Tokyo Paralympics: Tully Kearney wins gold for ParalympicsGB with new world record in S5 100m freestyle | Olympics News

The gold medal adds to the silver medal the 24-year-old won on day one in the S5 200m freestyle; the world-record time of 1:14.39 was over two seconds faster than the previous record

Last Updated: 26/08/21 10:51am

Tully Kearney has now won gold and silver at the Tokyo Paralympic Games

Tully Kearney has now won gold and silver at the Tokyo Paralympic Games

Tully Kearney broke the world record by over two seconds to take gold for ParalympicsGB in S5 100m freestyle at the Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Kearney’s gold, which she won in a time of 1:14.39, adds to the silver that she secured in the S5 200m freestyle on the opening day of the Games.

“I was obviously quite frustrated with how I swam the race yesterday,” she said following her gold-medal swim.

“Unfortunately through the injuries, I didn’t have the fitness to hold on. Today I was determined no one was going to beat me.

“It was so worth it – I have so many people to thank, if it wasn’t for my mother… after Rio I was told I could never swim again, because of my limitations. If it wasn’t for her forcing me to swim again, I wouldn’t be here.

“Even 19 days ago, I was in so much pain with my shoulder – all credit to the physio to help me get to this point.”

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