Record Breaking Comeback for Dan
Monday, 01 July 2013
Former Bolton School pupil, swimmer Daniel Sliwinski, has set a new British Record for 50m breaststroke.
Dan set the new record of 27.4 seconds to take gold at the British Gas Swimming Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield on the 27th June. The record marks Dan’s return to competitive swimming after a shoulder operation ruled him out of last summer’s London Olympics after being named in the GB squad.
Dan said: “My win in the British Championships came bang on 12 months since I had the surgery on my shoulder, so that was a nice anniversary marker and it was good to be back in the pool again. I’ve had a year out and the rule of thumb is that it will take me a year to get back fully to where I was. What has happened this week is very much a bonus. I wasn’t 100% sure I was even going to swim there and I went to the British Championships with no expectations or pressure, but once I swam a good time in the semi-final I totally changed my mind set and pushed myself on. It was great to win gold with a good time.”
Dan now holds the British Record for both the 50m and 100m long course breaststroke. The new record meant he achieved the qualifying time for the World Championships but will wait to hear on the selection. His next goal will be to compete at the Commonwealth Games next year.