Liz Johnson glad to complete Paralympic medal set
Liz Johnson said she was just grateful to have a medal after adding SB6 100m breaststroke bronze to the silver and gold she won at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 respectively.
The 26-year-old looked in shape to defend her title when she set a new Paralympic record in heat one but fellow Brit Charlotte Henshaw went quicker in the next, only for both to be beaten to gold that evening by Ukraine's Victoria Savtsova.
However, Johnson "wasn't too distraught" about being edged into third place, saying she was just pleased to be in contention after a difficult summer where she had to uproot from her Bath home to train in Manchester.
"I know that six months ago I wasn't even in with a chance of winning a medal, so I can leave knowing I did everything I can," said Johnson, who needed a wildcard pick after twice missing the qualification standard.
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"You always want to win but if you can't, it's nice to get the bronze because at least it's, phew, you've got a medal. I'm definitely glad I got something in front of a home crowd.
"I guess after the trials, where I didn't even qualify, I was just lucky to have a place on this team and the chance to win some kind of medal.
"The time we needed was one of the toughest out there – it would have just won bronze in the final – but not qualifying automatically made me reassess things.
"I'm grateful to British Swimming and the coaches at Manchester for helping me out. I definitely wouldn't be here without them."
Johnson is back in Bath to determine what her next move is but says she is keen to compete in a fourth Paralympics in 2016.
"Right now, I'm going to Rio for sure," she said. "This is the part of swimming I love.
"Even though I had to move from Bath this summer, I wanted to do it and that made me realise how much swimming means to me."