Tokyo Paralympic Games: Great Britain wins more gold medals, crosses 100 medal mark



Place: Tokyo, Japan Dates: August 24-September 5 Time in Tokyo: BST +8
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Great Britain won three more golds passing the 100-medal mark at the Tokyo Paralympics and started Day 10 on a good footing.

The gold medals went to the canoeist Emma wigs and athletes Jonathan Broom-Edwards and Owen Miller.

Wiggs won the VL2 event – the first time the Va’a boat, which is an outrigger canoe with a support float and is used with a single-bladed paddle – raced at the Paralympics.

She will aim to defend her KL2 kayak title on Saturday.

Rio silver medalist T44 world high jump champion Broom-Edwards did better this time crossing 2.10m with his second attempt for gold after needing three efforts at 2.07 mr.

Miller, who was making his Paralympic debut, had a solid final round to win the 1500m T20 in three minutes 54.57 seconds, ahead of Russian Alexander Rabotnitskii.

Also for the British team there was the money for the wheelchair tennis pair Gordon reid and Alfie hewett in men’s doubles, the tandem of Sophie unwin and his pilot Jenny holl in the women’s B road race and for the class 6-7 table tennis team of Will bayley and Paul Karabardak.

And Beth munro made history by becoming the first British Paralympic medalist in taekwondo. The 28-year-old from Liverpool will take part in the -58 kg final at 1 p.m. BST against four-time world champion Lisa Gjessing of Denmark.

There were also bronzes for Jeanette Chippington, Rob Oliver and Hannah taunton.

Reid and Hewett lost in a last set tie-break to Stéphane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer in a rehearsal of the Rio final which the French pair also won.

The match, which lasted three hours and 25 minutes, was won by Houdet and Peifer 7-5 0-6 7-6 (7-3).

Unwin and Holl beat Swedes Louise Jannering and Anna Svaerdstroem in a sprint for silver after Ireland’s Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal rushed for gold.

Bayley and Karabardak faced a tough task against Chinese pair Liao Keli and Yan Shuo and after losing the opening double, Bayley was beaten in their singles match as their opponents secured a comfortable victory. .

Chippington, 51, who is competing in her seventh Games after making her debut as a swimmer in Seoul in 1988, finished third behind Wiggs while there was also bronze for her teammate Oliver in the KL3 event.

And Taunton, who like Miller competes in the T20 category for athletes with intellectual disabilities, clocked a personal best to win bronze in his 1,500m final.

Later world record holder Stephen clegg goes to the 100m butterfly final S12 (10:53). The GB men face Japan in the last four of wheelchair basketball (12:45) and sprinter Richard whitehead is aiming for a third consecutive 200m title in the T62 event (11:42).

Wiggs paddle to glory

Wiggs won gold when para-canoeing made its debut in Rio, but underwent wrist surgery in 2018, which raised fears for his sporting future.

She had a difficult rehabilitation which she described as leaving her “completely lost and probably for the first time in my life I felt disabled, with a small injury to the wrist”.

But again in great shape, she led ahead to win by more than four seconds over Australia’s Susan Seipel with Chippington third.

“It’s just incredibly moving,” she added. “I am extremely grateful to the Japanese people and the Organizing Committee for hosting these Games. It was so important to the continued progress of Paralympic sport that we were here.

“I love that I can leave my wheelchair on the lakeside and paddle and no one walking their dog can tell which parts of you are working and which are not.”

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