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Bethany Firth adds second European gold as top Dublin display continues

Bethany Firth has won gold at the European Championships.
Bethany Firth has won gold at the European Championships.
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Bethany Firth has won her second gold medal at the World Para Swimming European Championships in Dublin.

The Seaforde swimmer finished first in Wednesday evening's Women's 100m Backstroke S14 final, adding to the S14 200m Freestyle gold she had won just a day earlier.

Firth finished in one minute 4.23 seconds, trailing her own world record by 0.18 seconds and finishing ahead of Team GB team-mate Jessica-Jane Applegate as well as third-placed Eva Coronado Tejeda from Spain.

"This season has been up and down so I'm delighted to come here and do my best," said Firth, whose training has been interrupted with a shoulder problem. "My backstroke has been going well and I was confident coming in, but I would like to have got the world record."

Firth had also won bronze in the SB14 100m breaststroke earlier this week and will have further opportunities for glory this weekend. The four-time Paralympic gold medallist will race in the Women's 100m Butterfly S14 on Saturday and Women's 200m Individual Medley SM14 on Sunday.

The 22-year-old won three gold medals in the 2016 Paralympic Games, adding to her single gold from 2012. She was then awarded an MBE for services to swimming.

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