Bethany Firth wins first gold for the Irish Paralympic team

Updated: August 31, 2012

Bethany Firth has won a gold medal in the 100m backstroke at the London aquatic center.

Firth, 16,  built on her medal winning success of last year to win the gold in London on Friday evening.

Her winning time of 1:08.93 was 1.4 seconds faster than the time she qualified with in this morning’s heat

Downpatrick teenager Firth claimed a silver in the 200m freestyle at the European Championships last year.

Firth who was competing in the S14 class (learning disability) had struggled with shoulder injuries earlier this year

She will be fancied to also win a medal in the 100 breaststroke.

Since 2009, Bethany has competed in numerous able-bodied and disability competitions, with continued success. Along with her exploits in Berlin, 2011 proved particularly rewarding with the DSE National Junior Championships in Sheffield (seven gold medals), the Ulster Championships (two bronze medals) and the UK School Games (a gold and two silver medals).

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