Inspirational Jessica-Jane Applegate wins more swimming silverware

Jessica Jane Applegate has become used to winning medals.

Jessica Jane Applegate has become used to winning medals. - Credit: Archant

Jessica-Jane Applegate produced one of the performances of her life tonight to add another medal to her growing collection.

The Norfolk teenager, from Belton, near Gorleston, bagged a women's 200m freestyle S14 silver at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) world championships in Glasgow on Wednesday night. And she matched the feat yesterday evening in the SM14 200m IM (individual medley) to continue her impressive form in Scotland.

Applegate knocked almost two seconds off her PB to finish the race in a time of two minutes, 25.78 seconds to finish behind Russian Valeriia Shabalina – who broke the world record on her way to winning gold.

The UEA City of Norwich starlet's coach Alex Pinniger said: 'I think it was an even better performance than the 200m freestyle because three years ago Jessica couldn't even swim breastroke.

'She just gets better and better at it in terms of performance. It's a credit to her determination to improve as an all-round swimmer, and it also shows that it's not just all about freestyle for Jessica.'

The 18-year-old, who has Aspergers syndrome, will be in action again tomorrow as she takes to the pool in backstroke competition.

'Jessica's not expected to be up there, but if she could grab a medal that would be fantastic,' added Pinniger.

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'Valeriia has only been in Paralympic competition for 18 months and is a very, very good swimmer. But for Jess it was all about focusing on process goals and her own performance. She performed outstandingly. She works very, very hard and she keeps getting better and better. She really is an inspiration to all our (Norwich) swimmers and so many other people.'