Beijing Paralympics 2008

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ParalympicsGB Swimmers hit medal target but much more work needed

ParalympicsGB swimmers signed off their Beijing Games campaign with a total of 41 medals and, with 11 being gold, finished fourth in the swimming medal table.

With a target of 41 medals set for swimming, the ParalympicsGB swimming team achieved their target as they continued to feature among the world swimming elite.

On their way to achieving the medal target and a fourth-place finish the ParalympicsGB swimmers broke seven World, 25 European and 39 British records.

National Performance Director Tim Reddish was encouraged by the team's performance but feels British Swimming needs to do more to continue to be a world leader in disability swimming and move further up the medal table.

Beijing Paralympics 2008 Swimming Day 9 Finals - four more medals for GB

The final day of competition at the Beijing Paralympic Games saw the ParalympicsGB swimming team win four medals in the Watercube.

Rob Welbourn continued his medal success in the menís S10 400m Freestyle and going into the final he was ranked as the fastest athlete after an excellent morning swim. Welbourn has a strong finish and let the Brazilian Andre Brasil go for the lead over the first 200m and as the race continued Welbourn pulled it back and began to close the gap on Brasil.

However, the distance was too much for Welbourn as he couldnít catch the Brazilian and the ParalympicsGB swimmer touched home in a new European record time of 4:07.61 to take the silver medal.

Beijing Paralympics 2008 Swimming Day 9 Heats - GB sets up final medal push

The ParalympicsGB swimming team put in another strong performance during the final day of heats at the Beijing Paralympic Games.

Seven athletes and the 34 point Medlay relay team qualified for their finals after excellent performances this morning.

First up on the final day of competition was Rob Welbourn in the men's S10 400m Freestyle and he didn't disappoint. He entered pool-deck looking confident and looked strong during his heat. He lay in second place at the halfway mark and it was a close fought victory, but Welbourn claimed the number one spot in his heats with a time of 4:18.19 to qualify fastest for the final.

"I took it easy out there," Welbourn said. "With the relay I have a lot of races today and I knew I had to conserve my energy. I wanted to go at a steady pace and seeing the second heat I could have gone slower. I am just going to see what happens in the final now."

Beijing Paralympics 2008 Swimming Day 8 Finals - Roberts equals 11 medal record of Dame Tanni Grey-Thomson

ParalympicsGB swimmers continued their medal haul with two gold, one silver and two bronze medals boosted by the performances of south west athletes.

Youngest ParalympicsGB athlete Eleanor Simmonds won her second gold medal of the 2008 Paralympic Games as she followed in the footsteps of 2004 Double Paralympic Champion Nyree Lewis.

Simmonds had a battle on her hands for the gold with Mirjam de Koning-Peper (the Netherlands) swimming close to her best in the heat of the womenís S6 400m Freestyle. The world record holder had a slow start but brought it back over the first 200m as de Koning-Peper and Simmonds fought for the lead. It was only in the last 100m that Simmonds took the lead and she began to look dominant as she pushed hard for her gold medal.

Beijing Paralympics 2008 Swimming Day 8 Heats - 12 GB athletes make finals

The penultimate day of the 2008 Beijing Paralympic swimming programme saw 12 ParalympicsGB swimmers reach their finals as they aim to continue the ParalympicsGB medal rush in the pool.

World record holder Eleanor Simmonds took to the water in her main event this morning and looked calm as she entered onto the pool deck. Simmonds broke the world record in the womenís S6 400m Freestyle in March and was looking for a strong swim here to stand her in good stead for a podium finish this evening.

The 100m Freestyle Paralympic Champion got an excellent start but was pushed all the way by Mirjam de Koning-Peper. At the 250m mark Simmonds pushed on and took the lead from de Koning-Peper and extended it to almost a second in the final 100m. Simmonds touched home in a time of 5:56.24 to qualify fastest for the evening final.

Beijing Paralympics 2008 Swimming Day 7 Finals - world records continue to tumble

ParalympicsGB swimming team continued their medal rush in the Watercube by adding one silver and three bronze medals to their already impressive medal tally on a day in which 14 world records smashed.

Matt Walker struck silver in his fourth race of the Games with an impressive swim in the men's S7 50m Butterfly. Walker swam well this morning and looked confident as he entered for this evening's final. He swam well as he won silver in a new European record time of 32.24 - his fourth medal in four races.

"I am just so happy. It has been my best results at a games ever and I am so happy. I knew the Chinese guy would go fast so I knew I needed to stick with him. I have four medals out of four races and I am hoping for five out of five later in the week. I want to compete in London I don't want to miss it. I want to come back and have more success."

Gold went to China's Tia Rong in 30.37 and bronze was claimed by Mang Pei (China ) in 32.24.

Beijing Paralympics 2008 Swimming Day 7 Heats - 10 GB athletes make finals

Day seven of the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games saw 10 ParalympicsGB athletes progress to their respective finals after putting in excellent performances in the Watercube this morning.

Emma Cattle lowered the European record in the women's 100m Backstroke after looking strong throughout her heat to finish in second place. At the first turn Cattle lay in fourth place but after an excellent final 50m she pushed on and overtook America's Susan Beth Scott to move up to second. She touched home in a time of 1:14.05 to knock one second off Sarah Bailey's European record.

"I have been waiting for two years to go under 1:16 and now I have and it is really good," Cattle said. "I have made my first final and I am so excited. It felt easy and comfortable and to break the European record is just amazing."

Beijing Paraympics 2008 Swimming Day 6 Finals - five medals for GB

The ParalympicsGB swimming team won five more medals to add to their already impressive medal tally this evening with a set of impressive performances from the athletes.

Liz Johnson put in a brave performance in the women's SB6 100m Breaststroke as she swam to an impressive victory to retain her title from the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games. Australian Sarah Bowen pushed the world record holder all the way and although Johnson had a one second lead at the first turn Bowen found something deep within to chase Johnson down and sat on her shoulder as they approached the final 15m. Johnson battled for the victory as her desire for her second consecutive Paralympic gold medal took over and she touched ahead of the Australian in a time of 1:41.87 to claim the gold medal.

Beijing Paralympics 2008 Swimming Day 6 Heats - successful morning for GB

The heats of the sixth day of the Paralympic Games saw the ParalympicsGB swimming celebrating a successful morning in the pool with all but one swimmer progressing to the final.

Sam Hynd controlled his heat in the men's S8 400m Freestyle and shave a massive five seconds off the world record with an impressive morning swim. Hynd led throughout the entire race after an excellent start and at the halfway point he held a huge nine second lead over Jiachao Wang. The world record holder turned ten seconds ahead of the Chinese athlete at the final turn and touched in a new world record time of 4:26.46.

Beijing Paralympics 2008 Swimming Day 5 Finals - Roberts takes his tenth gold

Dave Roberts won his tenth Paralympic gold medal as the ParalympicsGB swimming team continued to claim medals in the Watercube in Beijing. Roberts was pushed all the way in this morning's heats of the men's S7 400m Freestyle by American Lantz Lamback and went into the final knowing he would have to fight for the victory. He looked confident as he came out onto the pool deck and got off to a good start as he battled for a lead over Lamback.

The world record holder held a three second lead as they went into the final 200m and extended that to four seconds with only 100m to go. After touching home in a time of 4:52.35, Roberts won his third medal of the Games and his tenth in total.

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