Charlotte Henshaw reaches breaststroke final at Rio 2016September 15, 2016
Charlotte Henshaw booked a spot in the SB6 100m Breaststroke final on day eight of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Competing in her only event of the Games, the 29-year old won her heat in a Paralympic record 1:38.11 to progress to tonight’s final.
Australia’s world champion Tiffany Thomas Kane lowered the Paralympic record further to qualify fastest in 1:35.43 with Henshaw through in second.
And the Nova Centurion swimmer admitted she had her sights set on a faster swim tonight.
“I’m happy with that,” said Henshaw. “I’ve put down a good marker and hopefully I can go a bit faster tonight.
“I knew I could go under the record because I’ve been going under it quite a lot.
“It’s been a long wait for me, I hadn’t swum before today and it’s day eight, so I just wanted to come in and blow the cobwebs away.”
Five-time Olympic gold medallist Ellie Simmonds also made the SB6 100m Breaststroke final, qualifying fifth fastest in 1:43.49.
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Cashmore seals final berth in S9 100m Butterfly
Claire Cashmore also sealed a final berth this evening, qualifying in second with a PBB in the S9 100m Butterfly.
The Wyre Forest SC swimmer broke 1:10 for the first time in her career, clocking 1:09.77 to progress behind China’s Xu Jialing (1:09.43).
“That was really positive,” said Cashmore, who won silver in last night’s SB8 100m Breaststroke.
“I came back from last night and managed to pull it out of the bag this morning so I’m quite impressed with myself.
“It took a bit of guts going in there this morning, I was feeling pretty rubbish in the warm-up pool, but I pulled out a good swim and I’m really chuffed with that.”