Just two medals were won by Britain’s women today with both those comin from the pool. Fran Williamson won the women’s only silver medal of the day in the S3 50m backstroke, while Natalie Jones took bronze in the Women’s 50m Freestyle – S6 Final.
Britain lost to Korea in the quarter finals by178 points to 161. The defending recurve champions, Kay Lucas, Kate Murray and Kate Critchlow-Smith, will be disappointed not to have progressed further in the competition.
Women’s Shot Put – F32-34/52/53 Final: Gemma Prescott finished seventh with a season’s best throw of 4.77m and 938 points. Antonio Balek won gold with a new world record throw of 5.69m.
Women’s 1500m - T54 Round 1 Heat 2: With a season’s best time of 3:34.41, 5,000m bronze medalist, progresses to the final.
Women’s 200m - T12 Round 1 Heat 2: Libby Clegg ran a season’s best time of 26.42 to qualify for the T12 200m final.
Women’s 200m – T11 Round 1 Heat 1 - Tracey Hinton ran a season’s best of 26.58s to qualify for Tuesday’s T11 200m final.
Women’s Shot Put – F40 Final - Sophie Hancock was the top Brit in this shot put final with a fifth place finish and season’s best throw of 7.48m. Fellow Brit Kim Minett also threw a season’s best at 6.92m and finished in seventh.
Women’s 50m Backstroke – S3 Final - Fran Williamson won the women’s only silver medal of the day in the S3 50m backstroke in 1:06.07. She was beaten by Singapore’s Pin Xiu Yip, the world record holder. It is Williamson’s second silver of the games
Women’s 50m Backstroke Final - Danielle Watts finished seventh in the women’s S2 50m backstroke final in 1:27.28.
Women’s 50m Freestyle – S6 Final - ParalympicGB had three entries in the final so hopes were high for a medal. Natalie Jones was the only one who managed a podium finish though, and while she had been tipped for gold, has had to settle with bronze after being beaten by the Netherlands’ Mirjam de Koning-Peper, who set a new world record in 35.60secs, and Mexico’s Doramitzi Gonzalez. Double gold medallist Eleanor Simmonds finished in fifth and Liz Johnson came in eighth.
Women’s 50m Freestyle – S13 Final - Rhiannon Henry finished seventh with a new British record time of 28.59.
Women’s Team -Class 1-3 Bronze Medal Match – Cathy Mitton and Dzaier Neil lost their play off against France 3-0 and so just miss out on bronze medal.
Britain’s women lost their final game of the Paralympics to China 57-38. After a good start China dominated the second half with Fu Yongging scoring 28 points. The eighth place finish matches their result they achieved in Athens.
Head coach Garry Peel said: “It’s been a cracking tournament for us and we performed really well. We gave it everything we had. I think we came out really on fire. Then all of a sudden we couldn’t handle their pressing and we collapsed.”
Louise Hudson, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine