Paralympic Games Day 6 Recap

ParalympicsGB equalled their tally of gold medals from London 2012 by winning six more, including three in the space of 20 minutes, at Rio 2016 on Tuesday. 

The day got off to a fantastic start with runner Georgie Hermitage breaking the world record to win T37 400m Paralympic gold. This was Hermitage second win of the games after she achieved gold in the T37 100m final in a time of 13.13.

Next the former rugby player Rob Davies, who broke his neck in September 2005 following a collapsed scrum, won gold in the men’s table tennis class one, beating South Korea’s Young Dae Joo 3-1 in the final. His success came only minutes before Hollie Arnold achieved gold in the F46 javelin.

Scottish sprinter Libby Clegg then led the gold rush on Tuesday night. She took first place in the  T11 200m race, winning in style by setting a new Paralympic record. This win gave her her second gold medal of the week– she already took home the 100m crown on Saturday.

Almost seconds later came the news that Stephanie Millward had won the S8 100m backstroke. She told press that she was delighted to finally have her hands on the long awaited Paralympic gold. “It’s amazing’ said Millward. “Three Paralympic games, 18 years fighting MS, and here I am with that gold medal at last. That swim has just won the war. That is my goal. I’ve done all that hard work, for all those years, with the help of the National Lottery. It’s all because of the general public, everyone in the UK.”

Next 19 year old swimmer Matt Wylie struck gold in the S9 50m freestyle. Matt, who has cerebral palsy, narrowly beat Tim Disken of Australia and Takuro Yamada of Japan. The top three were separated by only 0.05secs.

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