ParalympicsGB sensational on day seven at Tokyo 2020
Great Britain's medal tally hits 80 on day seven at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Today's medal haul includes three gold, three silver, and five bronze medals. Here's a round-up of the medal winning moments.
Terrific time trial golds for Storey and Watson
Dame Sarah Storey (pictured above) made history by securing a record-equalling 16th Paralympic gold medal in Tokyo to tie Mike Kenny’s all-time British record. Storey dominated the women’s C5 time trial at the Fuji International Speedway, winning by 92 seconds from teammate Crystal Lane-Wright. Sarah completed three laps of the 8km course in 36:08.90, while Lane-Wright again had to settle for silver in a repeat of the British one-two from the 3000m individual pursuit in the velodrome on day one.
Ben Watson capped a golden day for ParalympicsGB’s road cyclists with a dominant victory in the men’s C3 time trial. The 32-year-old followed Dame Sarah Storey’s record-equalling 16th Paralympics gold with his first in a dominant performance. Watson finished 57 seconds clear of anyone else after finishing in 35:00.82, and admits the display even surprised himself.
Elsewhere, dual-sport star George Peasgood secured a second medal of the Games with bronze in the men’s C4 time trial to go alongside his triathlon silver on Sunday. Lora Fachie continued her sensational Games with a silver in the women’s B time trial.
Dunn battles through shoulder injury to claim third swimming gold
Reece Dunn overcame a troublesome shoulder to add a third swimming gold medal to his collection in his weakest event at his maiden Paralympic Games. Despite carrying an injury, he powered through the 200m individual medley SM14 in a world record time of 2:08.02 ahead of Brazil’s Gabriel Bandeira to make it a hat-trick of golds.
Dunn’s efforts were the highlight of another successful session for ParalympicsGB swimmers at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre. Bethany Firth (pictured above) and Louise Fiddes came home in second and third in the women’s 200m individual medley SM14, adding silver and bronze to the medal haul.
Stephen Clegg started the medal rush in the pool with a bronze in the 100m freestyle S12, breaking the British record to claim his second medal of the week. Followed by Hannah Russell, who matched Clegg with another bronze medal in the equivalent event.
Breen and Blango bag brilliant bronzes
All that glittered was athletics bronze for ParalympicsGB as Olivia Breen (pictured below) and Columba Blango both banked podium places at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.
European champion Blango, competing at only his second major championships, clocked a personal best 47.81 seconds to claim third place in the men's 400m T20. While three-time Paralympian Olivia Breen produced 4.91m with her very first jump to claim bronze in the women's long jump T38, her first individual medal since 4x100m relay bronze at London 2012.
More ParalympicsGB day seven highlights:
- Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett reach men’s wheelchair tennis doubles final.
- Reigning Paralympic champion David Smith on course for third gold medal of boccia career after fighting through individual BC1 semi-finals.
- Sue Bailey guarantees herself first table tennis medal at sixth Paralympic Games after reaching semi-final stage with teammate Megan Shackleton.
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