Norfolk swimming star Jessica-Jane Applegate takes Paralympic bronze in 100m backstroke

Jessica-Jane Applegate. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Jessica-Jane Applegate. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Swimming star Jessica-Jane Applegate won a Paralympic bronze medal last night after an exciting S14 100m backstroke race.

The 20-year-old, from Burgh Castle, finished third in a time of 1.08.67 in yesterday's race in Rio, which was won by fellow Briton Bethany Firth.

Applegate, who has Asperger syndrome, now goes on to compete in the S14 200m freestyle on Sunday, where she will defend her title.

The City of Norwich Swimming Club member took home gold in the race four years ago at the 2012 Paralympic games in London.

Aged just 16 at the time, she also won silver in the S14 50m and 100m freestyle races and has enjoyed regular success ever since.

Applegate, a former Ormiston Venture Academy pupil, is competing in the S14 200m freestyle on September 11. Heats begin at 2.43pm, with the final at 10.37pm.

On September 14, she is taking part in the S14 100m breaststroke and the S14 200m individual medley on September 17.

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Yesterday, another British swimmer struck gold when Ollie Hynd won the men's S8 400m freestyle.

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