medals, but a good start at the Paralympics for Highbridge
swimmer Anthony Stephens missed out on a medal but had a good
opening day at the Paralympics in London on Thursday.
26 year-old, who lives in Burnham Road, Highbridge, qualified
for the final of the men's Freestyle 50m (S5) on Thursday morning
in a time of 35.59.
the final, he finished in sixth place - the same as Beijing four
years ago - in a time of 35.74. The race was fast paced with the
winner setting a new world record.
was cheered on by his family and supporters from Highbridge and
will be in action again on Saturday.
will be competing in the 200m freestyle - an event that he does
well in. He won a bronze medal at the 2004 Paralympics in the
Highbridge swimmer will also be swimming on September 6th, 7th
and 8th in the 100m, 200m free, 50m backstroke, and the 50m fly.
won a bronze medal at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, one of
five he has won overall in the last two Paralympics.
went to school at Highbridge's King Alfred School and still has
many friends and relatives in the Burnham-On-Sea area.
was born with no legs and just one fully developed arm, but has
never let this get in his way, and has been swimming from the
age of three and breaking records since he was 10.
took part in the Paralympics in Beijing in 2008 where he won a
bronze medal in the 200m Freestyle. He was also sixth in the 50m
Freestyle and fourth in the 100m Freestyle.
the 2004 Paralymics in Athens he won a bronze medal in the 50m
Freestyle, a bronze in the 100m Freestyle and a silver in the
this year's British Championships in London, he won a bronze medal
in the 50m Backstroke and hopes are high of more success.