UK’s Stephanie Millward Tells BBC That She Is Correctly Classified S8

Great Britain’s Stephanie Millward, who was reclassified from S9 to S8 earlier this summer, reportedly told Reshmin Chowdhury of the BBC that she is now competing in the right class.

Millward was a 5-time medalist at the Paralympics in London with four silvers and one bronze in the S9 category. The move to S8, a traditionally slower classification, placed her among the ranks of Australia’s Maddison Elliott and Lakeisha Patterson and the U.S.’s Jessica Long

Millward broke the S8 100 back world record earlier this summer at the British Summer Championships.

On Thursday, Millward won the bronze medal in the women’s S8 400 free with 4:49.49, coming in behind both Patterson (4:40.33) and Long (4:47.82).

She is one of five British female swimmers to have won medals so far this Paralympics. Other medalists for the UK women include Harriet Lee (silver: 100 breast SB9), Stephanie Slater (silver: 100 fly S8), Jessica-Jane Applegate (bronze: 100 back S14), and Susannah Rodgers (bronze: 50 free S7).

Still to come for Millward are the 100 free tomorrow, her signature 100 back on Tuesday, the 4 x 100 free relay Thursday, the 50 free and 4 x 100 medley relay Friday, and the 200 IM on Saturday.

Now 34, Millward was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 17.

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Mission Bay Alum

MS is a disease that can be profoundly disabling in some cases, but can also be very well managed, all but asymptomatic, in others.

Sour grapes

Thanks doc


She is a disgrace to para swimming. Should have stayed in S9 where she has medalled for many years. Think its about time this swimmer retired before she makes a complete fool of herself.

Sour Grapes

Think she’ll wait til she picks up a gold tomorrow..


I follow Para swimming solely for all the grade “A” controversy it generates. Does this make me a bad person? Will beg for forgiveness on Sunday.

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