The First Trisome Games – The Olympic Games for Downs Syndrome
With the temperature at a high 37c Billy competed in the 200 Free against rival Colin Marks. Both Billy and Colin break Billy’s existing World Record with Colin taking the fastest time to the final. With the temp going up to 45c for the final Billy takes the lead in the first 100 which he holds for the second to win Gold by 0.06 and regains his World Record. Incredible racing from the boys in extremely hot conditions. Immediately after the 200 final Billy is back in the pool for the 50 back final which he had qualified 6th for. Billy again swims another incredible race to finish with the Silver medal. A fantastic first day. Billy is back for the second day still in great form. Qualifying in 2nd place for the 100 Backstroke Billy is racing against the number 1 seed Aran Miller and the World Record holder Nis Pinnerip. Billy turns at 50m in third place but is closing them down. With 25 metres to go Billy has swum the race to perfection going past both swimmers to finish with a second Gold medal. Billy suffers a poor start in the 50 fly final which he has qualified for in 6th place. Billy swim extremely well pulling the race back to finish with a Silver medal by 0.08 of a second. The third day sees the temperature up to 50c. Billy has the 50 Free and 200 Back. Billy is racing Daniel Rumsey in the 50, the winner of the most Gold medals in Downs Syndrome competitions ever and the holder of numerous World Records. A 50m race is always close and there were 5 swimmers level at 25m. Billy is hungry for a third gold on the third day and pulls away from the other in the last 25 to beat Daniel to the Gold medal by half a second. Billy is straight back in the pool for the 200 back and starts to show tiredness. Backstroke in an open air pool is very difficult and Billy is off the pace at 100m. The second 100m is much better and Billy catches the others but has too much to do and finishes with the Bronze medal. Billy’s next swim is the Fly leg of the 100m Medley relay. Team GB are seeded 8th but finish the race with brilliant Bronze medal. The last day is the 100 Freestyle. Billy qualifies fastest for the final. Billy leads the final from the start and wins the blue ribbon event by 1.5 seconds; another sensational swim. The next final in the 200 IM which Billy has qualified in 3rd place. Billy takes the lead in the Fly, and increases it on the Back. Sadly Billy loses ground on the Breast with breathing problems. He goes into the Free still in first place but Daniel Rumsey is closing him down. Billy tries to hold on but Daniel comes past in the last 5m to take the Gold with Billy Silver. Billy still with breathing problems is taken straight into medical care for treatment and receives an ECG. Billy recovers well and demands to swim in 50m Freestyle relay. With a medal ceremony to pause the swimming the doctors give the OK for Billy to race again. The team seeded 12th finish with an impressive Bronze medal. A great competition for Billy once again who also takes Top Swimmer on points. Well done, very impressive! 4 Gold, 3 Silvers and 3 Bronze medals.