Sascha Kindred breaks world record to take gold in the 200m SM6 in Rio

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British Paralympic swimmer Sascha Kindred has won a gold medal in the sm6 200-metre individual medley event at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.

Kindred put on a display for the fans at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium that can only be described as sensational.

He went on to swim the 200 metres in a phenomenal time of 2:38.47 seconds. Not only was this time quick enough to win Kindred the gold medal, but it has also put his name in the record books, as his time crowned him as the new world record holder for the event.


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The previous world record was held by Xu Qing of China, who set the a record time of 2:38.62 on September 3, 2012 at the London Paralympic Games.

It was not clear as to whether or not Kindred was going to be eligible for the final event after officials had disqualified him for obstructing one of his competitors with his trailing leg.

Chris Furber, the performance director at British Paralympic Swimming, said: "One of the referees thought they saw a technical infringement relating to the leg kick during the fly.

"Because of the way Sascha's impairment works, it means he's allowed to drag one of his legs through the water."

However, Team GB successfully appealed the decision, and as a result, Kindred was reinstated back into the competition.

Furber commented: "There's a rule that allows him to do that [leg kick] and we pointed that out to the referees and they accepted that, so they reinstated him."

You can watch Kindred's world record swim in the video below.

Rio 2016 was the sixth Paralympic Games for the British World Champion swimmer, and in that time, he has picked up a huge number of medals.

In Paralympic competition, Kindred has won 13 medals in all, with seven of them being gold, three sliver, and three bronze.

In other competition, Kindred has won eight gold medals in the IPC World Championships, and four gold medals in the IPC European Championships.

When questioned on his latest victory, Kindred said: "Thirteen is my lucky number. I was born on the 13th (of December, 1978), my mum was born on the 13th as well, and seven's a special number for me as well.

"I'm a big Manchester United fan, a lot of famous number sevens. Seven is special. I'm 38-years-old. To be able to achieve that, the hard work has paid off."

He added: "Swimming can be a very lonely sport, early mornings, counting tiles at the bottom of a pool, but the dedication and the commitment of myself and the team around me have put in."

"This is what the hard work is for. I knew I had a performance in me. It was just a case of putting it all together."

There was some slight confusion before the medal ceremony got underway. Proceedings were delayed while Nelson Crispin Corzo unsuccessfully appealed his disqualification.

In the end though, the gold medal was awarded to Kindred, who leaves the sixth and final Paralympic Games of his career on an ultimate high, with both a gold medal and a new world record in his possession. 

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