First Paralympic medal


S14 swimmer Tom Hamer claimed silver in the 200m freestyle S14 in Rio on his Paralympics debut.

And the 18-year-old is hoping to go one better in Tokyo in 2020. The European champion, from Rawtenstall, set a new Paralympic record in the heats, touching home in 1:57.31, although that time was bettered by Australia’s Daniel Fox in the second heat in 1:57.19.

Hamer beat Fox into third in the final, but Hong Kong’s Tang Wai Lok took gold in another new Paralympic best time of 1:56.32. Hamer said: “I’m really happy with that. I came in here to win it so I’m happy but disappointed. “I just thought I would get it but the swimmer came out of nowhere.

“I’m in the best shape of my life so far, I’m only 18, I’ve got a couple more years to come and hopefully going forward my rivals won’t be anywhere near me. I’ve got a lot more in the tank. I’m not sure what happened.”