London 2012: Day 8 Round-Up

Britain reached the magic 103 mark when swimmer Heather Frederiksen won silver in the S8 100m Freestyle, one of 16 medals on day eight which saw a six-gold rush from four sports. Eight medals from Athletics helped ParalympicsGB move back into second on the table this evening with 108 medals, their golden tally equal with Russia on 31.


Storey enters record books: Sarah Storey became Britain’s most decorated female Paralympian by winning her fourth gold of the Games with a dominant display in the C4-5 Road Race at Brands Hatch.

Lucas wins historic gold: Helena Lucas became Britain’s first ever Paralympic Sailing champion as GB sailors took two medals on a windless day of controversy and protest.

Teenager Craig takes gold with world record: Fifteen year old Games debutant Josef Craig knocked 11 seconds off his personal best in one day to take gold and a world record in the 400m Free.

Peacock, Weir and Cockroft star at the stadium: David Weir completed a remarkable track hat-trick, Hannah Cockroft made it a golden double, and teenager Jonnie Peacock obliterated a world-class field – including South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius – to win the T44 100m.

ParalympicsGB medals today: 16 Gold: 6.  Silver: 3.  Bronze: 7.

ParalympicsGB medals tally:        108  Gold: 31.  Silver: 39. Bronze: 38.

Sport by sport round-up:

Athletics: Weir took his third gold with a thrilling finish in the T54 800m, Cockroft completed the T34 sprint double with the 200m and Peacock won the T44 100m in a Paralympic record.

Boccia: David Smith and Stephen McGuire have their sights on medals after reaching the semi-finals but world no. 1 Nigel Murray suffered a surprise defeat and announced the end of his Paralympic career.

Cycling: Storey attacked from the start and won by more than seven minutes to add another gold to the two she has already won on the track and one from Wednesday’s Road Race. She has now surpassed Tanni Grey-Thompson with 11 gold, eight silvers and three bronze medals in a 20-year, two-sport career.

Football 5-a-side: Penalty woe for the 5-a-side team as they crashed to a 2-1 shootout defeat against China after the game finished 1-1 at full-time.

Sailing: Lack of breeze in Portland Harbour left GB sailors with gold and bronze – Britain’s first ever at a Paralympic Games. Lucas won the 2.4mR event, while Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell claimed SKUD 18 bronze.

Shooting: Karen Butler’s sixth place in the 50m Rifle 3 Positions final ended an eight-year journey back from injury after a 12-year absence from the Games.

Sitting Volleyball: The women almost took a set from Japan before losing 3-0 to finish eighth. The men suffered another straight-sets defeat, this time against Brazil. The best they can hope for is seventh.

Swimming: Susie Rodgers had the honour of winning GB’s 100th medal of the Games, just a few minutes after Craig’s world record win in the S7 400m Freestyle. Rodgers took her third Games medal, a bronze, in the women’s S7 400m Free, one of five in the pool.

Table Tennis: Britain’s teams will fight for bronze tomorrow after losing their semi-finals this evening, the women to Korea, the men in a three-hour five-game epic to Poland.

Wheelchair Basketball: The men missed out on a place in the final, losing their semi-final 69-52 to Canada this evening, while the women have one chance left for a best-ever Games ranking following a 72-55 defeat to China this morning.

Wheelchair Fencing: Tom Hall-Butcher set his sights on Rio after losing his round of 16 Individual Sabre event 10-15 to Meng Chai Cheong of Hong Kong.

Wheelchair Rugby: Britain left it late to beat France 57-50 after a cat and mouse game in which the teams were level-pegging until the last five minutes.

Wheelchair Tennis: Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley will become the first GB women to win a wheelchair tennis medal if they win bronze tomorrow after losing their semi-final 6-4 6-3 to Dutch pair Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot.

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