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Swimmer secures his Paralympic dreams

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Lyndon Longhorne of Britain swims his way to victory in the multi classification men's 150m individual medley final at the British Gas Swimming Championships on March 8 at the Olympic Aquatics Centre in London.

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Lyndon Longhorne reacts after breaking the British record for his class in the multi classification men's 150m individual medley final on March 8.

Lyndon Longhorne has dreamed of competing in the 2012 London Paralympics, and after breaking the British record in the multi classification men's 150m individual medley for his class at the British Gas Swimming Championships, he has secured his qualification.

The BBC had this to say about Longhorne in an August 2011 article:

After watching the Beijing Olympics in 2008, County Durham teenager Lyndon Longhorne set himself the goal of qualifying for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Longhorne, from Crook, lost both his legs and an arm to meningitis when he was just nine months old.

However, the keen swimmer has not let his disability prevent him from achieving his dreams, deciding he wanted to compete at international level three years ago.

Longhorne was the only competitor and was racing against the clock to secure his qualification.

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Lyndon Longhorne leaves the pool after securing his qualification for the 2012 London Paralympics.