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World falls in on Firth after an injury in training

By Stuart McKinley

Bethany Firth is out of this month's IPC Swimming World Championships. The 19-year-old was selected in the Great Britain squad for the competition, after switching from representing Ireland, but she has been forced to miss it after a training injury.

Bethany has suffered a fractured wrist and with the Championships starting on July 13 there is no possibility of her recovering in time.

The County Down girl had been hoping to go one better in each of the three events that she won silver medals in at the 2013 IPC World Championships in Montreal.

"I am really upset about not being able to compete in Glasgow," said Bethany.

"I had been looking forward to being a member of the British team and I was feeling in really good shape.

"The accident happened in training and I do not have enough time to recover in order to compete at the worlds.

"I want to wish my team-mates the best of luck for the competition. I know that they will be amazing and will show how good they are."

Losing Firth, who is also a Paralympic champion, will be a big blow to Team GB as they were hoping to make their mark as the host nation.

She had been due to compete in four events in Glasgow after coming second in the 100m backstroke, the 100m breaststroke and 200m freestyle in Montreal.

At the London 2012 Paralympic Games Bethany became Ireland's first medal winner when she took gold in the 100m backstroke.

Back in March she set a new world record in the 100m breaststoke in the same Glasgow pool that the World Championships will take place in.

After her setback Bethany will now focus her efforts on being ready for the Paralymic Games in Rio next year.

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