralympics
Paralympics on the BBC
25 Aug 08 |  Paralympics
GB Paralympic team for Beijing
24 Jul 08 |  Paralympics


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