30 Aug 2012

Paralympics: Fox wins GB’s first swimming gold

Jonathan Fox wins ParaGB’s first gold from the aquatics centre in the 100m backstroke S6 class.

Fox was in the gold position after the first 50m and maintained the lead ahead of his Ukranian rival Yevheniy Bohodayko all the way to the end. He won with a time of 1:10:46.

Fox, who broke the world record in S7 heats this morning, has cerebral palsy. He qualified with a time of 1:09:86 – nearly three seconds faster than his closest rival, Ukraine’s Bohodayko.

At Beijing Fox won gold in the S7 100m backstroke, and was a gold medallist in the same event at the IPC European Championships last year.

Read Giles Long's guide to swimming classification on the Channel 4 Paralympics website.

Jonathan Fox’s medal followed silvers picked up by ParaGB’s female swimmer Nyree Kindred and Hannah Russell.