Fox flies to gold
Thrilling win for 21-year-old
Last Updated: August 31, 2012 7:28am
Jonathan Fox: Celebrates winning gold
Jonathan Fox became Great Britain's first Paralympic champion in the pool at London 2012 after he won a thrilling S7 100 metres backstroke race at the Aquatics Centre.
The 21-year-old had lowered his own world record in qualifying during the morning heats, and although his winning time was slower it was enough for victory.
Effectively, the race was a duel between Fox and Yevheniy Bohodayko with the Briton appearing to have sealed victory by the 75m mark.
The Ukrainian came back with every stroke but Fox held him off to touch in one minute 10.46 seconds to upgrade his silver medal from Beijing.
Fox said: "It was a good time - 1:10 - I thought I was going to pip the world record again. I am very happy I got a gold medal.
"In the final it's all about getting that gold medal around your neck which I have done so I am really happy."