'The Golden Couple'

Sascha Kindred and Nyree Lewis, otherwise known as the 'golden couple' of disabled sport, are two of Great Britain's most successful paralympians of the last decade, amassing 20 Paralympic medals between them including an amazing 8 golds. I am the brother of Sascha and am tracking their progress from Athens 2004 to London 2012. Read about their journey to Paralympic Glory here!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Unbeaten for how long...?

I'm sure many of you may have seen Sascha and Nyree briefly on the BBC last weekend even if they were only on very briefly. What was interesting and great for Sascha personally was that Mark Woods highlighted that the senior members of the squad were continuously producing the goods for the team and that specifically, Sascha won his event again and was now unbeaten since the Sydney Paralympics in the year 2000.

To be honest, I had been thinking about this for a while so I asked Sascha and Nyree how long they actually are unbeaten for in their main events the 200 IM (Sascha) and the 100 M Backstroke (Nyree).

200 Individual Medley - Sascha Kindred

Sascha has been undefeated in the 200 IM since 1999. That's an amazing 7 years! His first win was at the 1999 European swimming championships in Braunchweig Germany. Since then he has won every 200IM at every major event up to 2007. Here are a few of his times since his first win. You're notice that his World record since breaking it first in Sydney has come down by an incredible 11 seconds!

2000 - Sydney Paralympic Games 2.57.42 WR
2001 - Stockholm Europeans 2.58.31
2002 - Argentina World Championships 2.49.60 WR
2004 - Athens Paralympic Games 2.51.61
2006 - Durban World Championships 2.46.2 WR (current)
2007 - Visa World Cup 2.47.7

Sascha has raced the 200 IM 56 times in the last 8 years where he has been undefeated at this distance.

100 Backstroke - Nyree Lewis

Nyree is undefeated in the 100m Backstroke since 2002. That's also an amazing 5 years at top level. She first won at a major event at the IPC World Swimming Championships in Argentina with a new world record time of 1.28.65. Here are a few of her major wins since:

2004 - Athens Paralympic Games 1.32.03
2005 - Visa World Cup 1.32.27
2006 - IPC World Champs Durban 1.28.99
2007 - Visa World Cup 1.30.32

Nyree’s current World record stands at 1.27.81 which was broken in July 2006 at the World Championship trials.

Two great examples of athletes performing consistently over a long time, even if I do say so myself!


  • At 8:54 PM, Blogger Zoe said…

    HI Sascha and Nyree

    That is an impressive record!! Keep on training hard and I am sure that you can continue your unbeaten run.



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