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18-Year-Old Colleen Young Wins Paralympic Bronze In 100-Meter Backstroke

By Joe Clarke | Sept. 11, 2016, 8:32 p.m. (ET)

Colleen Young won bronze in the women's SB13 breaststroke at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

RIO DE JANEIRO The U.S. Paralympic Swimming Team collected its 13th medal of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Sunday night at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium as Colleen Young (St. Louis, Missouri) provided the hardware with a bronze in the women’s SB13 100 breaststroke. Team USA now has six gold, five silver and two bronze medals through the first four days of competition.

The Missouri native matched her finals seed to win her first Paralympic Games medal, fashioning a time of 1:17.02. Young came in only behind Great Britain’s Rebecca Redfern, who won silver with a 1:13.81, and Fotimakhon Amilova of Uzbekistan, who set a new world record in the event at 1:12.45. Young will also look to medal in the women’s S13 50 freestyle on Wednesday and S13 100 backstroke on Saturday.

Four-time Paralympian and 20-time Paralympic medalist Jessica Long (Baltimore, Maryland) had Team USA’s next highest finish, coming in fourth in the women’s S8 100 freestyle. Long etched a time of 1:05.72, coming .56 seconds shy of bronze. Long will swim the 100 backstroke, 50 freestyle and 200 individual medley in the remaining days of the Rio Games to complete her seven scheduled events.

Mallory Weggemann (Eagan, Minnesota) competed alongside Long in the S8 100 freestyle and came in eighth place with a 1:11.80. Weggemann will have an off day tomorrow after competing in the first four days of competition. She will return to the pool on Tuesday in the women’s S8 100 backstroke.

Four-time Paralympian Cody Bureau (Latrobe, Pennsylvania) swam in his first final of the Rio Games, touching sixth in the men’s SM9 200 individual medley with a time of 2:24.63. Bureau will have two more swims in Rio, hoping to add his one Paralympic medal from the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, which was bronze in the 200 individual medley. He swims the S9 50 freestyle on Tuesday and the S9 100 backstroke on Friday.

Martha Ruether (Allegany, New York) also competed in the SB13 100 breaststroke event with Young, posting a time of 1:20.48 in her first Paralympic final for an eighth-place finish. Ruether has the S13 50 freestyle and S13 100 freestyle still on her Rio itinerary.

Day 5 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games swimming competition begins with the preliminary session, starting at 9:30 a.m. BRT/8:30 a.m. ET. Finals start at 5:30 p.m. BRT/4:30 p.m. ET.

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