Commonwealth Games – England’s Tom Hamer set a new British record

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Note: Learning disability in UK is the same thing than intellectual disability elsewhere.

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28 July 2014

England’s Tom Hamer set a new British record to win silver and Wales’ Jack Thomas took bronze in the Commonwealth Games Para-sport S14 200m freestyle. S14 is the classification given to swimmers with learning disability.

From left to right: Jack Thomas, Daniel Fox and Tom Hamer

The event, won by Australia’s Daniel Fox, was the first at the Commonwealth Games for swimmers with learning disability.

Fox set a new world best of one minute 57.16 seconds in qualifying. But he failed to improve in the final, winning in 1:57.68, ahead of Hamer (2:00.27) and Thomas (2:01.27).

Hamer, 15, whose time beat the 2:01.27 set by Dan Pepper in 2011, was thrilled with his silver medal and British record. « I’m well chuffed. I’m so happy with it, » said the Burnley swimmer.

Jack Thomas said: « I came in here ranked fourth so I didn’t really expect a medal. I am really shocked, » Thomas, 19, told BBC Sport.

Both swimmers went on to congratulate each other on Twitter, with silver winning Hamer Tweeting ‘Well done to @JackThomas1995 on his bronze. That Aussie is going to take some catching. #swimfast #teamGB’ to which Jack Thomas responded ‘@TomHamerS14 well done to you too pal. He’ll be caught just gonna have to train hard!’.

Both Hamer and Thomas will be competing for Great Britain at the IPC Swimming European Championships, which take place in the Netherlands from 4-10 August.

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