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Team GB Paralympics - What's on Today?

Dame Sarah Storey has become Great Britain’s most successful female Paralympian after winning her 12th gold medal last night. The 38 year old cyclist caught fellow cyclist Crystal Lane (who took the silver) in the 3000m pursuit final. Also in the velodrome, Steve Bate (with pilot Adam Duggleby) won gold along with Megan Giglia (who won Team GB’s first Paralympic 2016 medal), while swimmers Ollie Hynd and Bethany Firth took golds. Jessica-Jane Applegate won silver behind Bethany in the S14 100m backstroke

Swimmers Harriet Lee and Jonathan Fox won silver with Stephanie Willward and Andrew Mullen winning bronze in the pool.

So after the first day, Paralympics GB are have 5 Golds and 11 medals in total. Well done to everyone.

Looking to today, Jody Cundy hopes to put London 2012 behind him in the cycling. He was disqualified after a false start and his angry rant was one of the defining moments of the games. He is in the velodrome at 20:30. Sophie Thornhill with pilot Helen Scott are hoping to add to their commonwealth games championship at 14:00 in the kilo.

Switching to the pool, fifteen year old Ellie Robinson, having been inspired by Ellie Simmonds at London 2012, has a chance of a medal in the S6 50m butterfly (heats 14:10 and final 22:18).

Two others who were inspired by London 2012, Georgie Hermitage and Sophie Hahn are in action in different classes of the 100m, while Kadeena Cox is hoping to become the first Briton since Isabel Barr (1988) to win two medals in two sport at the same games. Jonnie Peacock is in action in the 100m final (23:59) and as the defending champion, there are big hopes on his shoulders. In the long-jump, Stef Reid has recovered from a back injury to compete in the F44 class.

Powerlifter Ali Jawad is up in the powerlifting today in the 59 kg category (20:00). Ali is the current world champion and hopes to improve on his fourth position from London 2012.

Stuart Nangle finished firth against able-bodies persons in the 10m air pistol event ant the commonwealth games, as he makes his Paralympics debut. The qualification is at 16:15 and the final later at 18:45.

Drane is in action in the Judo which is on throughout the day today. The women wheelchair basketballers are in action against Argentina from 14:00.

Finally, in the wheelchair tennis, several Team GB athletes are in action: McCarroll, Burdekin, Hewett, Cotterill, Phillipson and Lapthorne are all on court throughout the day.

What will the medals tally be after this busy day at Rio 2016?


Team GB events Wednesday 10thth August

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