Bethany Firth producing Rio medal form in Glasgow trials

Bethany Firth
Bethany Firth

Bethany Firth qualified for a fourth discipline at the Rio Paralympics on Wednesday setting a British record for the 200m individual medley in the process.

The 20-year-old from Seaforde powered to victory in a time of 2:21.93 at the British Para-swimming trials in Glasgow.

Bethany has already qualified for the 100m breaststroke, backstroke, and the 200m freestyle.

In Tuesday’s freestyle race, the Seaforde woman broke her own world record by clocking 2:03.70.

“Words can’t really describe how I feel right now,” Firth said. 
“I was praying throughout that whole race I was just hoping that I could do a good time and show people that I’ve come here to mean business.

“I always have the world record in my mind ever since I watched it go at worlds last year.

“I wasn’t able to compete then because I broke my wrist but I came to watch the 200 Free and it pushed me on and made me want to be one of the top girls.”

Firth won gold for Ireland at the 2012 Paralympics before switching allegiance to GB&I.