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Bronze medallist Applegate thankful for 'amazing' support

Great Yarmouth swimmer Jessica-Jane Applegate has thanked her fans for their "amazing" support after she won a bronze medal on the first day of the Paralympics.

The 20-year-old finished third in the S14 100m backstroke, with teammate Bethany Firth claiming gold.

Applegate has Asperger syndrome and next goes in the S14 200m Freestyle heats on Sunday.

Norfolk swimmer wins bronze at Rio Paralympics

Jessica-Jane Applegate (left) and Bethany Firth. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Norfolk swimmer Jessica Jane Applegate has won bronze in the 100 metre backstroke S14 category at the Olympic Aquatics stadium during the first day of the games.

The 20-year-old from Great Yarmouth won a gold at the London 2012 game.

Great Britain's Bethany Firth won gold.

Meanwhile sprinter Jonnie Peacock set a new Paralympic record of 10.81secs in the T44 100m heat.

He'll go for gold in the final tonight.

Jonnie Peacock competes in men's 100m -T44 Heat 1. Credit: Simon Bruty for OIS/PA Wire


Peacock wins World title

Jonnie Peacock is now a Paralympic and World champion Credit: PA

Cambridgeshire sprinter Jonnie Peacock has added a world title to his 2012 Paralympic gold medal. Jonnie, from Chatteris, recovered from an early stumble to win the T44 100 metres final, at the IPC World Championships in Lyon, France,

Peacock won in a time of 10.99 seconds, just 0.02 second ahead of his American rival Richard Browne. It was sweet revenge for Peacock, who saw Browne break his world record in the semi finals.

Paralympian becomes charity patron

Jonnie Peacock becomes charity patron Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Paralympic gold medallist Jonnie Peacock has become a patron of the Meningitis Research Foundation.

The charity funds research in a bid to prevent the diesease and support for those affected by it. The London 2012 sprinter from Doddington in Cambridgeshire lost a leg to meningitis when he was just five years old.


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