The Hills swimmer scores bronze at Paralympics

Castle Hill swimmer Andrew Pasterfield, 22, has added a Paralympic bronze medal to his growing trophy cabinet following his podium finish in the S10 50-metre freestyle event.

He burst out of the blocks in the men’s final and swam a determined race to finish 0.73 seconds behind Brazilian winner Andre Brasil.

Pasterfield’s bronze-medal finish was all the more impressive given Brasil clocked a new world-record time of 23.89 seconds.

Speaking before the final, Pasterfield said he was confident of a good result, being ranked third in the 100-metres freestyle event.

‘‘It’s quite daunting walking out before a race,’’ he said. ‘‘I experienced that before in Beijing and but I feel like I’m more prepared this time.’’

Pasterfield has a busy schedule in London with four individual races and further medley appearances to come.

‘‘I know I’ve trained as hard as I could have and whatever happens I should be proud of my achievements.''

At the weekend Pasterfield qualified for the men’s 100-metres butterfly final but finished a disappointing seventh with a time of 56.35 seconds.

He’s since bounced back and qualified fifth fastest for tomorrow’s 100-metres backstroke final.

Later this week he will compete in the 100-metres freestyle race and could feature in several Australian relay teams.

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