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Golden delight for birthday girl Marren

PUBLISHED: 07:48 14 August 2013 | UPDATED: 07:48 14 August 2013

Amy Marren won her first world title in Canada last night (swpix.com)

Amy Marren won her first world title in Canada last night (swpix.com)

Simon Wilkinson - simon@swpix.com

Youngster lands first world title

Amy Marren gave herself the perfect birthday present with gold at the World Disability Swimming Championships in Canada last night.

Romford Town’s Marren, who turns 15 today, came home first in the S9 200m medley, ahead of teammates Steph Millward and Claire Cashmore in a GB clean sweep, to add to the silver medal she had won in the 100m freestyle a day earlier.

And the Hall Mead pupil admitted it was beyond her wildest dreams to top the podium in Montreal, saying: “I can honestly say it’s the best birthday present ever.

“I’ve finished on a high ahead of a rest day and I’m absolutely over the moon.

“I could’ve hoped for a bit faster on the time, but I’m not complaining with a gold medal at all.”

Newham-born Marren had finished fourth in the 50m freestyle final earlier in the session but led from the start of her favoured 200m medley to win in a time of 2.33.95, just over a second outside her personal best but well clear of second-placed Millward (2.40.29).

“My tactic was just to give it my all the whole race and not fall asleep as mu coach would put it,” she added.

“I’ve been training hard on this event over the past year and pushed myself to the absolute limit so I’m really happy.”

Marren is set to return to the pool for the 100m butterfly and 100m backstroke events later this week.


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