Day 1 GB medal round up

In a record breaking day for the Paralympian’s of team GB, there is obviously going to be comparisons between themselves and their able bodied counterparts.

The summers tradition of Team GB success has had no recess as 2 golds, 3 silvers and 2 bronze were won, as well as 2 world records smashed in the process.

Track cyclist Sarah Storey cruised to victory in the women’s individual C5 pursuit, where she broke her own world record in the heats.

Jonathan Fox Paralympics

At the Aquatics Centre, Jonathan Fox won the days other gold, and like Storey set a new world record in the heats, notching up a time of 9.86 in the 100 meter breast-stroke, where he enlightened the Stratford crowd.

There were two more medals coming out of the pool, Nyree Kindred and Hannah Russell delivered silver medals. In the 100 meter breast-stroke Kindred, who has earned 9 medals in the 3 previous Paralympic games, set out to win back the title of Paralympic Champion that she lost in Beijing four years ago. Despite being piped by China’s Dong Lu, Kindred set a new personal best and in the end was happy with her performance. 16 year old, Hanah Russell was superb in her Paralympic debut in the 400 meter freestyle, where she also managed to claim second place and earn a silver medal.

Paracyclist Mark Colbourne in the 1 kilometre time trial came home with a silver medal, and in doing so was the first athlete from team GB to deliver to the medal table.

Bronze medals were claimed by Ben Quilter. The double world champion in the judo -60kg division beat Japan’s Takaaki Hirai. In the -40kg powerlifting, 20 year old Zoe Newson was also happy to claim the bronze medal.

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