Phil Muspratt returned from the European Masters Swimming Championships having performed at the venue of the 2012 Olympic Games. The 5 day competition attracted record numbers of swimmers from across the continent. In the 100m freestyle alone there were approximately 3000 swimmers across the mens & women’s event; that’s double the numbers that the National Masters Short Course Championships attracts in its entirety in October. It took 6 hours to get through nearly 200 heats of the mens 100m freestyle, such was the magnitude of the event as a whole.
Salisbury swimmer Phil Muspratt (30-34 yrs) had a below par meet where he finished in only 14th position in his favoured event; the 100m freestyle. His other favoured event, the 50m freestyle, Phil managed to finish in the top 10, by claiming 8th place. He also finished in 12th position in the 50m backstroke.
“When you come to the big target meet at the end of the season you want to perform & I’m very disappointed that I didn’t. I suffered a blackout last week, having to then go to A&E for an ECG & had been ill the week before that but you try not to dwell on that in the lead up to competition as you don’t want it to affect your performance, but there is no denying that it was far from being my normal self. One encouraging sign is that my personal bests would’ve seen me medal in my favoured events. My appreciation goes to Jones & Co for their support, I’m just so sorry to have not been well & to have let them down. I am truly gutted.” Phil commented.