Beaten Sheffield’s James Crisp turns back on freestyle

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SHEFFIELD’S James Crisp admitted he had swum his last-ever international 400m freestyle last night after trailing home in eighth at London 2012.

Crisp was on top of the world on Friday when he claimed his 12th Paralympic medal – in the S9 100m backstroke – 12 years after his first in Sydney.

However he was back down to earth with a bump last night as he ended up last in the 400m freestyle – an event he has won two Paralympic medals in at previous Games.

At 29 Crisp admits he is being forced to accept he is not the athlete he once was and insisted he will look to knock the 400m off his schedule going forward.

“I think that will be my last 400m freestyle internationally because I can’t do what I used to do when I was younger with it,” said Crisp.

There was a mixture of jubilation and despair for the Sheffield-based GB boccia squad.

The cheers came for the BC1-2 quartet of Nigel Murray, Zoe Robinson, Dan Bentley and David Smith who put the disappointment of missing out on defending their Beijing title by claiming bronze, beating Portugal 7-5.

Meanwhile the Maguire brothers – Stephen and Peter – were forced to settle for fourth in the BC4 category after losing 8-2 to Canada .

Sheffield-based wheelchair basketball women who lost their quarter-final to Germany 55-44.

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