Mansfield’s Charlotte Henshaw claims silver medal at Paralympic Games

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MANSFIELD swimmer Charlotte Henshaw struck silver at the London Paralympic Games on Wednesday evening - just an hour after fellow Nova Centurion Ollie Hynd from Kirkby had claimed gold.

Charlotte missed out on the gold medal in the SB6 100m breaststroke final by just three one hundredths of a second.

But afterwards Charlotte, who had smashed the newly-set Paralympics record as she easily won her heat earlier in the day, said she was just delighted with the medal, adding: “I’m so pleased with a silver medal. Just to get on the podium, I’m so, so happy. I really, really am.”

She had beaten fellow GB swimmer Liz Johnson’s newly created record in the morning heat, finishing in 1.39.64.

But in the final Ukranian Viktoriia Savtsova again broke the record to take gold in 1.39.13 in a tense, exciting finish with Henshaw so close to gold in 1.39.16. Johnson claimed bronze.

However, after missing out on a medal at Beijing where she was fourth, Charlotte streesed that she was happy with a medal: “I know it’s gutting to be just outside the gold medal but I’ve tried my absolute hardest and I can walk away with my head held high with a silver medal so I’m so happy.”

Henshaw had been shocked with her performance earlier in the day when she set a Paralympic record, lowering the mark Johnson had laid down in the previous heat.