BORDERER Stephen Clegg picked up a bronze medal in the men’s S12 100m backstroke event earlier today at the Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Azerbaijan’s Raman Salei took gold with a time of 1:00.30, with Ukraine’s Sergii Klippert claiming the silver.

Clegg’s time of 1:01.27 is a new British record and a new personal best.

Speaking afterwards to C4 he said: “I had a really open mind coming into this, so a medal’s amazing. A small PB as well which is amazing, really pleased with that.”

Stephen who was brought up in Newcastleton is the younger brother of highly decorated Paralympian Libby who is also competing at these games.

Stephen competes in the S12, SB12, SM12 classifications and his favoured event is the butterfly which takes place next week.

At age nine he was diagnosed with Stargardt disease, a deteriorating genetic eye condition that affects central vision and in order to keep his bearings in the pool he counts his strokes.