Ellie Simmonds says Tokyo games will be her last
Great Britain have made a sensational start to day 10 of the Paralympic Games, winning three gold medals and passing the 100-medal mark in Tokyo.
Owen Miller won a surprise gold in the men’s 1500m T20 on his Paralympics debut, defeating world and European champion Alexandr Rabotnitskii thanks to a brilliant late burst on the final lap. There was then further success in the Olympic Stadium as Jonathan Broom-Edwards won gold in the men’s high jump T64 and Hannah Taunton claimed bronze in the women’s 1500m T20 in wet conditions in Tokyo.
Elsewhere, Emma Wiggs won ParalympicsGB’s first gold in the VL2 discipline of para-canoe, etching her name in history, while team-mate Jeanette Chippington claimed bronze in the same event. Robert Oliver also won bronze in the men’s kayak KL3 and there were silver medals for Sophie Unwin and Jenny Holl in the road race and Will Bayley and Paul Karabardak in the table tennis.
Later, American track star Hunter Woodhall is aiming to earn his first medal of the Tokyo Paralympics when he competes in the men’s 400m T62 final on day ten of the Games.
Woodhall is a social media star with 2.7m followers on Tik Tok, and is one half of an athletics power couple, along with girlfriend, Olympic long jumper Tara Davis. He made history when he became the first double amputee to earn an NCAA Division I track scholarship at a US university and competed at the University of Arkansas. At the Rio 2016 Games, Woodhall won silver in the 200m and bronze in the 400m.
Team USA will compete for the gold medal in the women’s goalball tournament against Turkey, while the men’s team will try and win bronze against Lithuania. And in wheelchair basketball the American men’s team will take on Spain in one semi-final, while Japan and Great Britain face off in the other tie.
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Tokyo Paralympics: GB’s Reid, Hewett level in gold medal match
How about this for a response? Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett have levelled their wheelchair doubles gold match after winning the second set 6-0.
Reid and Hewett are now into a deciding set against Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Piefer, as the look to go one step further following their silver medal in Rio five years ago.
The GB pair are also chasing a Golden Slam, following their wins at the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon this season.
Check out this shot from Hewett, as Great Britain stormed back in a brilliant second set.
Jamie Braidwood3 September 2021 08:43
Tokyo Paralympics: Emma Wiggs reacts to historic para-canoe gold
Emma Wiggs was proud to put a tough five years behind her following victory in the first ever VL2 event at the Paralympics Games, and there was further cause for celebration after Jeanette Chippington and Rob Oliver also claimed bronze medals on the water.
“I had a wrist injury that I had to have surgery on in 2018. I had a really rocky nine months of feeling completely lost and probably for the first time in my life I felt disabled, with a little wrist injury,” Wiggs said.
“The help and support that I got then was really crucial to getting me here today. I’ve learnt so much about myself and I’ve learnt it’s more important that you’re more than just your sport. I’d become Emma the canoeist rather than Emma Wiggs the person.
“It’s just amazing to make history and to do it on a podium with Jeanette again is more than we could have dreamt of. And I’ve just heard Rob’s got on the podium which has made me cry again.”
Jamie Braidwood3 September 2021 08:39
Tokyo Paralympics: GB’s Will Bayley wins second silver of Games
Great Britain lost out to China in the final of the men’s table tennis classes 6-7 team event, as Will Bayley claimed his second silver medal of the Games alongside Paul Karabardak.
The team lost their opening doubles match in straight sets before Bayley was defeated by China’s Shuo Yun 3-1 in the singles. Yun had also beaten Bayley in the gold medal match of the singles competition.
Bayley has vowed to get his revenge as he turns his eyes to Paris 2024!
Jamie Braidwood3 September 2021 08:25
Tokyo Paralympics: GB’s Unwin, Hall win road race silver
Sophie Unwin and Jenny Holl have won silver in the women’s B road race after edging Sweden on a thrilling final sprint.
The gold medal was won by the Irish team of Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal who made their break on the final kilometre.
Unwin and pilot Holl held on to claim silver in what was the final women’s cycling event of the Tokyo Paralympics.
Jamie Braidwood3 September 2021 08:18
Tokyo Paralympics: GB’s Reid, Hewett drop opening set
Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett will have to fight from one set down if they are to win wheelchair tennis doubles gold in Tokyo after the French pair of Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Piefer claimed the opener 7-5 in the final.
The ParalympicsGB team have made an impressive response in the second set, however, and have made an early break to move into a 3-0 lead.
Jamie Braidwood3 September 2021 08:11
Broom-Edwards embraces ‘horrible conditions’
Great Britain high jumper Jonathan Broom-Edwards was rightly ecstatic after clinching gold medal glory despite the awful weather conditions.
“I can’t even sum up the amount of emotions I have got,” he said. “It was nice to have a bit of British weather. It was soggy out there. I am so emotional. To just get it right at the right time, I am so relieved, elated, excited and crying my eyes out.
“I’ve been striving for that gold for years. They were horrible conditions so I tried to keep my cool and get it right when it counted. And I am so proud of myself.”
Tom Kershaw3 September 2021 07:41
GB pass milestone of 100 medals
If you’re just joining us this morning, gold and bronze in the first running of the va’a discipline of paracanoe at the Games saw GB pass the milestone of 100 medals in Tokyo.
Emma Wiggs soared to gold with a personal best of 57.028seconds, more than four ahead of her closest rival, while fellow Briton Jeanette Chippington took bronze.
Chippington now has 14 medals across a 33-year career, with her first coming in the swimming pool in Seoul.
The medal tally was boosted on Friday with success at the Olympic Stadium with Jonathan Broom-Edwards claiming gold for GB in the T64 high jump, his season’s best of 2.10m seeing him upgrade his silver from Rio.
And in the T20 1500m, Owen Miller claimed a shock gold after defeating world and European champion Alexandr Rabotnitskii, and Hannah Taunton claimed bronze in the women’s race.
Tom Kershaw3 September 2021 07:25
Haider Ali says his victory is ‘very important for para sport’ in Pakistan
Haider Ali, who made history after winning Pakistan’s first gold at the Tokyo Paralympics, says he hopes to be a “role model for other people that have a disability that don’t compete in sport to take part in para sport.”
“To be the first Pakistani to get this medal in Pakistan history. It is great to make history for my country again. I was the first Pakistani to get a medal in Paralympics in Beijing with the silver medal (long jump),” he said.
“Then I got a bronze in Rio (long jump). Now I finally have the gold. They will see what can be achieved through hard work and to be able to compete internationally for Pakistan.”
Shweta Sharma3 September 2021 06:57
India’s Avani Lekhara wins second medal at Tokyo Paralympics
The 19-year-old Avani Lekhara of India has won shooting bronze after winning gold in 10m air rifle earlier.
She has won bronze in women’s R8 50m rifle 3 positions SH1, behind China and Germany.
Shweta Sharma3 September 2021 06:51
Great Britain’s Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid in action against France
After losing to Japan in single’s table tennis semi-final match, Gordon Reid will hope to make up for the lost game today in men’s doubles gold medal match.
He would compete with teammate Alfie Hewett to beat French pair Stephane Houdet and Nicholas Peifer.
The game is underway.
Shweta Sharma3 September 2021 06:30