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Grandparents proud of Josh Alford no matter the outcome

PROUD: Gympie’s Jim Alford is cheering on his grandson Josh in the Commonwealth Games today.
PROUD: Gympie’s Jim Alford is cheering on his grandson Josh in the Commonwealth Games today. Renee Pilcher

TWO Gympie grandparents will be following the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow very closely today.

Jim and Margaret Alford are cheering on their grandson Josh in the 200m freestyle event for S14 athletes with an intellectual impairment.

While the heat was on at 2.02am our time this morning, if Josh made the final he will race for gold at 10.29am.

"However he goes, we're really proud of him just to get to this stage," Jim said.

"He should be good enough to make the final, but his turn has always been his downfall so it could cost him."

Alford qualified for the Games after a brilliant performance at the Australian Open Swimming Championships in Brisbane in April.

Personal best times in the 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle, and 50m backstroke put him through to the final in all five events, but it was in the 200m where he far exceeded all expectations.

Alford shaved even more time off his PB in the final, and finished almost six seconds under the qualifying mark with a time of 2.02.72.

The 19-year-old is now taking part in a Commonwealth Games program featuring the biggest ever number of Para-sport medals, 22, including six in swimming.

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