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Hynd brothers reach podium on day two

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31st August 2012

Brothers Oliver and Sam Hynd both secured their first medals of the London 2012 Paralympic Games as they scooped silver and bronze in a dramatic S8 400m Freestyle final.

Defending champion Sam had qualified fastest for the final with ParalympicsGB’s Thomas Young second fastest and Oliver third fastest but China’s Wang Yinan set about upsetting the odds as he took the race out.

I did a PB and I got a silver medal so I’m so happy.

Oliver – the younger of the brothers, making his Paralympic debut in London – was the only Brit who could match Wang’s pace and while he missed out on gold by an agonising 0.77, he could have no complaints about a personal best 4:27.88.

Sam ultimately held off a late challenge from Young, touching in 4:32.93 for bronze with the third Brit coming home fourth in 4:33.57.

“I’m very tired but very happy,” said Oliver. “I did a PB and I got a silver medal so I’m so happy.

“I knew the race had gone out very fast. I couldn’t see where Tom and the Chinese boy were over the other side so I just tried to stick to Sam and move through the race.”

Sam added: “Wang had about a 10 second PB from this morning which is a phenomenal amount of time to drop just in one day.

“I didn’t expect him to go as fast as he did but that’s racing – that’s what we’re all here to do.

“I’m not disappointed at all – I’ve got another Olympic medal. I’ve now got three Olympic medals from two Games so I’m ecstatic.

“I’m extremely proud of Oliver – he’s done so well. I know he trains extremely hard and he deserves everything he gets.”

Heather Frederiksen scooped her first medal of the Games, defending her silver from the Beijing Games in the S8 400m Freestyle.

To be able to get a medal in front of a home crowd is an incredible feeling.

USA’s Jessica Long stormed clear to clock a world record 4:42.28 for gold but European champion Frederiksen was in a league of her own in the race for silver as she clocked 5:00.50 – nearly nine seconds clear of Australia’s Maddison Elliott in third.

The Brit had a breakthrough meet at the 2008 Paralympics with 400m Freestyle silver paving the way for a further individual gold, silver and bronze in the S8 classification.

But having endured a difficult year with on-off illness, the Brit admitted it was an emotional feeling to reach the Paralympic podium again.

“It means so much to me,” said Frederiksen. “To be able to get a medal in front of a home crowd is an incredible feeling. I really couldn’t have given any more today.

“To be able to be here after the 12 months I’ve had with illness is great so to be able to go home with a medal from this event is absolutely phenomenal.”

James Crisp claimed the 12th Paralympic medal of his career as he clinched silver in the S9 100m Backstroke.

This medal is vindication for all those years and for all the rehab I’ve gone through since 2008.

Competing at his third Games, having missed the Beijing Paralympics in 2008 through injury, former champion Crisp was determined to return to the podium.

And after qualifying second fastest, Crisp clocked his fastest time in two years to maintain his position and touch behind Australia’s Matthew Cowdrey (1:02.39) in 1:03.62.

“It’s my first Paralympics for eight years and I was watching Beijing with my arm in a sling,” said Crisp.

“So this medal is vindication for all those years and for all the rehab I’ve gone through since then.

“I know I’m near the end of my career so to win a silver at my home Games is an absolutely unbelievable feeling.”

Competing at his first Paralympics, 16-year old Morgyn Peters also impressed in the S9 100m Backstroke final, setting a personal best 1:04.79 to finish fifth overall.

Stephanie Millward claimed the first Paralympic medal of her career with silver in the S9 100m Backstroke.

I feel so proud and so impressed. I feel on top of the world really.

Millward has become one of the stars of the British team since her Paralympic debut four years ago, winning six medals at the 2010 World Championships in Eindhoven.

But having finally landed an elusive Paralympic prize, Millward admitted it was a moment she would truly savour.

“A silver medal is incredible,” said Millward, who has multiple sclerosis. “I feel so proud and so impressed. I feel on top of the world really.

“There was a time I thought I wouldn't be able to swim, walk or even see again so to win a Paralympic medal, whether it be gold, silver or bronze, proves you can keep on going through an illness.

“It was a bit of a shame to finish fifth in the 100m Fly yesterday but looking back, it was probably a good warm-up for today. It did what it had to do.”

Competing alongside Millward in her first Paralympic final, 14-year old Amy Marren clocked a personal best 1:14.31 to finish fifth overall.

Aaron Moores clinched ParalympicsGB’s fifth silver of the night in the S14 100m Backstroke.

I was expecting to come fourth or maybe third so when I looked up and saw second, I was so surprised.

Having lowered his British record to 1:04.80 to qualify third fastest from the heats, the 18-year old sailed under the marker in 1:04.44 to secure his medal in the first S14 event of the Games.

“I was expecting to come fourth or maybe third so when I looked up and saw second, I was so surprised,” said Moores.

“Second place at the Paralympics is an incredible feeling.

“It feels amazing to have the silver round my neck – it’s something I’ve been working for my whole life and now I’ve finally done it.”

Ben Procter also made the S14 100m Backstroke final and finished a creditable fifth in a season’s best 1:05.88 – just 0.45 seconds off his personal best from last year’s European Championships.

Jessica-Jane Applegate clocked a personal best 1:09.58 to finish fourth in the women’s S14 100m Backstroke.

With her favourite 200m Freestyle still to come, the 16-year old made an impression in her first Paralympic appearance, finishing just 0.08 seconds shy of the Netherlands’ Marlou van der Kulk in third.

Having lowered her own British record in the heats, 13-year old Chloe Davies (1:10.10) put in another mature performance, finishing fifth while European bronze medallist Natalie Massey (1:12.87) came seventh.

Susie Rodgers finished an agonising fourth in the S7 50m Butterfly final.

Having qualified third fastest for the final, the European champion couldn’t quite replicate her heat form as she clocked 37.54 to touch 1.14 seconds shy of the podium.

Matt Walker was also in S7 50m Butterfly action, finishing seventh in the men’s final in 33.93.

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