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Fox sets pace for ParalympicsGB in day seven heats

Jonathan Fox looked at ease in the Men’s S7 400m Freestyle heats on day seven of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The 100m Backstroke champion from London 2012 nailed every turn and put a good distance between himself and the rest of the field by the 200m mark.

By the touch, City of Manchester Aquatics’ Fox had a seven second lead, reaching the wall in 4:51.10 to qualify fastest overall.

Paralympic newcomer, Michael Jones of Mt Kelly Swimming, went out really hard in heat two. He had a good two body lengths on his nearest rival. Although he dropped off pace in the last 200m, he still touched the wall first with 4:58.50.

Cashmore qualifies for 100m Breaststroke final

Wyre Forest SC swimmer, Claire Cashmore, had a great race in the heats of the Women’s SB8 100m Breaststroke. The Paralympic swimmer was second in heat two, touching in 1:25.91 behind Canada’s Katarina Roxon.

Cashmore holds the British record in this event, which she set in Berlin in 2011, and won silver at London 2012 four years ago.

Firth hungry for another medal

Bethany Firth looked to be hunting her third medal of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, setting pace in the Women’s SB14 100m Breaststroke. She was chased down all the way by Marlou van der Kulk, but touched first comfortably with 1:18.19. The Newcastle Swim Team athlete went through with the third fastest time overall.

Jessica-Jane Applegate of UAE Norwich missed out on a spot in the final, touching 1:26.56 to finish ninth in the rankings.

Aaron Moores of Trowbridge and Scotland’s Scott Quin also made their way into the Men’s SB14 100m Breast final. Moores took an early lead in the opening 50m, but at the turn Quinn picked up the pace. Quinn managed to overtake Moores in the final stages of the race to touch in a new Paralympic record of 1:06.65.

22-year-old Moores was second to touch, less than a second off Quinn. The S14 classification swimmer touched in 1:07.25 to qualify second fastest for tonight’s final.