Bethany Firth delighted by ‘fun’ Paralympics silver as Jessica-Jane Applegate fails to reach final

There was no podium visit for Norfolk's superstar Paralympic swimmer Jessica-Jane Applegate last nig

There was no podium visit for Norfolk's superstar Paralympic swimmer Jessica-Jane Applegate last night. Picture: PA - Credit: PA

Great Britain's Bethany Firth, who has already won two golds in Brazil, added a silver to her collection last night.

She was neck and neck with Spain's Michelle Alonso Morales with 25m to go during the women's SB14 100m breaststroke.

Alonso pulled just ahead, and looked like she was going to smash the world record, but doesn't quite make it.

She finished in a time of one minute, 12.62 seconds to take a Paralympic record.

Firth settled for silver, while Magda Toeters of the Netherlands won bronze. Firth told BBC Radio Five Live: 'I'm so pleased to get a personal best in that event and I'm just over the moon with a silver.

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'Those girls I was racing against are specialists in breaststroke so to go against them in my 'fun' event was really exciting.

'To come here and get a silver in this event in more than I could've asked for.'

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Firth, from Northern Ireland, was the third fastest qualifier going into the final – which Norfolk's Jessica-Jane Applegate failed to reach.

Firth still has one of her stronger events – the 200m individual medley – to come on Saturday.

Applegate, will also be competing in the same event as she looks to end her time in Rio on a high.

She won the third Paralympic medal of her young life on Sunday but was still disappointed to have been beaten to the top spot on the podium by Firth.

Applegate actually swam six seconds faster than she did when won the gold at London 2012 in the S14 women's 200m freestyle. But this time she had to make do with silver.

The Burgh Castle, near Great Yarmouth, based star won bronze in the S14 100m backstroke on Friday.

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