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Bunbury Bullet Alex Saffy clinches World Para Swimming Championship bronze in personal best time

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Bunbury's Alex Saffy won bronze in the men's 200m individual medley S10 during the World Para Swimming Championships in Manchester on Tuesday.
Camera IconBunbury's Alex Saffy won bronze in the men's 200m individual medley S10 during the World Para Swimming Championships in Manchester on Tuesday. Credit: Australian Dolphins

Bunbury bullet Alex Saffy has continued to make the South West proud, pulling off a personal best time to clinch bronze at the World Para Swimming Championships.

The 17-year-old took bronze with a personal best time of 2:16.07 during the men’s 200m individual medley SM10 final on Tuesday night.

Saffy finished less than three seconds behind fellow Australian Dolphin Col Pearse, who claimed silver, and six seconds behind gold medallist, Stefano Raimondi, from Italy.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01: Alex Saffy of Team Australia competes in the Men's 200m Individual Medley SM10 Final during day two of the Para Swimming World Championships Manchester 2023 at Manchester Aquatics Centre on August 01, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Camera IconMANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01: Alex Saffy of Team Australia competes in the Men's 200m Individual Medley SM10 Final during day two of the Para Swimming World Championships Manchester 2023 at Manchester Aquatics Centre on August 01, 2023 in Manchester, England. Credit: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

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Saffy kept a solid pace throughout the final, maintaining fourth place at each leg before charging home to pip Italian Riccardo Menciotti to clinch third place.

The Bunbury Bullet qualified for the final after pipping Raimondi by 0.24sec. for first place during the second heat with a time of 2:19.44.

The heat race saw Saffy and Raimondi fight it out at each leg, before Dutchman Bas Takken took the lead at 150m.

Determined to finish strongly, Saffy picked up the pace alongside Raimondi to secure a qualifying spot.

Saffy will look to add further medals to his collection as he gears up for the men’s 100m butterfly S10 and the men’s 100m freestyle S10 later in the meet.

Taking place in Manchester, the World Para Swimming Championships is set to conclude on August 6.

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