Swimmer Ryan Crouch places eighth in first Paralympic final in Rio

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

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

It will be a debut Paralympic Games to remember for East Anglian swimmer Ryan Crouch.

The 22-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, qualified for two events in Rio and yesterday made the final of his second, the S9 50metres freestyle.

Finishing first in his morning heat to make the final in seventh place, Crouch swam again in the evening with fellow Brit Matthew Wylie.

While the pair finished at opposite ends of the results, with Wylie claiming gold, it has been a remarkable journey for Crouch to even get to the Paralympics after almost quitting swimming for good last April.

And a final appearance in his first ever Games will be sure to spur on the Ipswich-trained swimmer from Manningtree, who said before flying out to Rio he was aiming to compete at more major international events.

Crouch won his S9 50m freestyle heat in a time of 26.54seconds, just shy of his 26.37secs personal best.

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In the final he finished in 26.76secs. Crouch’s other event was the S9 100m freestyle, where he swam a 58.27secs race but did not make the final.

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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