A COUNTY swimmer is officially a world record holder after making a splash in the pool.

Stephen Clegg clocked 56.75 seconds in the S12 men’s 100m butterfly on the last day of the British Para-swimming International Meet.

The 25-year-old’s time in Sheffield breaks the record set eight years ago by Russia’s Roman Makarov.

Clegg, who previously swam with East Lothian Swim Team, is looking ahead to the rescheduled Paralympic Games.

The international event was due to take place in Tokyo last year but was pushed back 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Clegg, who lived in Musselburgh and is visually impaired, previously competed at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 but missed out on a medal.

He said: “I’ve been doing a lot of work this season around the butterfly and I thought I was in a good place to do something pretty special with it.

“But I think I’ve got a lot more to give throughout the year.

“Everything is really clicking on all my events, even the ones I’ve not really worked on that much.

“It’s a great starting point with the first main competition of the season and a great building block for the next five months to come.”