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Team GB’s Paralympians race over 100-medal mark at Tokyo games in another day of glory

Britain’s Paralympians raced past the 100-medal mark in Tokyo yesterday on another day of glory.

Our three golds went to canoeist Emma Wiggs and athletes Jonathan Broom-Edwards and Owen Miller.

It meant we finished the day with an impressive haul of 111 gongs – 37 gold, 34 silver and 40 bronze.

Emma made history in the first VL2 event, which uses a Va’a boat, an outrigger canoe with a support float – and goes for gold in the kayak today.

The 41-year-old, of Harrow, North West London, said: “I’m unbelievably chuffed. It feels incredibly emotional because of the struggle everyone has had globally.”

Jonathan, a silver medallist in Rio, went one better, clearing 2.10m to become the T64 high jump champion.

The 33-year-old, from Colchester, Essex, said: “To just get it right at the right time, I am so relieved, elated, excited and crying my eyes out.”

Owen put in a strong final lap in his Games debut to win the 1500m T20 event in three minutes 54.57 seconds.

His shock win came after pushing world champ Alexander Rabotnitskii into second spot.

TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 03: Owen Miller of Team Great Britain celebrates winning the gold medal after competing in the Men's 1500m - T20 Final on day 10 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 03, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)© 2021 Getty Images TOKYO, JAPAN – SEPTEMBER 03: Owen Miller of Team Great Britain celebrates winning the gold medal after competing in the Men’s 1500m – T20 Final on day 10 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 03, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

The 29-year-old, from Dunfermline, had finished sixth at the 2019 World Championships, while his Russian rival and the US’s Michael Brannigan had been the favourites for gold.

There were silvers for tandem pair Sophie Unwin and pilot Jenny Holl in the women’s B road race.

Runner Richard Whitehead and doubles table tennis pair Will Bayley and Paul Karabardak also served up second spots.

Richard, of Nottingham, who clocked 23.99 seconds, was beaten by 0.40 by South African Ntando Mahlangu in the T61 200m final. Richard, the gold medallist in London and Rio, said: “He’s 19, I’m 45. Age is but a number right?”

a person jumping in the air: Great Britain's Owen Miller also won gold in the 1500m T20© PA Great Britain’s Owen Miller also won gold in the 1500m T20

There was also silver for the universal relay squad of Libby Clegg, Jonnie Peacock, Ali Smith and Nathan Maguire. They came third but got promoted after China were banned.

Libby said ending her career with a medal was a “dream come true”.

Jeanette Chippington, 51, competing in her seventh Games after her debut as a swimmer in Seoul 1988, finished third behind Wiggs to claim our 100th medal of the Games.

Her 14th Paralympics medal follows her father’s Covid-19 death last year.

Jeanette, whose mother suffers from dementia, said: “Dad would be so proud. I’ll show mum the medal.”

Source: Mirror.co.uk

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