ParalympicsGB are well on their way to celebrating their most successful ever Games after a series of phenomenal wins took their total medal tally to 56.
Rachel Morris, Richard Whitehead, Beth Firth and Jo Butterfield were among the incredible athletes who scored gold for ParalympicsGB over the weekend.
Rachel Morris, who made the switch from cycling to rowing after London 2012, was Britain’s first medal winner on Sunday. The 37-year-old from Guildford came first in the arms-shoulders single sculls, claiming Paralympic gold in a second sport eight years after winning a cycling time-trial gold in Beijing.
Morris’s success was just the start of a flurry of victories for ParalympicsGB. The British team took three rowing golds in the space of an hour followed by two more cycling golds and a second swimming triumph for Bethany Firth.
20 year old Firth dominated the S14 200m freestyle with a time of 2:03.30. The Northern Irish swimmer narrowly beat team-mate Jessica-Jane Applegate, who earned a silver.
Fan favourite Whitehead retained the Paralympic title he won in London four years ago, winning theT42 200m race in an impressive 23.39 seconds.
“It’s been such a long journey of ups and downs,” the 40-year-old double through-knee amputee said. “I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to continue but I think it’ll probably be one more year. The 200m was my medal – the 100m I’m going to take from somebody else.”
He shared the podium with fellow Brit Dave Henson who took bronze in the same race.
Jo Butterfield then became the second Scot to win gold for ParalympicsGB in Rio as she smashed her own world record in the F51 club throw to secure Britain’s eighth gold of the day.
Butterfield’s win sparked a series of thrilling victories in the evening, which saw ParalympicsGB dominate in the pool.
Rebecca Redfern smashed a new European record in the SB13 100m breaststroke, finishing in 1:13.81 to take silver while Thomas Hamer achieved silver in the S14 200m freestyle final. Meanwhile there were big cheers for Amy Marren, Josef Craig and Stephanie Millward, who all one bronze.
Britain have won 23 golds overall. With another six silvers and seven bronzes our total of 56 medals brings us second place after China and their 92 medals.
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