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Paralympics: A look back at the highlights of September 7
With 114 medals, and a whopping 32 golds, now on the table it has been another good day for ParalympicsGB. Here are our highlights.
British handcyclist Rachel Morris (pictured above with Karen Darke) takes bronze after joint finish with teammate and training partner Karen Darke.
In an enduring display of sportsmanship and friendship, Rachel Morris and Karen Darke crossed the line hand in hand at Brands Hatch, the close friends and training partners saying that they couldn’t bear to pip each other to the line.
“I’ve not had the best lead-in to these Games so this bronze medal means more than gold. It just means everything to me. This year has been a bit tough and Karen has been amazing, so to go across the line together felt really right.”
Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley wrote their names in the history books earlier today by becoming the first British women to win a wheelchair tennis medal at the Paralympic Games.
The British pair won a battling bronze medal match against Thailand’s Sakhorn Khanthasit and Ratana Techamaneewat in the women’s doubles this afternoon.
Shuker said, “Eton Manor is the best venue I’ve ever played at and the crowds have been out of this world. We want to thank everyone who has supported us.”
Whiley added “I hope our success will inspire other girls to give tennis a go, whatever their ability.”
Athletics – discus
Josie Pearson won Britian’s tenth athletics gold of the Paralympic Games earlier today with a new world record in the F51/52/53 discus.
The 26 year old former wheelchair rugby player broke the old world record with an opening round throw of 6.38m and then extended it to 6.54m. For good measure Pearson then threw 6.58m to secure the gold and stretch the world record further.
“I’m absolutely ecstatic,” she said. “This is the culmination of so many years’ hard work. I was nervous waiting for my first three throws. Once I knew I’d broken the world record by quite a bit and had some points on the scoreboard I could relax a bit.”
The British women won silver in the 34pt 4x100m Medley Relay on the penultimate day of the Paralympic Games. The quartet of Heather Frederiksen (S8), Claire Cashmore (SB8), Steph Millward (S9) and Louise Watkin (S9) were world record holders going into the meet. In a thrilling climax to the evening, Australia took gold by just 0.03 as the British quartet came home in 4:53.98 to roars of approval from the home crowd.
Great Britain’s team of Jane Campbell and Sara Head beat Italy in the women’s Class 1-3 team event, securing GB a bronze.
Sportsister, The Women’s Sports Magazine
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