Four more gold medals for swim star Jessica-Jane
Gorleston swimming sensation Jessica-Jane Applegate warmed up for Tuesday’s visit to Buckingham Palace to collect her MBE by completing a stunning four gold medal haul at the weekend.
London 2012 Paralympic champion Jess stole the show at the four-day British Gas International meet at Leeds.
But after completing her quad-tastic feat by winning the MC 50 metres freestyle she admitted she was gutted for not clocking the time which would have enabled her to compete with able- bodied swimmers in the youth national championships.
“That was OK – it’s not what I wanted. If I’m honest I wanted the time for Nationals for youths, for able-bodied as well as the disability – that was a 28.04 and the time I need is 27.97 so I’m completely gutted. I am really trying to go for the able-bodied nationals.
I’m really competitive so hopefully next time I’ll get it. This week has been great though.” She claimed her first gold by breaking her own S14 record in the MC 100m freestyle, clocking 1.00.99.
Her success continued as she dominated from start to finish to win the 200m freestyle (her Paralympic event) in a new British record time of 2.12.47.
“My 200m free was a PB untapered so I’m really happy with that, “ said Jess, 16, who added the 100m butterfly title after clocking 1.11.84.
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n Sophie Mckinna, of Great Yarmouth and District Athletics Club, competed for England in the shot put at the Celtic Cup in Cardiff at weekend. The Celtic Cup is an annual competition between England and Wales and features athletes at U20 and Senior level.
Sophie was promoted to the senior competition and for the first time in the shot, women competed against the men in the Senior age group, with the men getting a four metre handicap.
Sophie won the competition with a throw of 15.54 metres that equated to 19.54 metres, a fantastic result.
Sophie has also been rewarded with her first Senior Great Britain vest. She is competing at the European Winter Throws Competition this weekend in Spain, which will provide her with more international experience.