Four gold medals for Faul
Ireland’s Deirdre Faul has smashed two world records in swimming at the 21st World Transplant Games in Malaga, Spain, on her way to a haul of four gold medals.
In her final event at the Games, the 49-year-old liver transplant recipient from Dalkey claimed gold in the 400m freestyle swimming, finishing in six minutes and 27.89 seconds to surpass the previous world record of 6min 32secs.
Faul said: “I didn’t realise I was swimming so fast. Two world records and four gold medals this week, I’m ecstatic. I smashed all of my personal bests too. I’m thrilled with my performance.”
On Wednesday, the mother of two sons broke a world record in the 200m freestyle, setting a time of three minutes and 1.93 seconds to beat the previous world record of 3mins 5.08secs. A few hours later, Faul won the 100m breaststroke in her age category (40-49 years).
On Tuesday, she retained her World Champion in Transplant Sport title in the squash event by winning gold in her age category, her sixth consecutive World Games gold in the squash event.
Deirdre Faul: Set two world records.