Aquatics / Olympics

Plymouth’s Dunn wins butterfly silver on his Paralympic Games debut

PLYMOUTH Leander’s Reece Dunn enjoyed a medal-winning debut at the Paralympics on Wednesday morning.

Dunn took silver in the men’s S14 100m butterfly event, finishing just behind Brazilian Gabriel Bandeira.

World record holder Dunn had broken the Paralympic record in the heats with a 55.99 swim. Although he went much quicker in the final, clocking 55.12 seconds, Bandeira just edged him out with a 54.76 swim.

But Dunn was just delighted to make the podium on his first day of competition, with the 200m freestyle, 200m IM and 100m backstroke still to come.

“Obviously I’m happy about it,” said Dunn afterwards. “I was a little disappointment in my finish – I lost it there but I’m still happy nonetheless.

“I knew it was going to be a tough race coming in, I knew it was going to go to the last five metres or so but he beat me to it.

“I’m quite happy with it, although obviously a little disappointed to be off my PB.”

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