Hamer named in Worlds squad after record swim

England's Thomas Hamer competes in the Men's 200m Freestyle S14 Final, at Tollcross Swimming Centre during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 26, 2014. See PA story COMMONWEALTH Swimming. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No video emulation.
England's Thomas Hamer competes in the Men's 200m Freestyle S14 Final, at Tollcross Swimming Centre during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday July 26, 2014. See PA story COMMONWEALTH Swimming. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No video emulation.

Former Burnley Bobcat Thomas Hamer has been named in an 18-strong squad to face the rest of the world at their home IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow in July.

The squad was named on Monday, with Hamer fresh swimming a personal best to beat the S14 200m freestyle qualifying standard for the World Championships on the final evening of the British Para-Swimming International Meet, also in Glasgow.

Rio 2016 hopeful Hamer, 17, broke the two-minute barrier for the first time - twice setting new British records.

He swam 1:59.02 in qualifying, before winning silver in the final in 1:58.92 - smashing the time of 2:00.27 he recorded when earning Commonwealth Games silver in Glasgow last year.

Israel’s Itzhak Mamistvalov won gold.

The City of Manchester Aquatics/National Performance Centre swimmer said: “I am pretty chuffed.

“I am so pleased with myself. I’m also happy I went faster in the final because that’s what it’s there for.

“I’ve got a PB in every event, even in finals. I’ve been working really hard in the National Performance Centre and I need to keep it up now.

“I love this pool. I love the atmosphere and it holds really good memories.”

British National Performance Director Chris Furber believes the team will have the potential to produce results under pressure in Glasgow.

“The team we have selected is strong and reflects the goal of the competition which is to win gold medals and qualifying slots for Rio.

“There were some really excellent performances last week in Glasgow and I know the athletes have gone back to their home programmes to continue to work hard as we move closer to the Worlds.

“The standard of para-swimming in the lead up to Rio is only going to improve and we have based our standards this year on this.”