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Disappointment for Firth as she is forced to pull out of 100m breaststroke

The 16-year-old was Ireland’s first gold medal winner of the Games, but a recurring shoulder injury has ruled her out.

IRELAND’S FIRST GOLD medal winner at the London Paralympics, Bethany Firth, has been withdrawn from Thursday morning’s 100m breaststroke and will not be able to compete.

The 16-year-old has a recurring shoulder injury, and also had to be pulled from last Sunday’s S14 200m Freestyle with the same complaint.

Firth had secured gold in the S14 100m backstroke last week.

The County Down teenager became the youngest and most recent addition to Ireland’s Paralympic swim team last year at the age of 15, after winning silver in her 100m backstroke event and reaching the final of her two other events at last year’s IPC European Swimming Championships in Berlin.

Since 2009, Firth has competed in numerous able-bodied and disability competitions, with continued success.

Along with her exploits in Berlin, 2011 proved particularly rewarding with the DSE National Junior Championships in Sheffield (seven gold medals), the Ulster Championships (two bronze medals) and the UK School Games (a gold and two silver medals).

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