More success in the Paralympics

Swimmer James Crisp from Sheffield Photo:

More of our region's Paralympic athletes have made it to the finals.

James Crisp from Sheffield has booked a place in the men's SM9 200m individual medley final. He had a slow start out of the blocks but an impressive backstroke leg allowed him to take a brief lead.

Despite leading the pack after the first 100m, Crisp was overtaken by Matthew Cowdrey of Australia, who managed to finish the race on top in a time of 2:19.79s. James completed the medley just behind his Australian opponent in 2:22.09s.

And Leeds' Claire Cashmore secured her places in the women's individual SM9 200m medley final. She took a strong start in the first leg of the race but it was fellow Brit Louise Watkin who blasted out of the blocks along with Ellie Cole of Australia.

Cashmore kept hot on their heels and by the final leg of the race it was a head-to-head contest between the two Brits after the pair left their opponents behind in the water. Watkin managed to touch the end of the pool first with a time of 2:39.21 with Cashmore just behind in 2:39.75.

The duo's compatriot Stephanie Millward also made the final after finishing second in her heat in 2:38.47.

However swimmer Sam Hynd, from Kirkby-in-Ashfield near Mansfield, will not contest for a medal in the men's S8 100m freestyle final after failing to qualify in his heat. The British hopeful, who witnessed his younger brother Oliver win gold in the SM8 200m individual medley, had a weak start and failed to pick up time on his rivals at the Aquatics Centre.

Hynd could only claim seventh place with a time of 1:05.21s, while Denis Tarasov of Russia stormed to the finish in 58.65s. Meanwhile, Hynd's compatriot Thomas Young booked a place in the final after finishing fourth in the same heat.