Bethany Firth and Daniel Wiffen crowned an outstanding week for Northern Ireland in the pool as swimming came to a close at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games on Wednesday evening.
Firth won Northern Ireland's first ever gold medal in the pool while Wiffen won a first silver, bringing the Northern Ireland medal tally to three after with Barry McClements' bronze earlier in the week.
Newry-born Kate O'Connor won silver in the women's heptathlon. She ranked fifth in the long jump on Wednesday before gaining the most points in the javelin throw and then posting a season's best time in the 800m to earn 900 points for a total of 6233 to finish second overall.
In the pool, Firth, the paralympic and world champion, and world record holder in the S14 200m freestyle, was first on the blocks.
The outcome was never in doubt as the 26-year-old led from start to finish, touching first in 2:07.02. The Ards swimmer now owns the Paralympic, World, European and Commonwealth golds in her event.
Wiffen was racing in the 1500m freestyle final and took almost six seconds off his Irish record to win silver.
Wiffen had only broken 15 minutes for the first time at the World Championships in June in 14:57.66.
Tonight, the 21-year-old swam 14:51.79 to finish just behind Australia’s Sam Short in 14:48.54. The pair were the only ones under 15 minutes, with England’s Luke Turley third in 15:12.78.
In the 50m backstroke final, Danielle Hill closed out her games with a seventh-place finish in 28.29 seconds.
Hill had an impressive week, with four semi-finals, three finals and a new Irish record in the 50m freestyle, reiterating her position as Ireland’s fastest ever female swimmer.
The 22-year-old now travels to Rome for the European Championships starting on Thursday 11 August.
Tomorrow, Northern Ireland’s interest in the pool ends with Tokyo Olympian Tanya Watson taking to the Boards for diving.
Watson, a semi-finalist in Tokyo, will compete in the Platform (10M) Preliminaries at 14.33 with the top 12 progressing to the final at 19:34.