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Somerset woman completes historic swim

A woman from Somerset has made history by becoming the first person to swim from Cornwall to the Scillies.

Beth French, who's from Milverton, set off from Porthcurno yesterday lunchtime. She arrived on St Mary's this morning, completing the swim in 17 hours and 28 minutes. She said via twitter "I have an awesome body - mission completed!".

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Team Bath swimmers prepare to shine

The start of the Commonwealth Games is now less than three months away and today nine University of Bath National Training Centre swimmers were selected to represent England.

It will be a new experience for the majority of them but, as our sports correspondent Matthias Kurth reports, they're relishing the chance to shine in Glasgow.

Somerset woman swimming with 5 year old in tow

A woman who used to suffer from the debilitating illness ME is trying to become the first person in the world to swim the 26 miles from Land's End to the Isles of Scilly.

Beth French from Milverton in Somerset had to use a wheelchair when she was a teenager but says when she recovered she found she had so much energy she wanted to make the most of it. She trains by towing her five year old son behind her in a dinghy.

David Woodland reports.

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Bath's Liz Johnson adds bronze to gold and silver

Liz Johnson is celebrating winning bronze in the SB6 100m breaststroke final at the Paralympic Games.

The University of Bath-based swimmer, who has cerebral palsy, finished third behind Ukraine’s Viktoriia Savtsova, who set a Paralympic record, and Britain’s Charlotte Henshaw who took silver.

Liz Johnson on her way to winning bronze in the Women's 100m Breaststroke - SB6 Final Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

The swimmer’s bronze means she now has a full set of medals, after winning silver in Athens eight years ago and gold in Beijing in 2008.

“I’ve never had a bronze medal, so now I’ve got the full set at the Paralympics,” she said. “I’m definitely glad I got a medal in front of the home crowd.”

Liz Johnson's bronze medal at London 2012 means she now has the full set Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
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