Paralympic Games Day 7 Recap

Hannah Cockroft and Dame Sarah Storey both won their second golds of the week, as GB beat their London medal record on day seven of Rio 2016.

ParalympicsGB’s nine golds on Wednesday took their tally to 43, their  most since Seoul 1988.

There's 🏅 no.2 for @hlcmbe #Supercharge

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24 year old Cockroft won the T34 400m in a world-record time while her 15-year-old team-mate Kare Adenegan finished third for her second medal of the Paralympics.

Meanwhile Storey secured first place in the C5 cycling time trial – her first gold since she surpassed Tanni Grey-Thompson’s record of 11 gold medals with victory in the C5 3,000m individual pursuit last week.

And ParalympicsGB didn’t stop there. Next was Hannah Russell’s world-record triumph in the S12 100m backstroke. The win marked Russell’s first ever gold. The 20 year old, who has a visual impairment, won silver and bronze in London 2012.

“I’ve been training for four hard years and I wanted to execute the perfect race, so to do it here is fantastic,”  said Russell. “I’ve always dreamed about standing on top of the podium.”

The British team then went on to dominate in cycling. ParalympicGB’s Steve Bate secured his second gold in the B time trial for road racing. Bate who is visually impaired, and his guide, Adam Duggleby, finished in 34:35.33.

They did it on the track now they've done it on the road… #GOLD for @kiwistevebate and @aduggleby #Supercharge

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Karen Darke then struck gold in the H1-3 time trial. This win was Darke’s first Paralympics medal since winning silver in London 2012.

The 45 year old cyclist, who was paralysed in a climbing accident at the age of 21, said: “I felt my ride was going really badly. My power just wasn’t there and my chain fell off, meaning I lost a few seconds so I thought that was it.

“I just had to stop, put the chain back on and dig in, but I didn’t think it was going very well,” Darke said. “But in the last turns, I could see I was slightly ahead.”

Sophie Wells achieved her second Paralympics gold since London, coming first in the individual (IV) dressage event. Her score of 74.857 at the Olympic Equestrian Centre was half a point better than Belgium’s Michele George.

🏅 #sophiewells90 #Supercharge

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Wells said: “I’ve been crying a lot, it feels pretty good.

“To be Paralympic champion is amazing and we’ve worked so hard as a team to get here and this is for everyone who has helped me.

“My aim was individual gold in London and that got away from me. When you’ve not got something, you want it even more and work so hard for it.”

And WR and GOLD for @kad21 UNBELIEVABLE #Supercharge

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Last but not least was the incredible Kadeena Cox. The 25 year old athlete, who has multiple sclerosis, won her third Paralympic medal in the space of six days when she came first  in theT38 400m final in a time of 1min 0.71secs. Her win made her the first British Paralympian to top the podium in two different sports in the same Games since 1984.

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