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Rio Paralympics: Bethany Firth wins gold in S14 100m and sets new world record

'I could not have done it without the support back home'

Published 08/09/2016

Great Britain's Bethany Firth with her Gold medal during the medal ceremony for the Women's 100m Backstroke S14 at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium during the first day of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. PA
Great Britain's Bethany Firth with her Gold medal during the medal ceremony for the Women's 100m Backstroke S14 at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium during the first day of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. PA
Great Britain's Bethany Firth (right) with her Gold medal and Great Britain's Jessica-Jane Applegate with her Silver medal during the medal ceremony for the Women's 100m Backstroke S14 at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium during the first day of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. PA
Great Britain's Bethany Firth (right) with her Gold medal and Great Britain's Jessica-Jane Applegate with her Bronze medal alongside Silver medalist Netherland's Marlou Van Der Kulk at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium during the first day of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. PA

County Down swimmer Bethany Firth has won gold in the S14 100m backstroke at the Rio Paralympics.

The Seaforde woman set a new world record with a time of 1:04.05.  Dutch swimmer Marlou van der Kulk took silver, while Great Yarmouth's Applegate grabbed bronze with a time of 1:08.67.

Great Britain's Bethany Firth celebrates winning Gold in the Women's 100m Backstroke S14 Final at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium during the first day of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. PA
Great Britain's Bethany Firth celebrates winning Gold in the Women's 100m Backstroke S14 Final at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium during the first day of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. PA
Bethany Firth of Great Britain celebrates after winning the Women's 100m Backstroke S14 final on day 1 of the Rio 2016 Paralympics at Olympic Aquatics Centre on September 8, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
Bethany Firth of Great Britain celebrates after winning the Women's 100m Backstroke S14 final on day 1 of the Rio 2016 Paralympics at Olympic Aquatics Centre on September 8, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Bethany said: "I'm so chuffed about that, I could not have done it without the support back home, they’ve all been behind me. It’s not just my medal, it’s theirs as well.

"I'm quite a determined person, after breaking my wrist last year I had to come and watch the girls compete and that was hard to watch. But you can do whatever you put your mind to and I came back.

"We have a great team here and we’re all pushing each other on, we’ve already got two gold medals and I’m sure there’s more to come."

The 20-year-old rocketed onto the swimming horizon four years ago at the London Games, striking gold in the 100m backstroke S14 class.

She has been in fine form over the past 18 months, competing impressively in her S14 class as well as outside of it at Irish Championship level and as she prepared to represent Team GB in Rio, the Paralympic champion was quick to point to the impact made by Ards club head coach Nelson Lindsay.

It was as a 13-year-old that Bethany first came to the club, having been encouraged to compete at schools event. Advised to join a club, she was pointed in the direction of Ards, which over the past decade has been at the forefront of Ulster and Irish swimming — last year receiving the Swim Ireland Club of the Year award.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph before the start of the Games she said: “Nelson has been really good, he really pushes me in the water and makes me understand a lot better what I’m doing and sometimes when I’m down he picks me up but at the start I was actually afraid of him!” said Bethany.

“It took a lot of hard work at the start, working on the strokes and I’m still working on my strokes. I really enjoy training at Ards, it’s like we’re a whole family. When we’re in a lane together and we’re doing a really hard set you can always have someone to push you on and keep you going when you’re maybe struggling.

Bethany Firth of Great Britain celebrates after winning the Women's 100m Backstroke S14 final on day 1 of the Rio 2016 Paralympics at Olympic Aquatics Centre on September 8, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
Bethany Firth of Great Britain celebrates after winning the Women's 100m Backstroke S14 final on day 1 of the Rio 2016 Paralympics at Olympic Aquatics Centre on September 8, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

“It’s so good when you have to get up early in the morning and it’s cold outside and you know they’re going to be at the pool as well.

“Watching the Olympics and Team GB was very exciting, they did so well — I loved watching Adam Peaty win his breaststroke gold medal,” added Bethany, who relaxes away from her intensive swimming regime by walking her dog Russell.

The build-up to this year’s Games has certainly been much smoother than in 2012, as Lindsay revealed she had to work around an injury in order to strike backstroke gold.

Great Britain's Bethany Firth celebrates winning Gold in the Women's 100m Backstroke S14 Final at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium during the first day of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. PA
Great Britain's Bethany Firth celebrates winning Gold in the Women's 100m Backstroke S14 Final at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium during the first day of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. PA

“From my point of view we were going into the unknown because for about two months leading up to the Games all Bethy could do was kick. She even had to have her hands by her sides because of the shoulder injury she had picked up,” said Lindsay, who is part of the Team GB&NI coaching set-up in Rio.

“That’s why she could only compete in the backstroke in London. I knew before she had the injury she would have the chance of gold but after the injury I was hoping for any medal but then she went even better which was fantastic.

“Since London I believe she has improved a lot — in every department she has made big improvements.

Great Britain's Bethany Firth on the way to winning Gold in the Women's 100m Backstroke S14 Final at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium during the first day of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. PA
Great Britain's Bethany Firth on the way to winning Gold in the Women's 100m Backstroke S14 Final at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium during the first day of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. PA

“One of the big improvements has been how she paces a race. This is obviously very important and I have seen in her races over 200m just how that has made a difference. For example, at the Scottish Nationals this summer she set a new S14 200m freestyle World record.

“She’s also much fitter, she’s stronger and her strokes are better. She now understands more why we train in different ways and overall her technical understanding has improved.

“It’s going to be tough to win another gold medal but she has done all that has been asked of her. One thing about Bethy is that she is very diligent when it comes to the sets we do in training. She’s very focused and I can always be sure that she is not going to make a mistake.

Bethany Firth of Great Britain celebrates winning the gold medal in the Women's 100m Backstroke - S14 Final on day 1 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on September 8, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
Bethany Firth of Great Britain celebrates winning the gold medal in the Women's 100m Backstroke - S14 Final on day 1 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on September 8, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
Paralympic GB's Bethany Firth during a media session at the London Aquatics Centre, London. PA

“She has made big strides for someone who came into the sport at 13 and has a great attitude. For me personally it’s very nice to be part of the Team GB set-up in Rio. It will be very special for me to be alongside Bethy as she goes for gold.

“All I want her to do is focus on her own race, swim her best — that’s all she can control.”

Bethany Firth and Ards club head coach Nelson Lindsay
Bethany Firth and Ards club head coach Nelson Lindsay
Atheletes and performers enjoy fireworks during the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
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Lee Pearson during the ParalympicsGB Flagbearer announcement ahead of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, Brazil. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 6, 2016. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Equestrian rider Lee Pearson of Great Britain poses for a photo call on the beach after being chosen as Great Britain's flagbearer for the Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Equestrian rider Lee Pearson of Great Britain poses for a photo call on the beach after being chosen as Great Britain's flagbearer for the Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
China's Wang Wei plays billiard at the Paralympic Village during the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 6, 2016. Photo by: Al Tielemans /OIS/IOC via AFP. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. / AFP PHOTO / OIS/IOC / Al Tielemans for OIS/IOCAL TIELEMANS FOR OIS/IOC/AFP/Getty Images
China's Wang Wei plays billiard at the Paralympic Village during the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 6, 2016. Photo by: Al Tielemans /OIS/IOC via AFP. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. / AFP PHOTO / OIS/IOC / Al Tielemans for OIS/IOCAL TIELEMANS FOR OIS/IOC/AFP/Getty Images
Cyclists take a training ride on the track around the Paralympic Village during the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 6, 2016. Photo by: Al Tielemans /OIS/IOC via AFP. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. / AFP PHOTO / OIS/IOC / Al Tielemans for OIS/IOCAL TIELEMANS FOR OIS/IOC/AFP/Getty Images
Handout photo provided by The OIS/IOC of Great Britain Boccia players Patrick Wilson (left) and Jamie McCowan play a video game in the Paralympic Village, Rio. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday September 6, 2016. Photo credit should read: Al Tielemans/OIS/IOC/PA Wire. NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Feng Yanke of China plays table tennis at the Paralympic Village during the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 6, 2016. Photo by: Thomas Lovelock for OIS/IOC via AFP. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. / AFP PHOTO / OIS/IOC / Thomas Lovelock for OIS/IOCTHOMAS LOVELOCK FOR OIS/IOC/AFP/Getty Images
Handout photo provided by The OIS/IOC of Germany's Vanessa Low working in the gymnasium in the Paralympic Village, Rio. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday September 6, 2016. Photo credit should read: Thomas Lovelock/OIS/IOC/PA Wire. NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Japan's Keita Sato, Atsushi Yamamoto, Toro Suzuki and Hajimu Ashida pose for photographers in the Paralympic Village, Rio. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday September 6, 2016. Photo credit should read: Thomas Lovelock/OIS/IOC/PA Wire. NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Australian athletes jog around the Paralympic Village during the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 6, 2016. Photo by: Thomas Lovelock for OIS/IOC via AFP. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. / AFP PHOTO / OIS/IOC / Thomas Lovelock for OIS/IOCTHOMAS LOVELOCK FOR OIS/IOC/AFP/Getty Images
An athlete jogs in the Paralympic Village during the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 6, 2016. Photo by: Thomas Lovelock for OIS/IOC via AFP. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. / AFP PHOTO / OIS/IOC / Thomas Lovelock for OIS/IOCTHOMAS LOVELOCK FOR OIS/IOC/AFP/Getty Images
Vanessa Low of Germany works out in the gym at the Paralympic Village during the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 6, 2016. Photo by: Thomas Lovelock for OIS/IOC via AFP. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. / AFP PHOTO / OIS/IOC / Thomas Lovelock for OIS/IOCTHOMAS LOVELOCK FOR OIS/IOC/AFP/Getty Images
Takashi Sanada of Japan works out in the gym at the Paralympic Village during the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 6, 2016. Photo by: Thomas Lovelock for OIS/IOC via AFP. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. / AFP PHOTO / OIS/IOC / Thomas Lovelock for OIS/IOCTHOMAS LOVELOCK FOR OIS/IOC/AFP/Getty Images
Japanese athletes Keita Sato, Atsushi Yamamoto, Toro Suzuki and Hajimu Ashida pose for a photo in the Paralympic Village during the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 6, 2016. Photo by: Thomas Lovelock for OIS/IOC via AFP. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. / AFP PHOTO / OIS/IOC / Thomas Lovelock for OIS/IOCTHOMAS LOVELOCK FOR OIS/IOC/AFP/Getty Images
Athlete wears prosthetic legs at the Paralympic Village during the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 6, 2016. Photo by: Al Tielemans /OIS/IOC via AFP. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. / AFP PHOTO / OIS/IOC / Al Tielemans for OIS/IOCAL TIELEMANS FOR OIS/IOC/AFP/Getty Images
Slovakian cyclists take a ride in the Paralympic Village during the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 6, 2016. Photo by: Al Tielemans /OIS/IOC via AFP. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. / AFP PHOTO / OIS/IOC / Al Tielemans for OIS/IOCAL TIELEMANS FOR OIS/IOC/AFP/Getty Images
Patrick Wilson (L) and Jamie McCowan representing Great Britain in boccia play a video game in the Paralympic Village during the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 6, 2016. Photo by: Al Tielemans /OIS/IOC via AFP. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. / AFP PHOTO / OIS/IOC / Al Tielemans for OIS/IOCAL TIELEMANS FOR OIS/IOC/AFP/Getty Images
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a Swimming training session at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a cycling track training session at the Olympic Velodrome ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a cycling track training session at the Olympic Velodrome ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a cycling track training session at the Olympic Velodrome ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a cycling track training session at the Olympic Velodrome ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a cycling track training session at the Olympic Velodrome ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a Swimming training session at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a Swimming training session at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a cycling track training session at the Olympic Velodrome ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a cycling track training session at the Olympic Velodrome ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a Wheelchair Basketball training session at the Olympic Arena ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a cycling track training session at the Olympic Velodrome ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a cycling track training session at the Olympic Velodrome ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a cycling track training session at the Olympic Velodrome ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a cycling track training session at the Olympic Velodrome ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a Wheelchair Basketball training session at the Olympic Arena ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a Wheelchair Basketball training session at the Olympic Arena ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a Wheelchair Basketball training session at the Olympic Arena ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a Wheelchair Basketball training session at the Olympic Arena ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a Swimming training session at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a Wheelchair Basketball training session at the Olympic Arena ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a Wheelchair Basketball training session at the Olympic Arena ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a Swimming training session at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a Swimming training session at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: In this handout photo supplied by the IOC, Athlete wears prosthetic legs in the Paralympic Village prior to the start of the Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Al Tielemans/OIS/IOC via Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a Swimming training session at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a Wheelchair Basketball training session at the Olympic Arena ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a Wheelchair Basketball training session at the Olympic Arena ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view during a Wheelchair Basketball training session at the Olympic Arena ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
Tomotaro Nakamura of Japan removes his swim cap with his feet while training in the Olympic Aquatics Stadium during the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 6, 2016. Photo by: Simon Bruty for OIS/IOC via AFP. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. / AFP PHOTO / OIS/IOC / Simon Bruty for OISSIMON BRUTY FOR OIS/AFP/Getty Images
Tomotaro Nakamura of Japan trains in the Olympic Aquatics Stadium during the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 6, 2016. Photo by: Simon Bruty for OIS/IOC via AFP. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. / AFP PHOTO / OIS/IOC / Simon Bruty for OISSIMON BRUTY FOR OIS/AFP/Getty Images
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Paralympic Village ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
Dutch athletes stroll around the Paralympic Village during the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 6, 2016. Photo by: Thomas Lovelock for OIS/IOC via AFP. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. / AFP PHOTO / OIS/IOC / Thomas Lovelock for OIS/IOCTHOMAS LOVELOCK FOR OIS/IOC/AFP/Getty Images
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Christ the Redeemer statue is lit in the colors of the Paralympic torch the night before the start of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Christ the Redeemer statue is lit in the colors of the Paralympic torch the night before the start of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, with the Cantagalo 'favela' commuity in the foreground, on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Christ the Redeemer statue is lit in the the colors of the Paralympic torch the night before the start of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Christ the Redeemer statue is lit in the colors of the Paralympic torch the night before the start of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, with the Cantagalo 'favela' commuity in the foreground, on September 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Press gathers at the Paralympic Flame Ceremony on September 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Raphael Dias/Getty Images for the International Paralympic Committee)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Sir Philip Craven, IPC President, at the Paralympic Mural Ceremony on September 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Raphael Dias/Getty Images for the International Paralympic Committee)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Members of the IPC Governing Board at the Paralympic Mural Ceremony on September 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Raphael Dias/Getty Images for the International Paralympic Committee)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Sir Philip Craven, IPC President, at the Paralympic Mural Ceremony on September 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Raphael Dias/Getty Images for the International Paralympic Committee)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Breno Viola, brazilian judo athlete and Eduardo Paes, Rio de Janeior mayor, at the Paralympic Flame Ceremony on September 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Raphael Dias/Getty Images for the International Paralympic Committee)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Sir Philip Craven, IPC President, attends to the Paralympic Flame Ceremony on September 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Raphael Dias/Getty Images for the International Paralympic Committee)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Sir Philip Craven, IPC President, and Eduardo Paes, Rio de Janeiro City Mayor at the Paralympic Flame Ceremony on September 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Raphael Dias/Getty Images for the International Paralympic Committee)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Sir Philip Craven, IPC President; Leonardo Picciani, brazilian minister of sports; Eduardo Paes, Rio de Janeiro mayor; and Carlos Arthur Nuzman, Brazilian Olympic Comitee President; attend to the Paralympic Flame Ceremony on September 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Raphael Dias/Getty Images for the International Paralympic Committee)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Sir Philip Craven, IPC President; Leonardo Picciani, brazilian minister of sports; Eduardo Paes, Rio de Janeiro mayor; and Carlos Arthur Nuzman, Brazilian Olympic Comitee President; attend to the Paralympic Flame Ceremony on September 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Raphael Dias/Getty Images for the International Paralympic Committee)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Wilfried Lemke, United Nations Secretary General Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, at the Paralympic Mural Ceremony on September 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Raphael Dias/Getty Images for the International Paralympic Committee)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Breno Viola, brazilian judo athlete, lights up the flame at the Paralympic Flame Ceremony on September 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Raphael Dias/Getty Images for the International Paralympic Committee)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Breno Viola, brazilian judo athlete, lights up the flame at the Paralympic Flame Ceremony on September 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Raphael Dias/Getty Images for the International Paralympic Committee)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Sir Philip Craven, IPC President, attends to the Paralympic Flame Ceremony on September 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Raphael Dias/Getty Images for the International Paralympic Committee)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Sir Philip Craven, IPC President at the Paralympic Village on September 5, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Raphael Dias/Getty Images for the International Paralympic Committee)
File photo dated 30-06-2016 of Rachel Morris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday September 7, 2016. Rachel Morris cannot shake the cycling bug, but she believes it has complemented her bid for rowing glory at the Rio Paralympics. See PA story PARALYMPICS Morris. Photo credit should read Alex Morton/PA Wire.
File photo dated 06-09-2016 of Lee Pearson during the ParalympicsGB Flagbearer announcement. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday September 7, 2016. The XV Paralympic Games open in Rio on Wednesday night with 10-time gold medallist Lee Pearson leading Great Britain into a full to capacity Maracana Stadium. See PA story PARALYMPICS Rio. Photo credit should read Adam Davy/PA Wire.
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 07: Rio2016 workers celebrate after the 2016 Paralympic Torch Relay ended at Copacabana beach before its final stop at Maracana Stadium tonight for Opening Ceremonies on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Many of the workers had been following the Olympic and Paralympic torch relays for four months and this was their last stop on the route. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 07: Rio2016 workers celebrate after the 2016 Paralympic Torch Relay ended at Copacabana beach before its final stop at Maracana Stadium tonight for Opening Ceremonies on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Many of the workers had been following the Olympic and Paralympic torch relays for four months and this was their last stop on the route. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 07: A torch bearer walks during the 2016 Paralympic Torch Relay along Copacabana beach before tonight's Opening Ceremonies on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 07: Rio2016 workers celebrate after the 2016 Paralympic Torch Relay ended at Copacabana beach before its final stop at Maracana Stadium tonight for Opening Ceremonies on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Many of the workers had been following the Olympic and Paralympic torch relays for four months and this was their last stop on the route. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 07: A torch bearer carries the Paralympic flame during the 2016 Paralympic Torch Relay along Ipanema beach before tonight's Opening Ceremonies on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 07: A torch bearer carries the Paralympic flame during the 2016 Paralympic Torch Relay along Ipanema beach before tonight's Opening Ceremonies on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 07: A torch bearer carries the Paralympic flame during the 2016 Paralympic Torch Relay along Ipanema beach before tonight's Opening Ceremonies on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 07: A torch bearer carries the Paralympic flame during the 2016 Paralympic Torch Relay along Ipanema beach before tonight's Opening Ceremonies on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 07: A torch bearer poses in front of the Paralympic symbol, Agitos, during 2016 Paralympic Torch Relay along Copacabana beach before tonight's Opening Ceremonies on September 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
People make their way to the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games at the Maracana, Brazil. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 7, 2016. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
People make their way to the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games at the Maracana, Brazil. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday September 7, 2016. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY

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