Paralympic Games Day 8 Recap

 

ParalympicsGB are in line to take home over 50 gold medals for the first time since 1988 after achieving five more on day 8 of Rio 2016.

The British team now have an overall medal total of 107 – only 13 short of meeting their London 2012 record.

She's done it! It's #gold for Jeanette Chippington!!!! A swimmer at Seoul, but a Canoeist at heart! #Supercharge

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Former swimmer Jeanette Chippington, who was born with damage in her spinal cord causing paralysis in her legs, celebrated her first gold medal after a 12 year absence from the Games. She achieved her first two gold medals in 1996 Atalanta games before retiring from swimming in 2004. Rio 2016 marks her first Games since she made the switch to paracanoeing.

Chippington’s victory was followed by the stunning of success of her British teammates. Emma Wiggs secured first place in the KL2 final, then Anne Dickins, who worked in the Velodrome as a Games Maker volunteer at London 2012, achieved her first gold in the KL3 event.

Ian Marsden (KL1) and Nick Beighton (KL2) both won bronze, marking the end of an incredible evening for the British paracanoeing team.

It's gold for Sophie Christiansen with a massive 78.217% A 1-2 for ParalympicsGB! #Supercharge

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Meanwhile Sophie Christiansen and Natasha Baker defended their titles in the dressage.

Christiansen, 28, became a seven-time Paralympic champion in the 1a championship test with a score of 78.217%.

Claiming second place behind Christiansen was 67-year-old Anne Dunham,  a remarkable athlete who won the first of her six titles at Atlanta 20 years ago.

Durham said : “Everything has changed so much, in 1996 we were on borrowed horses. The host country had to source all the horses. Now we are on our own horses and we’re actually real dressage partners.”

Dunham, who will turn 68 next month, says she has no plans to leave the sport: “It enables me to keep my horses,” she said. “It enables me to ride and it enables me to feel that I’m whole and I’m a person and I just love it.”

Silver for Anne Dunham! Wonderful, wonderful day for the #Equestrian athletes. #Supercharge 🇬🇧

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