Student celebrates Paralympic podium performance

09 September 2016

Student celebrates Paralympic podium performance

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) student Andrew Mullen has become the first Scot to win a ParalympicsGB medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The 19-year-old swimmer took the bronze medal in the 200m freestyle S5 event and set a British record on the opening day of the Games.

It is the second Paralympics for the Finance, Investment and Risk student, who twice finished fourth in events at London 2012.

Andrew said: "It's great to have a won a Paralympic medal and I am really stoked I was able to do so by swimming my best time. What a great crowd to do it in front of. Brazil has put on a great venue and a great Paralympic Games so I am really pleased to get my first medal in such a setting."

His achievements were praised by sportscotland chief executive Stewart Harris.

He said: “That was a brilliant performance by Andrew Mullen in the pool. Four years ago in London, Andrew did incredibly well to have two fourth places at just fifteen years old, so he'll be delighted to go one better and win bronze and claim a British record in doing so.

"It is a great honour for him to be the first Scot on ParalympicsGB to win a medal in Rio. It is a terrific start for him and the team, and I believe that Rio can be a really successful Games for Scottish athletes."

Andrew’s medal was one of 10 medals won by ParalympicsGB on day one of the competition. The 264-strong team is competing in 19 sports in Rio.