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‘I swim because I love it’: Bethany Firth explains motivation ahead of another Paralympic glory bid

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Medals of honour: Northern Ireland ace Bethany Firth proudly shows off her Paralympic medals. Credit: Brian Thompson

Medals of honour: Northern Ireland ace Bethany Firth proudly shows off her Paralympic medals. Credit: Brian Thompson

Medals of honour: Northern Ireland ace Bethany Firth proudly shows off her Paralympic medals. Credit: Brian Thompson

Bethany Firth has been the golden girl of Paralympic swimming since 2012 but insists that it is the love of the sport more than medal glory that is driving her on as she prepares to start her campaign in Tokyo.

Five years ago in Rio, Firth was the most successful British athlete across all sports having bagged three S14 golds and a silver — including a successful defence of the 100m backstroke title she had won at London 2012. The 25-year-old will seek to make it a hat-trick of backstroke golds, but kicks off with the 200m freestyle tomorrow morning.


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