No stopping ParalympicsGB's Redfern in day four heats

Swimming News

Rebecca Redfern and Tom Hamer broke Paralympic records on their debuts for ParalympicsGB to reach this evening’s finals.

Redfern was first to lower a record, swimming 1:17.08 in heat two of the SB13 100m Breaststroke to qualify fastest for the final.

The Worcester swimmer, who set her world record of 1:15.96 at this year’s British Summer Champs, finished 2.02 seconds ahead of USA’s Colleen Young in her heat.

Germany’s Elena Krawzow was second fastest through, clocking 1:17.25 to win the other heat.

Hamer left behind the field in his wake in his S14 200m Freestyle heat. The City of Manchester swimmer lowered the Paralympic record and tied his own British record with a time of 1:57.31.

The 18-year old’s time left him second fastest qualifier for tonight’s final. Australia’s Daniel Fox was fastest overall with a Paralympic record 1:57.19.

Firth and Applegate make waves in 200m Freestyle

Jessica-Jane Applegate won heat one of the S14 200m Freestyle, setting a new Paralympic Record in the process. This was then broken in heat two by ParalympicsGB teammate and world record holder Bethany Firth in heat two.

Firth of Newcastle Swim Team qualified fastest overall on 2:05.96 while Applegate of UEA Norwich was second through in 2:07.95.

Craig sails into 100m Freestyle final

Josef Craig lowered his own British record in the S8 100m Freestyle, touching in 58.73 to win his heat and qualify fastest for tonight’s final.

The Sunderland swimmer’s previous record was a 59.19 effort from the 2015 British Summer Championships in Sheffield.

Nova Centurion’s Ollie Hynd was third fastest in the same heat as he clocked 59.62 to progress in fourth.

Corsham’s Stephanie Millward had a tight race in her S8 100m Freestyle heat. She was just half a second behind Australia’s Madison Elliott, and qualified fourth fastest with her time of 1:08.24.

James Crisp of Sheffield also made his way into the final of the SM9 200m IM. The Paralmpic silver medallist in the 100m Backstroke at London 2012 touched in 2:22.72, and secured an outside lane.

Harriet Lee had a great swim in the SM10 200m IM, coming second in her heat behind New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe. She qualified fourth fastest overall going into the final, touching in 2:35.90.