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Rung swims to third medal at Paralympics

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Rung swims to third medal at Paralympics
Sarah Louise Rung celebrates her gold-medal victory earlier in the Games (Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/NTB Scanpix)

Sarah Louise Rung swam to a second silver medal at the Paralympics in London on Tuesday as she was defeated in the final of the 100m breaststroke by Ukraine’s Natalia Prologaieva.

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With a time of 1:43.99, Prologaieva also beat Rung’s previous world record in the SB4 class.

The 22-year-old Norwegian trailed the Ukrainian swimmer by 1.49 seconds, while Spain’s Teresa Perales took bronze.

”I’m pleased. She’s fantastic; it was absolutely well-deserved,” said Rung of the gold medallist.

”Of course it’s a bit disappointing, but I’m also very pleased with myself,” she told broadcaster NRK.

Rung won a gold medal in the 200m freestyle earlier in the Games, as well as taking silver in the 200m medley, a race also won by  Prologaieva.

A wheelchair user since a failed back operation in 2008, Rung said she was ready to take on the Ukrainian again in Friday’s 50m butterfly.

“She’s not rid of me yet; there’s one race to go,” said Rung.

Norway’s only other medal at the Games so far came at the weekend, when Tommy Urhaug took gold in table tennis.

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