OTTERSHAW based Swimmer Hannah Russell has achieved what most other athletes can dream of after winning gold at this year’s Paralympics in Rio.
Russell, 20, who suffers from extreme myopia, finished five clear seconds ahead of nearest rival Yaryna Matlo in a world record time of 1:06.06 in the S12 backstroke 100m final on Wednesday (14 September 2016).
It’s yet another unbelievable success-story for the swimmer from Woking Swimming Club, who first entered the media spotlight during the London 2012 Paralympics.
Since then, the athlete has won titles at the World Championships in Glasgow and Montreal, as well as the European Championships in Eindhoven.
Russell’s newest and finest award is sure to take pride of place in the medals’ cabinet alongside her silver and two bronze medals she won four years ago. And it’s difficult to see what can thwart the British swimmer from scooping further success in future championship events.
To date, Russell has won a staggering 13 golds, 18 silver and 11 bronze medals in all national and international tournaments.