British record holder Challis qualifies second as five Brits book finals spotsAugust 29, 2021
Another swift morning of racing from the ParalympicsGB team has seen some impressive races from the athletes with many of them booking spots in the finals.
First up were Scott Quinn and Conner Morrison, who both comfortably secured spots in the final of the Men’s SB14 100m Breaststroke.
Quinn qualified in third place with a time of 1:06.20, which is less than a second off his personal best time of 1:05.28.
The Warrender Baths swimmer said of his performance: “I’m happy with that this morning, it’s just one of those to get the cobwebs out the way”.
His teammate Morrison qualifies in sixth position with a time of 1:08.01, a time that is just off his lifetime best of 1:07.34.
In the women’s equivalent, Louise Fiddes swam a time of 1:18.64 to ensure her spot in the final of the Women’s SB14 100m Breaststroke.
Fiddes raced in the Women’s S14 100m Butterfly final earlier in the competition and finished fifth overall.
Challis within 0.07 of own British Record
British record holder Ellie Challis came extremely close to her own record mark of 55.61 with a time of 55.68 in the heats of the Women’s S3 50m Backstroke.
The youngster set the new record earlier this year while competing in Manchester.
Her time in Tokyo has seen her qualifying in second place to the final of the same event – only just behind the leader Trimi of Italy who swam a time of 54.79.
Newly-crowned Paralympic champion Hannah Russell put up another superb swim in the heats of the Women’s S13 50m Freestyle to qualify in fourth position with a time of 27.96.
Her teammate, Becky Redfern, started her Paralympic bid strongly with a time of 29.62 in this event to finish in 21st overall. Redfern will compete in her main breaststroke event on Wednesday.