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Firth continues 200m Freestyle form in Sheffield

Bethany Firth sent another message out to her Paralympic rivals with an impressive 200m Freestyle effort at the 2016 British Summer Championships.

The Brit became the first female para-swimmer to break 2:03 earlier this month, with an S14 200m Freestyle world record 2:02.09 in Glasgow.

And the 20-year old came close to lowering the marker again in Sheffield, clocking 2:02.30 to clinch bronze against non-disabled swimmers in the senior final.

While Firth will be competing at her second Paralympics this summer, it will be her first for Team GB, having won S14 100m Back gold for Ireland at London 2012.

Cashmore lowers PB for 100m Fly gold

Wyre Forest swimmer Claire Cashmore will be making her fourth Paralympic appearance in Rio. And the 28-year old looked sharper than ever as she claimed the MC 100m Fly title in Sheffield with a PB 1:10.29.

Cashmore is better known for her exploits in the 100m Breast, but her effort in Sheffield raises her to third in this season’s S9 100m Fly world rankings.

Romford Town’s Amy Marren clocked her fastest 100m Fly since 2014 with 1:11.32 for silver.

Loughborough’s James Hollis was just 0.08 seconds shy of his S10 British record as he took gold in the men’s MC 100m Fly.

The 22-year old touched in 58.79 with another S10 swimmer, Karl Harazawa, clocking a PB 59.10 for silver.

Rio-bound S14 swimmer Tom Hamer set the fifth fastest swim of his career to win the MC 200m Free title in 1:58.37.

Finally, there was a PB in the women’s MC 200m Freestyle final as Hatfield’s Louise Fiddes took the touch in 2:19.36.

  • Click here to view results from the 2016 British Summer Championships in Sheffield.
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