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Emma Newman-Baronious


Olivia Newman-Baronius equalled the S14 100m butterfly world record in her first major event to all but confirm her place at this summer’s Paralympics.

The 17-year-old said the Games were not on her radar three weeks ago before she swam at a World Series event in Italy.

But on Saturday she put in the joint-fastest time in history in her classification – one minute 3.33 seconds – to win the British title.

“I couldn’t really believe it,” the teenager said.

“I couldn’t see the board, I just heard it.”

Newman-Baronius won four medals on her Great Britain debut in Italy in March, but the Aquatics GB Swimming Championships are her biggest championships to date.

She has met the Paralympic nomination time in four events at the London Aquatics Centre – the 200m freestyle, 100m backstroke, 200m individual medley, plus the 100m butterfly – and her first title effectively rubberstamps her place for this summer’s European Championships and the Paralympics that follow.

“I didn’t get diagnosed with autism until October last year,” she said.

“This [racing at the Paralympics] hadn’t occurred to me until I was in Italy that it was possible.”

Also from British Swimming.


Emma has been partially supported by Leighton Linsalde Sports Council. Congratulations