Alford does Cooma proud

SWIMMING star Josh Alford has wrapped up his Glasgow Commonwealth Games campaign, finishing sixth in the Men's 200 metres S14 final.

Alford raced in front of millions of viewers throughout the Commonwealth and many bleary eyed Cooma supporters, who watched his final at 4.30am on Sunday.

Excitement levels were at a high on Saturday night when Alford entered the Tollcross International Swimming Centre for heat one, cheered on by those in Cooma and his parents in the crowd.

Donna Saddler, president of the Cooma Swimming Club, says watching Josh race on a international stage was a moment everyone is proud of.

"I was very proud when he walked out, it was great to see him waving to the crowd and enjoying the occasion," Mrs Saddler said.

"Knowing Josh is a shy person and to swim so well in front of thousands has made us proud."

Josh clocked a time of 2:03.43 minutes in the final which was won by Australian Daniel Fox. Racing in lane two, Josh was in medals contention at the first turn, with a 50m split of 28.29 secs.

In his heat Josh came out of the blocks well, finishing the first 50m in a time of 26.99, sitting in second place at the turn. His heat time of 2:03.99 minutes was the fifth fastest. Fox broke the world record in the heat in a sub two minute time.

Mrs Saddler says Josh swam a very strong race considering it was his debut at the Commonwealth Games.

"He swam very well, being a big occasion and all."

"It was nerve racking watching him swim his first 100m in the final, he was right up there."

There is no rest for Josh with a return to training imminent, as he sets his sights on the Rio Olympics in 2016. Earlier this year Josh came away with five gold medals at the Brazil Swimming Championships.

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