Cornish swimmer Jonathan Fox strikes gold
CORNISH swimmer Jonathan Fox sent the Aquatics Centre into raptures when he became the first British champion in the pool at London 2012 with victory in the S7 100 metres backstroke.
Gold for the 21-year-old from St Stephen - nicknamed ’Foxy Bingo’ - was the pinnacle for the host nation who also claimed silver medals through Nyree Kindred in the S6 100m backstroke and Paralympic debutant Hannah Russell in the S12 400m freestyle.
Today Royal Mail were due to paint a postbox in Fore Street, St Stephen gold in Fox's honour.
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Fox was the clear favourite going into the final after lowering his own world record to one minute 09.86 seconds.
The race was ultimately a duel between Fox and Yevheniy Bohodayko.
The Briton appeared to have sealed victory by the 75m mark but the Ukrainian came back with every stroke with Fox holding him off to touch in 1min 10.46secs to upgrade his silver medal from Beijing.
After leaving the water, Fox played to the ecstatic crowd, pumping his arms in the air to every part of the venue with a beaming Duchess of Cambridge looking on.
Fox admitted he had struggled at the end of the race when his opponent was closing in.
He said: “When I turned at 50 I was feeling good but the last 25 my legs blew up.
“You are always thinking in the back of your mind ’I can see the guy in lane five coming back at you’ and you are dying inside and you just want to finish it.
“I just stuck to it and hit the wall fast.”