ParalympicsGB enjoyed their most successful day at Rio 2016 on Sunday with 21 medals won across five different sports – more than the best single day at London 2012 (18) and Beijing 2008 (19).
It was a best ever Games haul for ParalympicsGB rowers with three golds and bronze won on finals day – golds for Rachel Morris (single sculls), Lauren Rowles/Laurence Whitley (mixed double scull) and the mixed coxed four plus bronze for Tom Aggar.
The cyclists ended their Rio track campaign with a flourish as golds for Lora Turnham (3000m individual pursuit) and the men’s mixed C1-5 team sprinters plus Neil Fachie’s silver (1000m time trial) and Sophie Thornhill’s bronze (3000m individual pursuit) saw them top the medal table.
Alison Patrick (PT5) and Lauren Steadman (PT4) took silver and Melissa Reid (PT5) bronze medals respectively in the triathlon.
While in the evening, there were seven swimming medals – including a second Rio gold for Bethany Firth in the 200m freestyle S14 – and three athletics medals with Jo Butterfield (pictured above) setting a new world record on the way to the women’s F51 club throw title and Richard Whitehead defending his T42 200m title ahead of teammate and bronze medallist David Henson.
Day three review
Kadeena Cox completed a remarkable double in Rio as she added women’s para-cycling C4-5 500m time trial gold to her 100m T38 bronze won just 24 hours earlier on the athletics track.
She becomes the first British Paralympian to win medals in two different sports at the Games since Isabel Newstead, who won shooting bronze and athletics silver and bronze at the 1988 Games in Seoul.
ParalympicsGB added three golds, one silver and two bronze to their medal tally on day three in Rio.
Andy Lewis made history as the first ever para-triathlon gold medallist while Hannah Cockcroft retained her 100m T34 title – one of five medals won at the Olympic Stadium.
She was followed home by Kare Adenegan who claimed silver before Toby Gold and Andrew Small won silver and bronze respectively in the men’s T33 100m while Sabina Fortune won bronze in the F20 shot put.
Day two review
ParalympicsGB won a remarkable 16 medals on day two, including seven golds across athletics, cycling and swimming.
Sophie Thornhill kicked off the gold rush alongside pilot Helen Scott at the Olympic velodrome with Jody Cundy (C4-5 1000m time trial) also victorious, while schoolgirl swimmer Ellie Robinson, 15, won 50m butterfly S6 gold.
And in the athletics, Jonnie Peacock successfully defended his 100m T44 title with Georgina Hermitage, Sophie Hahn and Libby Clegg winning their respective 100m finals (T37, T38 & T11).
Elsewhere there were silvers for Steph Slater (100m butterfly S8), Stef Reid (long jump F44) and powerlifter Ali Jawad (-59kg).
And bronzes for Gemma Prescott (club throw F32), powerlifter Zoe Newson (-45kg), sprinter Kadeena Cox (100m T38) and swimmers Susie Rodgers (50m freestyle S7) and Lewis White (400m freestyle S9) and track cyclist Louis Rolfe (C2 3,000m pursuit).
Report courtesy of ParalympicsGB