Aquatics / Olympics

Plymouth Leander’s Dunn wins another Paralympic gold medal

PLYMOUTH’S Reece Dunn won a second Paralympic Games gold medal in the space of 24 hours on Saturday morning.

Fresh from winning the individual S14 200m freestyle event on Friday, Dunn helped the Great Britain mixed S14 4x100m freestyle relay team to victory in Tokyo in a world record time.

Dunn, who had also claimed a silver medal in the 100m butterfly on Wednesday, swam a superb opening 100m in 51.15 seconds.

Next up was Bethany Firth, who clocked a time of 57.77 for her leg before handing over to Jessica-Jane Applegate whose sensational swim put Britain in a great position ahead of the final leg.

The anchor leg was swam by Jordan Catchpole, who brought it home in a time of 52.68 as the team finished in 3:40.63, which was more than a second-and-a-half inside the world record that GB set in 2019.

On the team’s triumph, Firth said: “I feel like, when we come together, we swim really well as a team. I had these guys beside me, so I wasn’t as nervous as when I swim individually – but I was up against some boys, so I was nervous for myself.

“We all try to do GB so proud. We all swim individual events and against each other, but you can see when we come together, we are a proper team – and I think that showed in the pool tonight.”

Meanwhile, Mount Kelly swimmer Leo McCrea finished fifth in the men’s SB5 100m breaststroke final on Saturday.

Competing for Switzerland, McCrea clocked 1:34.29 in the final, having swam 1:33.86 in the heats to make it into the showpiece event.

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