Paralympic Games 2016: Day 5 Recap

After an incredible five days of competition British athletes have topped the podium 28 times and are second behind China in the standings.

Monday saw ParalympicsGB take home seven more medals across multiple events.

Great British swimmers dominated the pool  –  Sascha Kindred, Ellie Simmonds and Susie Rodgers all won gold medals with Kindred and Simmonds both breaking world records in their respective SM6 200m medley races.

This win marks 21 year old Simmonds’ fifth Paralympic gold. The British star – who has achondroplasia, or dwarfism – became the first SM6 swimmer to race below three minutes in the 200m medley, storming ahead with a time of 2min 59.81sec.

No words can describe the feeling. The impossible dream they said 💪

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Outside of the pool, Will Bayley made good on his promise and finally struck gold. Bayley, who achieved silver in the  class 7 table tennis in London, publicly vowed to top the podium at Rio. Last night he made good on that promise after beating Brazil’s Israel Pereira Stroh 3-1.

The 28 year old athlete was born with a rare congenital disorder that affected all his limbs and diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma at the age of seven. He told reporters he had been training 6 hours a day for four years in order to become number one in his division.

“This means the world, I can actually live my life now,” Bayley said. “I haven’t been able to rest. Now I can rest and be at peace with myself.”

Elsewhere Aled Davies won gold in F42 shot while John Stubbs and Jodie Grinham won silver in the mixed team compound open archery, before Jonathan Broom-Edwards finished second in the T44 high jump final.

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