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Firth tipped to come to the four in Rio

By David Kelly

Bethany Firth heads into 2016 in record breaking form and Ards coach Nelson Lindsay expects her to be in four events at the Rio Olympics.

A 2012 Paralympic gold medallist for Ireland, Firth will represent Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Rio and was consequently competing at the British Para swimming championships at the weekend - producing a series of fine performances.

The highlight of the meet came when 19-year-old Firth set a new S14 category World record for the 200m freestyle, while she also won the 100m backstroke, 100m breaststroke and 200m individual medley. Ards are also celebrating the gold medal of deaf swimmer Evie Gallen in the 400m freestyle under-13s.

Coach Lindsay said: "From September until now the club has had 22 records in total - Ulster and Irish junior and senior and now this from Bethy.

"Bethy hadn't tapered for the event, so come the British trials next year I expect her to go even faster and I would be confident that she will be able to do all four events in Rio.

"She makes big improvements and is a model athlete. She is focused about everything to do with swimming."

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