Sexton shows her ‘bouncebackability’

Georgia Davies (second right) with her gold medal and, from left, Jennifer Oldham and Ekaterina Avramova (both silver) and bronze medallist Katy Sexton after the final of the Womens Open 50m Backstroke during the ASA National Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

Georgia Davies (second right) with her gold medal and, from left, Jennifer Oldham and Ekaterina Avramova (both silver) and bronze medallist Katy Sexton after the final of the Womens Open 50m Backstroke during the ASA National Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

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Katy Sexton put aside injury woes to strike double bronze at the ASA National Championships.

Portsmouth’s world champion swimmer showed more of the grit her career has become synonymous with to collect a double podium finish in Sheffield.

Sexton swam to third in the 50m backstroke in 29.60sec and then followed that up with another third-placed finish in the 100m backstroke in 1.03.23.

Those performances came despite the Cosham ace being blighted by a succession of problems in the build-up to the championships.

The 28-year-old was hindered by broken ribs which heavily affected her progress last year.

They were finally overcome before Sexton was hit by a knee injury.

And then she suffered a back problem in the run-up to the championships.

But she put all that to one side to turn in displays she could be pleased with when she got into the water at Ponds Forge.

Sexton said: ‘I think I’m becoming the Darren Anderton of swimming!

‘I’ve had a lot of injury problems, so, taking all that into account, I was pleased with the performances.

‘It’s been one thing after another for me. I had the fractured ribs last year and maybe with overcompensation one thing has led to another.

‘Maybe being an older swimmer I haven’t got the bouncebackability I once had!

‘The times weren’t anything amazing really in my book.

‘But I know what they were reflecting.

‘So all things considered I have to be pretty pleased with how it went.’

Sexton is now aiming to enjoy a decent period of recovery as she looks towards next year’s British Championships.

She still has her thriving Katy Sexton Swim Academy to keep her busy as she builds towards that goal.

Sexton said: ‘It’s a case of getting all my ailments sorted and piecing together a solid block of work towards next March.

‘I’ve got the swim academy, which is going well. I’ve got a nice balance now.’

For details on Sexton’s swim academy visit katysexton.co.uk

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