Becky Redfern and Zara Mullooly flying the flag for Britain in day eight finalsSeptember 1, 2021
Paralympics GB duo Becky Redfern and Zara Mullooly will be flying the flag for Britain during the day eight finals at the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Only four British swimmers are in action today with Redfern and Mullooly the only two to reach their respective finals.
Worcester’s Redfern, who won a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics in the SB13 100m Breaststroke, will be aiming to go one better in Japan.
She won her heat to qualify for this morning’s final second fastest in a time of 1:15.46.
That was only 0.15 behind the fastest qualifier, Germany’s Elena Krawzow, and Redfern will swim in lane five knowing she has an excellent chance of a podium place.
Meanwhile, Northampton swimmer Mullooly competes in the S10 400m Freestyle final – one of six swimmers in the race.
Upbeat and positive
Her qualifying time of 4:34.91 is the British record she currently owns.
Mullooly’s Northampton team mate William Perry has vowed to come back stronger after finishing 18th overall in the S6 100m Freestyle on his Paralympics debut.
He clocked 1:14.75 to take sixth place in his heat and said: “I’m going to do everything as hard as I can – and you are going to hear my name a lot more in Paris, I can tell you that.”
Andy Mullen also missed out on a finals spot in the S5 50m Freestyle.
His time of 36.01 saw him finish seventh in his heat – and 13th overall.
He said: “This has been a hard meet for everyone but the attitude and mood within the team has always been incredibly upbeat and positive.”