Teenager Kamlish fifth on Paralympic Games debut

02 September 2012

Sixteen-year-old Sophie Kamlish produced a terrific performance to finish fifth in her first Paralympic Games final at the London 2012 Games tonight (Sunday).

Kamlish, who is coached at the University of Bath by Rob Ellchuk, is representing ParalympicsGB at her first Games.

Paralympics London 2012 - Sophie Kamlish in the 100m heats.  (Photo:Neil Munns/ParalympicsGB)She clocked a time of 13.98 seconds in the T44 100m final in front of 80000 spectators at the Olympic Stadium.

Two of her training partners, Ben Rushgrove and Katrina Hart, were also in action in finals at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday night. The pair are both competing at their second Paralympic Games.

Hart, a University of Bath Sports Performance graduate, came sixth in the T36 100m final. She made a strong start out of the blocks but was overhauled late in the race, finishing in 14.41 seconds.

Rushgrove, also a Sports Performance graduate, produced a decent run in the final, finishing sixth in 12.37 seconds.

Sports Performance student Louise Hunt made her Paralympic Games debut representing Great Britain in the wheelchair tennis tournament. She lost her opening round contest 6-1 6-1 to Japan’s Yui Kamiji

She said: “I’m not disappointed with how I played but she’s a higher ranked player and played better than me.

“I had lots of friends and family in the crowd and I gave it my best but it wasn’t to be. I don’t think there’s anything I could have done differently. Now I’ll support the rest of the team this week.”

Earlier in the Games Nyree Kindred won silver in the SB6 backstroke on the opening day of the Games. She trained at Team Bath in the lead up to the Sydney Paralympic Games.

Another former Bath swimmer, Stephanie Millward, won the first Paralympic medal of her career with silver in the S9 100m backstroke.

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