Four gold medals for Faul

Irish Examiner - Sport - - GENERAL -

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.

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