GB’s Cockroft wins seventh Paralympic gold, Henshaw & Sugar take canoe titles

GB’s Cockroft wins seventh Paralympic gold, Henshaw & Sugar take canoe titles
Venue: Tokyo, Japan Dates: 24 August-5 September Time in Tokyo: BST 8
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Hannah Cockroft and Aled Sion Davies kept their Paralympic titles as Great Britain took pleasure in an effective last day in the track and field occasions at the Tokyo Paralympics.

Cockroft protected her seventh Paralympic gold with a dominant win in the T34800 m, ahead of team-mate Kare Adenegan.

Davies landed his 3rd Paralympic title with success in the F63 shot put.

In another British one-two, Charlotte Henshaw won KL2 200 m Para-canoe gold, with Emma Wiggs clinching silver.

Another gold quickly followed in Para-canoe, with Laura Sugar ending up being KL3 champ.

It indicates GB have actually now won 41 golds at the Games and an overall of 122 medals as they remain in 2nd location in the medal table entering into Sunday’s last day.

There was dissatisfaction for Kadeena Cox, who was bidding to win gold in 2 various sports for the 2nd Games in a row however completed 4th in the T38400 m.

Badminton gamer Dan Bethell ended up being Britain’s very first medallist in the sport on its Games launching, taking silver in the SL3 songs last where he lost 21-1421-17 to India’s world champ Pramod Bhagat.

The 25- year-old’s silver indicates Britain have actually now won medals in 17 of the 19 sports they participated in with possibilities in the 2 others, shooting and wheelchair basketball, to come on Sunday prior to the closing event (12: 00 BST).

Jordanne Whiley and Lucy Shuker were entrusted to silver in the wheelchair tennis ladies’s doubles after they were beaten 6-0 6-1 by Dutch front runners Diede de Groot and Aniek van Koot in the last.

Gordon Reid beat British team-mate Alfie Hewett in the males’s songs bronze match, winning 6-4 3-6 7-5.

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There was likewise bronze for Amy Truesdale, who lost in her taekwondo semi-final however recuperated well to come through the repechage, and for Para-canoeist Stuart Wood in the VL3 200 m last.

A Paralympic medal table showing: 1. China 93 gold, 57 silver, 50 bronze, 200 total. 2. Great Britain 41 gold, 38 silver, 43 bronze, 122 total. 3. RPC 36 gold, 32 silver, 49 bronze, 117 total. 4. USA 35 gold, 36 silver, 30 bronze, 101 total. 5. Netherlands, 25 gold, 17 silver, 16 bronze, 58 total.

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Drama for Cockroft

Cockroft and Davies were called as co-captains of the British sports group for Tokyo and the set led by example.

The 29- year-old from Leeds broke her own world record to maintain her 100 m crown on Sunday however simply lost out on a 2nd record over the longer range.

Her brand-new Paralympic record of one minute 48.99 seconds was nearly 12 seconds inside her own previous Games finest.

Adenegan clocked an individual finest of 1: 59.85, suggesting she updated on the bronze she won in case in Rio 5 years back.

Cockroft exposed later on that she had a mishap while heating up for the last, triggering her issue prior to the race.

” I put my hand through the wheel while the chair was moving,” she stated. “I’ve never ever done that however I chose to do it today. It was quite bloody however it’s great.”

Davies, who won discus gold and shot put bronze in London prior to the discus was dropped from the Rio program, led from the 2nd round of his occasion and although his winning effort of 15.33 m was well off his finest, the downpour made tossing really tough.

” It’s surreal, it truly is. It’s been such effort to get here,” the 30- year-old stated.

” I’ve found out a lot over the last 18 months and needed to progress and adjust and end up being self-dependent nearly.

” It’s so difficult to win medals – the conditions, whatever protested me out there.

” I’m still young and I feel fantastic. I seem like I’ve got a lot to offer. Paris is certainly the next stop, even LA (the 2028 Paralympic Games). We’re simply starting.”

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Sport changes settle for Henshaw and Sugar

As a swimmer, Henshaw won silver at London 2012 and bronze in Rio, however lastly got the colour she desired after changing to Para-canoe.

The 34- year-old retired from the swimming pool in 2017 in order to alter sports, winning the KL2 World Championship title the list below year – a title she maintained in 2019.

In Tokyo, she dealt with hard competitors from team-mate Wiggs, who won the Paralympic title in case 5 years earlier.

The set looked set for gold and silver from the start of Saturday’s race, retreating from the remainder of the field early on prior to Henshaw then edged ahead, setting a brand-new Paralympic finest time of 50.76 seconds.

Wiggs, 41, who won VL2 gold on Friday, ended up 0.649 secs behind Henshaw.

” It’s remarkable. I feel a genuine sense of thankfulness that I got the chance that I had the ability to race for this medal,” stated Henshaw.

” It was a wonderful race and unbelievable that Emma and I had the ability to once again get the leading 2 actions on the podium. It simply reveals the strength that we have in British canoeing, and I’m really happy to be a part of it.”

A modification of sport likewise settled for Sugar, who completed in sports in Rio.

She was identified by Para-canoe through the skill ID procedure in 2018, and sealed Paralympic gold 3 years later on in some design, clocking a Paralympic finest of 49.582

” It was a little bit of a blur truly. I understood I needed to nail my start and after that the racer in me comes out midway through the race,” she stated.

” I just think of nailing the start and it settled. I am simply happy it has actually all gone to strategy.”

GB’s canoeists complete the Games with 7 medals, consisting of 3 golds, putting them top of the sport’s medal table.

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