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Millward breaks Paralympic record in day nine heats

Stephanie Millward lowered the Paralympic record in the S8 50m Freestyle on the penultimate day of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The Corsham ASC swimmer already has three medals from the Games, including a gold medal in the 100m Backstroke, in which she also broke a Paralympic record. The 34-year-old won heat one to qualify for the final with a time of 30.82.

Preston’s Steph Slater also made it into the final, qualifying fifth fastest overall. She touched in 31.17 to finish second in her heat.

Sunderland’s Josef Craig cruised into the S7 50m Freestyle final after comfortably touching in second place in heat one. He also qualified in fifth place overall with a time of 27.36.

Crisp in dead heat in the S9 100m Back

James Crisp swam an identical time to Patryk Biskup of Poland to qualify joint fastest for the S9 100m Backstroke final. The City of Sheffield swimmer touched in 1:05.00 to claim his spot in the final.

Bronze medallist in the SM9 200m Individual Medley, Amy Marren, secured a spot in the women’s final. The Romford SC swimmer put in the third fastest time, but qualified fourth fastest due to a dead heat for first and second place. She touched 1:14.06 to finish second in heat two.

Fox wins heat one of the S7 100m Free

Jonathan Fox of City of Manchester Aquatics was the fastest qualifier in the Men’s S7 100m Freestyle. The Rio 2016 double silver medallist was fastest in his heat by just under three seconds, touching 1:03.17 to bag lane four for the final.

Mikey Jones, also secured a place in the final of the 100m Free, finishing second in heat one with a time of 1:06.06. The Mt Kelly Swimming athlete already took a surprise victory in the S7 400m Freestyle, so there will be some anticipation from the crowd as to how he will perform in tonight’s sprint.

Susie Rodgers of Beckenham SC also has three medals under her belt. She has been in great form at the Paralympic Games so far, having won gold in the S7 100m Freestyle.

Rodgers goes into the 100m Freestyle final in fourth place after her heats swim of 1:13.96.

Russell sets pace in Women’s S13 100m Freestyle

Hannah Russell of Woking SC was the only swimmer to go under a minute in the Women’s S13 100m Freestyle heats. The 20-year-old clocked 59.99, and was the fastest qualifier from three heats.