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Silver lining is a huge relief after injury, says Firth

 

Northern Ireland's Bethany Firth felt relieved to finish second in the 200m medley at the World Para Swimming Championships on Saturday after an old injury returned to haunt her.
Northern Ireland's Bethany Firth felt relieved to finish second in the 200m medley at the World Para Swimming Championships on Saturday after an old injury returned to haunt her.

By Robert Jones

Northern Ireland's Bethany Firth felt relieved to finish second in the 200m medley at the World Para Swimming Championships on Saturday after an old injury returned to haunt her.

Firth, who recovered from a long-term shoulder injury to represent Great Britain at the London Aquatics Centre this week, battled through returning pain to touch in 2:23.04 to win silver - her third medal of the event.

Four-time Paralympic gold medallist Firth finished over four seconds behind Valeriia Shabalina of Russia and while winning another World gold in Stratford would have been special for the 23-year-old, she was relieved she was even able to compete.

"My injury started to come back after this morning so I was so happy to be in the final, let alone come away with silver," said Firth, who claimed her first World gold with victory in the 100m backstroke on Tuesday before winning another in the freestyle relay. "I'm so happy with that. I couldn't ask for more."

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