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Amy Marren is back in the Paralympic pool this morning for the S9 women’s 400m freestyle heats.

Newham-born Marren, from Hornchurch, finished fifth in the 100m backstroke final last Friday and will be looking to book a place in another medal race tonight.

The 14-year-old swims in the first heat at 10.19am, alongside fellow Brit Stephanie Millward.

Lauren Steadman goes in the second heat at the Aquatic Centre.

London-based Susie Rodgers competes in the S7 women’s 50m freestyle heats later this morning.

And the 29-year-old will go into her latest event on a high, after claiming her first Paralympic medal yesterday.

European champion Rodgers was competing in the 100m freestyle, her third final of these Games, and improved on her heat time to hold off Ukraine’s Ani Palian to win bronze in one minute 12.61secs.

“It was brilliant, absolutely fantastic,” said Rodgers.

“It was a tough race but I just didn’t want to come fourth again so that was my aim.

“The crowd were fantastic, that was the best thing ever. It is fantastic to be on the podium in front of the home crowd.”

Rodgers was back in action later in the evening to win another bronze medal in the 34-point 4x100m freestyle relay.

The British quartet of Claire Cashmore (S9), Stephanie Millward (S9), Rodgers (S7) and Louise Watkin (S9) put in a brave battle against the USA, but just missed out on silver.

The Brits clocked 4:24.71 to finish just behind the Americans (4:24.57), as Australia won gold in a world record 4:20.39.

“It was a tough race, we tried our best,” said Rodgers.

Millward added: “ We swam really well, we had a fantastic swim but so did other teams. We’re pleased with that.”

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