Ryan Crouch makes final of S9 50metre freestyle at Rio Paralympics

GB Paralympic swimmer, Ryan Crouch, is pictured at Crown Pools in Ipswich.

GB Paralympic swimmer, Ryan Crouch, is pictured at Crown Pools in Ipswich. - Credit: Archant

Suffolk-trained swimmer Ryan Crouch is through to his first Paralympic final after winning his heat in Rio today.

The 22-year-old swam in his second event at the Games, the S9 50metre freestyle, at 3.24pm UK time.

Finishing first in his heat in a time of 26.54seconds, just shy of his 26.37sec personal best, meant he reached the final as the seventh-fastest qualifier.

Crouch, who has cerebral palsy, raced in the 100m freestyle yesterday but did not make it past the heats.

The Rio Games is his first time competing at a Paralympics after almost quitting the sport in April last year.

You can see a two-part video interview with Crouch before he flew out to the games here (part one) and here (part two).


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