Ireland's James Scully qualified for his second Paralympic swimming final with a lifetime's best performance in the heats of the 100metres freestyle.

The Ratoath man finished fifth in Heat 2 at the Aquatic Centre in Rio, but his time of 1:21.15 was three-hundredths of a second inside his previous quickest time and was good enough to make him the eighth-fastest qualifier for tonight's final (11:22pm, live on RTÉ2).

Despite his performance, Scully believes he has more to offer in his second final, having already made it into the 200m final last Thursday.

"It was a good race but I'm a little disappointed with the time," he told RTÉ Sport.

"It was a PB, but only by 0.03. I'm looking for a big performance in that race and it didn't quite happen this morning. But I'm in the final and I wasn't expecting that.

"A few of the lads mustn't have had their A game and I brought it pretty strong, so I'm happy with that. But I'm definitely looking to improve substantially in the final."

Nicole Turner was also due to be in action this afternoon but, having already made five finals at these Games, the 14-year-old withdrew from the S6 100m freestyle.

Nicole Turner was also due to be in action this afternoon but, having already made five finals at these Games, the 14-year-old withdrew from the S6 100m freestyle.