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Paralympic sports - 23. May 2008.

British news from The German Championships

The women's 50m Backstroke also proved to be a fortuitous event for the British squad as both Heather Frederiksen (City of Salford) and Stephanie Millward (Melskham) entered the final having broken the European and world records respectively in the heats.

Frederiksen lowered the European record twice throughout the first day of competition. She touched home in her heat in a time of 38.04 to claim her first record of the day.

She swam an excellent race in the final to storm home in a time of 37.53 to lower the European record even further. She took the silver medal after taking a total of 1003 points in the S8 category.

" I felt much stronger going into the final than I did in this morning's heats," Frederiksen said. "I am really happy to be able to take that record when I am in the middle of a heavy training period. This is a big positive for me to forward. I am also really happy to get on that podium today."

The gold medal went to Sara Carracelas (Spain) in a time of 1:17.09 and a total of 1062 points in the S2 category. Bronze was taken by Stephanie Dixon (Canada) after finishing in a time of 34.03 and a total of 992 points in the S9 category.

Millward showed her strength in this morning's heats to claim her world record in the S9 category in a time of 33.84. She finished the final in a time of 34.10 to take fifth place with a total of 985 points.

"This morning felt really good," Millward said. "It wasn't entirely unexpected, but it is a relief to get it now. I beat Steph Dixon to the world record, which has helped me gain confidence over her.

"In the final I just didn't have enough to go out and swim that fast again, I felt good through the first 30 metres but I just didn't have enough for a finish. I need to get some more training under my belt and I will feel better for the months to come.

Charlotte Henshaw (Stirling) went into the final of the women's 100m Breaststroke knowing she had tough competition in Germany's Kirsten Bruhn.

Henshaw got off to a good start and looked strong as she turned to enter the final 50m, she was pushed on by Bruhn's power and Henshaw touched home in a time of 1:44.04. Bruhn touched in 1:39.90.

Bruhn claimed the gold medal after taking a total of 1337 points in the SB5 category. Henshaw took the silver medal after claiming 937 points in the SB6 category. Isreal's Inbal Pezaro won the bronze medal after claiming 919 points from a time of 1:57.75 in the SB4 category.

Swansea Performance's Eleanor Simmonds claimed the gold medal in the women's 200m Freestyle youth final.

The 13-year-old swam an excellent race to finish in a time of 2:52.16 and after claiming a total of 842 points in the S6 category took the gold medal.

Louise Watkin (Kelly College), also competing in the youth final, swam a well timed race as she kept her stroke rate high to touch in a time of 2:23.81 and took a total of 803 points in the S9 category to secure Britain's only first and second place of the day.

Huntingdon's Lauren Steadman took sixth place in the youth final after touching in a time of 2:30.62 and claimed 699 points in the S9 category.
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