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.