Britain beat Beijing gold medal haul

GREAT Britain’s track and field Paralympic athletes yesterday surpassed their Beijing 2008 gold medal haul by adding two to the total of 17 medals won throughout the day.

Golds for Aled Davies and David Weir, respectively in the F42 discus and T54 5000m, supplemented the silvers of F24/44 long jumper Stef Reid and T36 100m sprinter Graeme Ballard.

Britain also topped the cycling medal table with gold for Anthony Kappes and Craig Maclean and silver for Neil Fachie and Barney Storey in the individual B pursuit and in the women’s event Aileen McGlynn and her pilot Helen Scott took bronze. Rik Waddon, Darren Kenny and Jon-Allan Butterworth took silver in the C1-5 sprint final.

In equestrain, gold was won in the mixed team dressage and Sophie Christiansen, Deborah Criddle and Sophie Wells respectively took gold, silver and silver in the grade 1a, grade III and grade IV individual dressage events. Swimmers James Clegg and Hannah Russell both took bronze in the 100m butterfly S12, while Jessica-Jane Applegate won gold in the 200m freestyle S14 with a Paralympic record of 2:12.63.

Will Bayley won table tennis silver in the class 7, and rowers Pam Relph, Naomi Riches, David Smith, James Roe and Lily van den Broecke took gold in the coxed four LTAMix4+.


Watch out for
Ireland’s Michael McKillop participates in the T37 1000m final; British swimmer Sacha Kindred is involved in the 200m SM6 men’s individual medley; equestrian Lee Pearson aims for success in the men’s individual freestyle test; Will Bayley challenges for gold in the Men’s table tennis at the ExCeL; Great Britain’s men’s 7-a-side football team will be looking to bounce back from their preliminary defeat to Brazil when they take on Ukraine