Dave defies age to break British 100m butterfly record

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Eastbourne’s Dave Cumming broke the British 100m Butterfly record at the recent Eastbourne Swimming Club Masters meet.

Swimmers aged 21 to 81, representing 24 different swimming clubs from as far afield as Salisbury, Canterbury and Teddington, attended the meet.

But it was Eastbourne’s own Dave Cumming who continued his dominance in the 75 to 79 year age group, recording a time of 1.31.99 to break the record in an event most swimmers consider tough in their teenage years.

He also won the 50m freestyle by just 4/100’s of a second in a very closely-fought race.

Overall, a strong Eastbourne team took 26 individual golds, won five relays, and were just beaten for top overall club by Croydon Amphibians.

Dave Cumming won five events, while Barrie Rolfe won four.

Greg Knapman, Mark Walsh and Ian Woodward all triumphed in three races each while Mellisa Wright, Janet Jefferies, Kirsty Krouwel, Gary Brickly and Adrian Smith also all won events.