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Claire's a golden girl after World Championships double
5:50pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in Sport
Relay stars: Claire Cashmore shows off her gold medal with medley relay team-mates Stephanie Millward, Susie Rodgers and Amy Marren. Pictures: SWpix.com
CLAIRE Cashmore made her dream of winning gold at a major tournament come true as she scooped two at the IPC World Swimming Championships in Montreal.
The 25-year-old from Kidderminster experienced what it’s like to be top of the podium for the first time at a major long course tournament after helping Great Britain to relay success.
She won her first gold as part of the 100m freestyle relay squad alongside Stephanie Millward, Susie Rodgers and Amy Marren, producing a storming third leg as GB set a winning time of four minutes and 35.41 seconds.
Cashmore then teamed up with Marren, Millward and Steph Slater on Sunday to slice six seconds off their world record and power to victory in 4.46.21, winning with a huge margin of 13.3 seconds ahead of silver medallists Russia.
The triumph also made up for being pipped to gold by Australia in the London Paralympics last year.
The golds were even more impressive as Cashmore, whose left arm is missing below the elbow, had battled with shoulder and knee injuries all year.
The Wyre Forest swimming star also tasted individual success in the pool.
She set her third fastest time ever in the SB8 100m breaststroke to win silver for the third successive tournament.
“I would have hoped for a little bit better but unfortunately it didn't come out in the race, but I am on the podium in second,” said Cashmore after clinching her silver.
“There are so many new faces this time and it was a bit nerve wracking but luckily I maintained my silver position.
“Being on the podium with the girls and singing the national anthem was fantastic.
“We’ve got a great new freestyle relay team and I’ve think we’ve got a lot to give in the future.”
She had kicked-off the tournament by winning bronze in the SM9 200m individual medley last Tuesday in a time of 1.21.23.
Cashmore has now won nine medals at the IPC World Championships, two gold, six silver and one bronze.
Father Duncan said: “It has been a tougher year for Claire this time with a knee and shoulder injuries, but she’s done remarkably well.
“She was pleased with her medals although felt that without the injuries that she could have done better.
“That said, two golds, a silver and a bronze is not too bad at a World Championships.”
Britain finished third in the medal table on 55, an improvement of two places compared to the London Games.
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