Harriet Lee wins Silver at the IPC World Championships

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Harriet Lee has won a silver medal at the IPC World Swimming Championships in Montreal.

Lee bettered the bronze she won at the London Paralympics by clocking a British record of 1:18.88 to beat Paralympic champion Khrystyna Yurchenko into second by 0.01s in the SB9 100m breaststroke. New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe took gold.

The 22 year-old suffered a fit after the morning heats and said afterwards: “It has been a tough few months for me and I didn’t know if I would even make the race.

“I have a condition which causes me to suffer fits and pass out, and I had a fit after the heats, so I’m really pleased to have come out with a medal.”

Lee is moving to Newcastle for next season with her boyfriend, who is going to university there, and COPS head coach Ben Negus said: “I am naturally delighted for Harriet to end her COPS career on a high by winning a medal at the World Champiosnhips. After all Harriet’s hardships last year and the work she had to go through to earn a medal at the Paralympics, it’s great to see that she could return a year later and win yet another podium position.

“I and the coaching team would like to wish Harriet all the best in her future endevours. We will miss her personality on deck and that’s what has brought her through the tough times.”

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