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Northern Ireland swimmer Bethany Firth out to make an even bigger splash

By Adam McKendry

Published 10/09/2016

Northern Ireland swimmer Bethany Firth
Northern Ireland swimmer Bethany Firth

Northern Ireland swimmer Bethany Firth will be aiming for her second gold medal of the Rio Paralympics today when she races in the 200m freestyle.

Seaforde's Firth, who yesterday took gold and broke the world record twice in the 100m backstroke, is scheduled to race in her heat at 10.33am with the final set to begin at 6.40pm.

Firth, who is representing Team GB in Rio, will be hoping to improve on her silver medal finish at the 2013 World Championships in Montreal.

Also in action today is Larne's Claire Taggart, who is competing for Team GB on the opening day of the boccia mixed team event.

They take on the Netherlands at 3pm before facing Japan later at 10.50pm in their first two matches of the Games.

Team GB and Team Ireland are in 7-a-side football action today, with both teams searching for their first wins in Rio.

Team GB, who have David Leavy among their ranks, were beaten by Brazil in their opening match but will hope to fare better against Ukraine at 2pm.

Team Ireland will take their turn at facing Brazil at 11pm, with Cormac Birt and Ryan Walker part of their squad for the game.

Yesterday, Katie Morrow scored 16 points for Team GB's wheelchair basketball squad as they hammered Argentina 70-29 in their second match at the Games.

Morrow will be involved again today when Team GB take on Germany in their third preliminary game at 3.45pm.

Tomorrow, Team Ireland middle distance runner Michael McKillop will take to the track for the first time as he looks to defend his 1500m title.

The Belfast man will race in his T37 heat at 4pm and is favourite to bring home another gold medal.

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