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Gold and bronze for ParalympicsGB swimmers Bethany Firth and Jessica-Jane Applegate

on 08-09-2016 23:27

It was double success for ParalympicsGB in the women’s 100m backstroke S14 as Bethany Firth defended her Paralympic title ahead of teammate Jessica-Jane Applegate in third.


County Down's Firth lowered the world record she had set in the day’s earlier heats to touch the wall first in 1:04.05.

Great Yarmouth's Applegate was third in 1:08.67 with Dutch swimmer Marlou van der Kulk splitting the British duo in second.

“We have a great team here and we’re all pushing each other on"  Bethany Firth

Firth said:

“I’m so chuffed about that, I could not have done it without the support back home, they’ve all been behind me. It’s not just my medal, it’s theirs as well.

“I’m quite a determined person, after breaking my wrist last year I had to come and watch the girls compete and that was hard to watch. But you can do whatever you put your mind to and I came back.

“We have a great team here and we’re all pushing each other on, we’ve already got two gold medals and I’m sure there’s more to come.”


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