Sunderland swimmer Matt Wylie scoops gold in 50m freestyle

City of Sunderland swimmer Matt Wylie
City of Sunderland swimmer Matt Wylie

British record holder Matt Wylie won his first international gold medal after impressing with his performance in the S9 50m Freestyle at the IPC European swimming championships in Madeira.

City of Sunderland’s Wylie came off the back of success at the British Para-Swimming International Meet last week and continued to show his strength in the event.

He touched in a time of 25.85 to claim his gold.

“I couldn’t be happier with that really,” Wylie said.

“It’s my first ever senior international medal so that’s great.

“I got the qualification time for Rio last week so I’m in a good place at the moment.

“I didn’t expect to win that race. I did expect to swim a little bit faster than that but coming away with the gold is really good.”

Fellow City of Sunderland swimmer Josef Craig won his first international medal since 2014 as he took the silver medal in a time of 4:35.87 in the S8 400m Freestyle.

That race was won by Paralympic Champion Ollie Hynd, who touched in 4:24.77.