Wylie seals British title in record-breaking style

British champion Matt Wylie
British champion Matt Wylie
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SUNDERLAND swimmer Matt Wylie smashed the British record twice to take the national title at the British Gas Swimming Championships yesterday.

Paralympic athlete Wylie was already rated number one in the country in the S9 category for the 100metres freestyle, yet proved his credentials in emphatic fashion in Glasgow.

The 17-year-old broke the British record twice - finishing in 58.95 seconds in the heats, before going even faster in the final with a 58.69sec finish.

Fellow City of Sunderland Swimming Club athlete Josef Craig, 17, also prevailed in the S7 category for the 100m freestyle in a time of 1minutes 2.01sec.

But while the two hopefuls for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics enjoyed a successful day, Sunderland club-mates Adam Taylor and Jonathan Taylor both failed to progress to the finals of their respective events.

Taylor, 17, finished in 15th place overall after the two semi-finals of the 50m butterfly, with a time of 25.36sec.

And Carlisle, 21, who divides his time between Sunderland and Team Bath, was just pipped to a place in the final of the 100m backstroke after finishing ninth overall in a time of 55.82sec.