Three out of three in the heats

15 Sep 2016

Just three swimmers took to the pool during day eight heats of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and each secured a finals berth.

Claire Cashmore kicked of the British action in the pool as she went in the Women’s S9 100m Butterfly.
Cashmore touched second in the opening of three heats and touched second in 1:09.77.
The time a new personal best secured comfortable progression into tonights final as the second fastest qualifier.
Afterwards Cashmore said: "That was really positive, the fact that I came back from last night and managed to pull it out of the bag this morning, I’m quite impressed with myself.
“It took a bit of guts going in there this morning, I was feeling pretty rubbish in the warm-up pool, but I pulled out a good swim and I’m really happy, I’m really chuffed with that."
The other event of the day featuring British representation was the Women’s SB6 100m Breaststroke.
Rio Paralympic Champion Ellie Simmonds was back in the pool and joined by teammate Charlotte Henshaw, who made her Rio 2016 competition debut.
Henshaw was first to the touch in heat one and set a new Paralympic record of 1:38.11 only for it to broken again moments later by Australia’s Tiffany Thomas Kane.
She said: “It was good, I knew I could go under the record because I’ve been going under it quite a mot.
“It’s been a long wait for me, I hadn’t swum before today and it’s day eight, so I just wanted to come in and blow the cobwebs away.
“I’ve put down a good marker and hopefully I can go a bit faster tonight."
Ellie Simmonds posted a time of 1:43.49 to be the fifth fastest qualifier and joins Henshaw who progresses as second fastest.