TOKYO PARALYMPICS - Day 2 action, results

Posted: 10am 25 Aug 2021

Swimming – Brenden Hall, Lakeisha Patterson, Kirralee Hayes

Brenden Hall and Lakeisha 'Lucky' Patterson have eased into tonight's finals of the men's and women's 400m Freestyle S9 at the Paralympics.

Mango Hill resident Hall finished third in his heat this morning, which was the first event of the Tokyo Games.

The champion from London 2012 and Rio 2016, was second for much of the race before Australian team-mate William Martin pipped him in the final 100m.

Hall, the world and Paralympic record holder in this event, clocked 4 minutes 19.3 seconds to Martin’s 4:17.99 and winner Simone Barlaam's time of 4:17.95.

Lakeisha Patterson powering through the water. Picture: Delly Carr, Swimming Australia.

Lucky through

In the second heat Australia's Alexander Tuckerfield touched first from Ugo Didier, of France. 

The top eight finishers go into the final at 6pm (AEST) tonight, live on 7Plus. Hall clocked the fifth fastest time, well down on his world and Paralympic records.

Patterson, from Caboolture, was never threatened as she shadowed Australian team-mate Ellie Cole right through the second heat of the women's 400m Freestyle S9.

Cole touched first in 4:48.29 to Patterson's 4:49.91. Their final is at 6.10pm (AEST) this evening.

Kirralee Hayes who made her Paralympic debut today.

Kirralee Hayes, from Genesis Aquatic at Bray Park, made her Paralympic debut at Tokyo Aquatic Centre this morning.

The 17-year-old finished fifth in heat three of the women's 100m Butterfly S13 clocking 1:12.68. 

Unfortunately, that is not likely to see the founder member of Genesis Aquatics in Bray Park through to the final in one of the most competitive categories.

However, Hayes has the 50m Freestyle S13 heats to come on Sunday at 11.06am (AEST).

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