13 September 2016

Cox, Storey and Cockroft to the fore on historic day for ParalympicsGB

Kadeena Cox matched track cycling gold with glory on the athletics track on an unforgettable day seven for ParalympicsGB in Rio.

British athletes won a staggering nine gold medals to match their London 2012 tally and win the most since Seoul 1988.

And the charge was led by Cox, 25, who became the first British athlete to win golds in two sports at the same Games since Isabel Newstead in 1988.

She matched her velodrome victory in the C4-5 time trial with a world record in the T38 400m to pull off a historic double.

Cox said: “I’ve been told I couldn’t do it a billion times in the past few weeks, but I’m so happy I’ve done the two sport thing and proved you can do amazing things if you just have a passion.”

Dame Sarah Storey, beaten by Cox en route to time trial gold earlier in the Games, claimed her 13th Paralympic title by a margin of more than a minute in the C5 20km time trial.

On the track, Hannah Cockroft broke her own 800m world record to win her second T34 title of the Games - the first coming in the 100m with the 400m still to come.

There were also swimming golds for Aaron Moores and Michael Jones in the SB14 100m breaststroke and the S7 400m freestyle on a great day to be British in Brazil.

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