Moores makes it double for ParalympicsGB on day sevenSeptember 14, 2016
The second gold medal in the pool for Paralympics GB on day seven came from Aaron Moores of Trowbridge.
This came after Mikey Jones took gold in the S7 100m Freestyle, and preceded Hannah Russell’s world record in the S8 100m Backstroke.
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Despite qualifying behind team mate Scott Quin, the 22-year-old went out much faster and took an early lead.
It looked as though Moores had it in the bag, then in the last 20m Quin turned up the heat. It was almost impossible to see who touched the wall first, but Moores still clocked the marginally faster time of 1:06.67.
The SB8 classification swimmer said: “I can’t believe it, it’s a dream come true. I can’t wait to have the gold medal around my neck.
“Scott and I train so hard, and it shows in the fact we came top two in the world.”
Quin, who set a Paralympic record in the heats, was just three hundredths of a second slower. He touched 1:06.70 for silver.
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Cashmore wins second silver of Rio 2016
Claire Cashmore had a great start in the Women’s SB8 100m Breaststroke, taking the lead as she came off the blocks. The 28-year-old won silver at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and looked to have her eyes firmly set on gold this time round.
At the final 25 metre mark, Katarina Roxon moved up a gear and left Cashmore behind. The Wyre Forest SC swimmer reached the wall in a time of 1:20.60 to claim silver.
She commented on her silver: “I had a race plan and I think I pretty much followed it until probably the last length when I got a bit excited.
“I wanted a personal best time and I wanted that gold medal. I know silver is still great but I am a bit gutted.”
- View full results from the day seven swimming finals at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.