Paralympic Games: On Thursday, she won the SM6 200m individual medley; Reece Dunn, Bethany Firth, Jessica-Jane Applegate, and Jordan Catchpole won the mixed 4x100m freestyle relay S14; and Grace Harvey took silver in the women’s 100m breaststroke SB5.
Following a Paralympic record and lifetime best time in the SB6 100m breaststroke final, Maisie Summers-Newton won her second gold of the Tokyo Games.
With a time of 1:32.34, the 19-year-old won the race ahead of China’s Daomin Liu and American Sophia Herzog.
Ellie Simmonds, a fellow ParalympicsGB athlete and Summers-inspiration, Newton’s finished fourth, 7.6 seconds off the pace, missing out on a podium spot.
Summers-Newton, who is competing in her first Paralympic Games, won her first Paralympic gold in the SM6 200m individual medley on Thursday.
Her achievements have surpassed even her own expectations, according to the Northampton swimmer.
“I’d hoped for the first one in the individual medley, but getting two, isn’t it just what dreams are made of?”
“I don’t know what to say, it’s just fantastic.” This one hasn’t sunk in quite as much as the medley, but I really, really wanted it, so it’s absolutely the frosting on the cake.”
On Thursday, Summers-Newton and Simmonds will compete in the S6 400m freestyle for the second time.
Summers-Newton said when asked how her more experienced teammate is: “She’s OK, of course.
“I believe Ellie is here – and I don’t want to speak for her – but I believe she is here for her fourth Games, just to have fun and be with the squad. That, I believe, is what everyone strives towards.
“She’s an inspiration to me and I’m sure to the other athletes here.”
ParalympicsGB won team gold and individual silver
Reece Dunn, Bethany Firth, Jessica-Jane Applegate, and Jordan Catchpole also had a golden performance in Tokyo on Saturday, winning the mixed 4x100m freestyle relay S14.
With a world-record time of 3:40.63, the quartet astonished the rest of the field, finishing nearly five seconds ahead of their closest opponents, Australia. Brazil earned the bronze medal, finishing 10 seconds behind ParalympicsGB’s team.
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Grace Harvey, meanwhile, won silver in the women’s 100m breaststroke SB5 event.
Harvey was inspired to compete after seeing the 2004 Paralympic Games. She began swimming as a kind of physiotherapy to help control spasms in her legs caused by cerebral palsy.
This is her first Paralympic Games. Harvey’s time of 1:42.22 was good enough to hold off Germany’s Verena Schott, but not fast enough to beat Yelyzaveta Mereshko on the day.
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