Gorleston Paralypmian Jessica-Jane Applegate on course for national sporting award

Norfolk swimming sensation Jessica-Jane Applegate was today named as one of three finalists for the Young Sports Personality of the Year award.

The Belton swimmer swam a perfectly controlled race to claim victory at her Paralympics debut in London earlier this year.

She was in the bronze medal position with 50m to go but produced a storming final leg to overhaul her rivals and was pulling further ahead when she touched the wall in two minutes 12.63 seconds.

The win came a month after she had an operation on her foot, putting her participation in doubt and not only did she compete but her time was a Paralympic record.

She joins fellow Paralympic swimmer Josef Craig and artistic gymnast Rebecca Tunney on the shortlist for the BBC sporting award.

Craig, 15, was Great Britain's youngest 2012 gold-medallist, taking the 400m freestyle title in record time.

Tunney, from Manchester, was the youngest athlete to compete for Team GB at London 2012 at 15, finishing 13th in the women's individual artistic all-round final and sixth as part of the GB women's all-round team.

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The winner will be revealed in the Sports Personality of the Year awards on BBC One from 7.30pm on Sunday.

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