The ParalympicsGB swimming team stated their intent at London 2012 this morning as world champion Jon Fox smashing his own S7 100m Backstroke world record to steal the show in the opening session of the Paralympic Games.

The Manchester-based 21 year old touched in one minute 9.86 seconds to knock more than half a second off his old world mark and sail through as fastest qualifier by nearly three seconds.

Fox, the 2004 silver medallist, admitted that ducking under the 1:10 barrier had been one of his long-term goals.

“I came in to the heat looking to qualify first for tonight’s final,” said the Cornishman. “I didn’t realise I’d broken the world record until I looked up at the screen and saw the 1:09.

“I’ve been wanting to go under 1:10 for a long time so I’m really happy to have done that in my first race here.”