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Seaforde’s Bethany Firth has added silver to her incredible Paralympic medal win in the S14 200m freestyle in Tokyo.
The 25-year-old raced through her morning heat and secured finished her place in the final with a time of 2: 10.58 and there were high hopes of being able to defend her title, which she won five years ago in Rio.
But she could not add a fifth gold medal to her record , as Valeriia Shabalina from the Russian Paralympic Committee was the first to get up with a time of 2: 03.71, only 0.33 seconds faster than Firth.
Shabalina was always a fraction of a second ahead of Firth and was 0 in the first corner , 27 seconds ahead, while the GB woman shortened the gap to 0.15 seconds in the second corner.
But she couldn’t do enough to overtake the Russian last time.
However, it is still a sixth Paralympic Med aille for Firth and she has two more chances to add to her 100 back and 200 medley record.
“It was a really good race, I like races when they are very close. Unfortunately I didn’t get in touch, but after the year I’ve had, I’m so happy with it and can’t wait for the upcoming races, “said Firth.
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“After that year I decided I just wanted to swim for fun so I’ll just see what my times are and I look forward to getting back into training and hopefully going to Paris (2024). “
British colleague Jessica-Jane Applegate took bronze and came back with a time of 2: 09.53 to complete the podium.
James MacSorley and the British wheelchair basketball team, meanwhile, stand in front of one Competitive game against the USA in order to move up from Group B after the defeat against Germany.
Thomas Böhme scored 27 points for the Germans in the 71-59 victory, so MacSorley and Co. have to overcome the early hours of Saturday morning Medal hopefuls USA triumph, otherwise they are eliminated.
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