Paralympic Games Day 1 Recap

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Paralympics GB were off to a flying start, bringing home 11 medals on day one of the Paralympic Games.

Megan Giglia became the first Brit to claim a medal when she won gold in the C1-3 3,000m individual pursuit. The 31 year old’s first Paralympic medal win comes just three years after she suffered a stroke which paralysed the right side of her body.

Meanwhile English sprint runner Jonnie Peacock breezed through his T44 100m heat. In London 2012 he took home gold for this event and his successful performance in last night’s heat puts him in good stead to defend his title in the race tonight.

There was further success for ParalympicsGB in the pool when Bethany Firth set a new world record time in retaining the S14 100m backstroke title. Fellow GB teammate Jessica-Jane Applegate won bronze in the same race.

But the undeniable highlight came when Dame Sarah Storey stormed to victory in the C5 3,000m individual pursuit to win a record-breaking 12th gold medal.

Storey’s win was one for the history books – last night she became Great Britain’s most decorated female Paralympian of all time. The 2016 Games are Storey’s seventh Paralympics. She now boasts 23 medals overall after switching from swimming to cycling eight years ago.

 

What to watch tonight…

World champion Ali Jawad pushes it to the limit
Powerlifting, -59kg final, 8pm

Reigning world and European champion will take no prisoners when it comes to the powerlifting final tonight. The Lebanese-born athlete is one of ParalympicsGB’s most promising hopefuls. He narrowly missed victory in London after he had two lifts disqualified – this time he is determined not to leave empty handed.

Jody Cundy’s comeback
Cycling, C4-5 kilo final, 8.30pm

Jody Cundy’s attempt to reach his third gold in his sixth Games is sure to be a nail-biting watch.

Newcastle sprinter Libby Clegg goes for gold
Athletics, T11 100m final, 10.52pm

With a new guide runner and a classification change in the run-up to Rio, Libby Clegg has had to deal with a lot of changes the build up to her third Paralympic Games. But her guide has every faith in her–  Chris Clarke told the media this year that Clegg should aim for double gold in 100m and 200m. Tune in to see if she does it!

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