'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!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Sascha disqualified from 100m BreastStroke

Now here's something you don't hear about every day. Yes, unfortunately Sascha was disqualified for the 100m Breaststroke at the British International Disability Championships this morning in Sheffield. I cant' remember the last time he was disqualified and he says that it was due to an 'apparent' dolphin kick that he did on the turn when pushing off. Now i've seen Sascha swim on many occasion and know this is quite hard to do for him and he went straight to the warm down pool and tried to show the judges a dolphin kick and couldn't do it. So a little unfair me thinks.

The bad news with this is that as he didn't swim such a fast qualifying time at the Paralympic trials it will mean that he's not in the fastest heat in Beijing, although he has of course still qualified for the event which is the main thing. And as I said, he's still going in as favourite and what's gone is gone, he now has to concentrate on his next races and preparing for Beijing where he should still qualify for the final as the fastest or one of the fastest and then hopefully retain is Paralympic crown as his overall times are much faster than anyone else. It's all about peaking at the right time and Sascha and Nyree are experts at this.

Aside from that, he now swims in the 50m butterfly final tonight which he is number two in the world in and is well positioned to get a medal at in Beijing.

Nyree swims in the 400m freestyle and 100m breaststroke finals later today in which she has some tough competition against long standing rivals Natalie Jones and Liz Johnson, as well as up and coming 13 year old sensation Eleanor Simmonds.

Good luck guys.

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