Aberdeen’s Toni Shaw has become the first Scot to win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games, and the first British athlete to enjoy success in the pool in Tokyo.
Shaw set a new personal best, and a new Scottish record, with a time of 4:39.32 in the S9 400m freestyle and taking the bronze medal for her efforts.
On what was her Paralympic debut, the 18-year-old finished behind Australia’s Lakeisha Patterson and Hungary’s Zsofia Konkoly.
“I don’t know what to say, I’m just so happy,” Shaw told Channel 4. “The biggest thank you to all my family and friends.
“It’s been a different journey over the past year but without my coach, my team and my family I wouldn’t be here.”
The Paralympic medal comes in a year when Shaw had passed her driving test and secured straight A grades in her highers.
She added: “It’s been a really good year! I was really nervous before tonight but my coach calmed my nerves.
“I’ll be back for the relay on the Sunday which I’m so excited about.”
Shaw will also compete in the S9 100m butterfly.
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