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Patterson scoots his way to silver in London

Grant ‘Scooter’ Patterson is doing his chances of a second Paralympics selection no harm after snagging a silver medal on the opening night of the World Para Swimming Championships.

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Grant ‘Scooter’ Patterson is doing his chances of a second Paralympics selection no harm after snagging a silver medal on the opening night of the World Para Swimming Championships in London.

The Cairns swimming star finished second in the Men’s 50m Breaststroke SB2 final to claim the Australian Dolphins’ second piece of silverware on the night, while also posting a new Oceania record in the process.

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Australia’s Grant ‘Scooter’ Patterson prepares to race in the Men's 50m Breaststroke SB2 heats on Day One of the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images

Scooter clocked a time of 1:00.76, finishing 3.52 seconds behind gold Mexican swimmer Arnulfo Castorena.

“I had a good heats swim and then the final went a bit faster tonight, so it was a great swim and I’m happy with a silver medal,” said the Far North swimming legend.

Grant ‘Scooter’ Patterson during a training session at Tobruk Pool in Cairns. PICTURE: ANNA ROGERSSource:News Corp Australia

“It’s a great feeling to represent my country and come back here and win a medal.”

The 30-year-old is testing himself at the World Para Swimming Championships as he works towards a major goal of winning a Paralympic medal at Tokyo 2020.

After representing Australia at the London 2012 Paralympics, Scooter missed out on selection for Rio 2016 and is more determined than ever to make his second Paralympics appearance next year.

Western Australian Ben Popham won Australia’s first medal on the opening night of the World Para Swimming Championships, taking out the silver in the Men’s 100m Freestyle S8 final, while Yeronga Park product Rowan Crothers capped off an Aussie trio of medals, winning the bronze in the Men’s 50m Freestyle S10.

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