Second silver for Firth at IPC World Championships in Montreal

Medal Winners for the womens 200m Freestyle S14 (l-r) Bethany Firth of Ireland (silver), Jessica-Jane Applegate of Great Britain (gold) and Taylor Corry of Australia (bronze)

Bethany Firth has secured a second silver medal at the IPC World Championships in Montreal.

The 17-year-old from Co Down was second in the S14 100 metres backstroke final in 1:07.41, with winner Marlou van der Kulk setting a world record of 1:06.70.

Firth won the backstroke event at the London Paralympics but Dutch swimmer Kulk led the qualifiers in Canada.

The local teenager won silver in the 200m freestyle event on Monday behind Britain's Jessica Applegate.

County Down teenager Firth has clocked 1:05.76 for the event this year, over three seconds faster than her gold medal swim in London 11 months ago.

That came when she finished third at the overall Irish Championships in Dublin.

"I'm delighted with Bethany's performance and the silver medal is a fantastic achievement," said Jim Laverty, Ireland's National Paralympic Head Swim Coach.

Applegate completed the podium places, coming third in 1:08.90.

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