3 September 2021

Today in Tokyo - Day 11

ParalympicsGB athletes claimed another 11 medals, including four golds on the penultimate day of Tokyo 2020 Paralympic action.

With the Games now entering its closing stages, day 11 saw shot-put star Aled Davies, track racer Hannah Cockroft and canoeists Charlotte Henshaw and Laura Sugar all top the podium to secure gold for ParalympicsGB.

There were also silver and bronze medals across badminton, athletics, canoe sprint, wheelchair tennis and taekwondo on what was a jam-packed day of sport.

If you missed any of the action, here’s what happened today at Tokyo 2020.

Davies in dreamland after third Paralympic gold

Aled Davies claimed an incredible third Paralympic gold by triumphing in the shot put F42, defending the title he won in Rio five years ago.

Davies, who dedicated his performance to his one-year-old daughter Phoebe, repeated his Rio crown with a throw of 15.33m in the fourth round of the final.

And after adding a third gold, following his discus F42 success at London 2012, the 30-year-old is already looking ahead to Paris 2024, where he hopes his family will be cheering him on to a fourth straight Paralympic title.

Elsewhere on the track, Kadeena Cox fell just short in her bid to match her athletics and cycling medal double of Rio.

The 30-year-old had already won two track cycling medals at Tokyo 2020 and was seeking to defend her women’s 400m T38 title that she won in Rio.

But unfortunately for Cox, she finished just outside the medals despite setting a season’s best time of 1:01.16 after overcoming a double Achilles injury this year.

Hannah Cockroft successfully defended her title

Cockroft leads British one-two in 800m T34

Hannah Cockroft stormed to victory in the 800m T34 , defending her Rio 2016 title in dominant fashion.

Racing with a bandaged right hand after an accident during warm-ups, Cockroft took nearly 12 seconds off her Paralympic record of five years ago to claim the seventh gold medal of her Paralympic career.

In the same race, Cockroft’s ParalympicsGB teammate Karé Adenegan set a personal best of 1:59.85, holding off American Alex Halko to take silver, while fellow GB racer Fabienne Andre finished fourth.

Long jumper Zak Skinner came agonisingly close to a debut Paralympic medal.

Skinner was in the bronze medal position heading into the sixth and final round but could only watch on as American Isaac Jean-Paul bettered his best jump by just two centimetres, pushing him out of medal contention.

Henshaw and Sugar deliver sweet canoeing finish

Charlotte Henshaw and Laura Sugar struck gold to help ParalympicsGB sign off from Tokyo 2020 with more canoeing success on the water.

Henshaw led home a British one-two in the women’s KL2 final, narrowly beating out her teammate Emma Wiggs, who took silver, by just over half a second.

The gold medal for Henshaw means she has completed the Paralympic set, having previously won a silver and bronze in the swimming pool at the last two games.

Sugar continued to add to the sweet success for ParalympicsGB, as she powered past the rest of the KL3 field to take gold in a Paralympic best time of 49.582 seconds.

Sugar powered past the rest of the field to take gold.

And Stuart Wood capped off a wonderful day in the water with a bronze medal in the men’s VL3 event.

Bethell battles to badminton silver at debut games

Dan Bethell’s dreams came true after he claimed ParalympicsGB’s very first badminton medal, winning silver in the men’s SL3 singles.

While Bethell wasn’t able to overcome India’s Pramod Bhagat, losing 21-14 21-17, the silver will go down in history with badminton making its Paralympic debut in Tokyo.

And Bethell’s silver also saw ParalympicsGB claim another historic first as they became the first nation to win medals in 17 different sports at Tokyo 2020 – the highest of any nation in a single games.

Whiley and Shuker win third tennis Paralympic medal together

Jordanne Whiley and Lucy Shuker took home a silver for ParalympicsGB from the wheelchair tennis women’s doubles.

Whiley and Shuker after winning a superb silver medal

The silver medal, after losing to Dutch duo Diede de Groot and Aniek van Koot was Whiley and Shuker’s third Paralympic medal together, as well as their best-ever performance too.

Meanwhile, close friends Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett squared off against each other in the men’s singles bronze-medal match, with the former coming out on top.

So strong is the friendship between the two, it led to Reid refusing to celebrate his bronze.

Thankfully, Hewett doesn’t leave Tokyo 2020 empty handed, having won a doubles silver with Reid 24 hours earlier.

Truesdale takes bronze to give ParalympicsGB second taekwondo medal

Amy Truesdale won ParalympicsGB’s second taekwondo medal in as many days with a bronze in the women’s K44 +58kg category.

Following on from Beth Munro’s silver medal a day prior, Truesdale managed to defeat Iranian Rayeheh Shahab 41-31 in the bronze medal bout to cap historic week of taekwondo for ParalympicsGB.

Joseph Lane was also in action in the men’s K44 +75kg competition.

The London born fighter was defeated 36-5 by Zainutdin Ataev of the Russian Paralympic Committee, which sent him into the repechage quarter-final.

And while he fought as hard as he could, Lane’s maiden Paralympic experience came to an end with defeat to Libya’s Mohamed Abidar.

Truesdale recovered from a semi-final defeat to claim bronze

Jeffery finishes sixth in rifle final

In the shooting Tim Jeffery ended with a sixth-place finish in the R9 Mixed 50m Rifle Prone SH2 final in Tokyo.

He finished with a total of 163.3 for his best result of the Games. ParalympicsGB teammate Ryan Cockbill qualified fourth into the medal shoot.

However, he couldn’t transform that form into the latter stages, with the 31-year-old the first eliminated to bring the curtain down on his Games.

Iranian archers prove too strong for Phillips and Chaisty

Dave Phillips and Hazel Chaisty saw ParalympicsGB’s archery campaign end in Tokyo with a quarter-final defeat in the mixed team recurve event.

The pair managed a surprise victory over Turkey’s Yagmur Sengul and Sadik Savas, who had qualified three places higher, to reach the last eight.

Philips and Chaisty couldn’t repeat the trick in the quarter-finals and were beaten by Iranian duo Zahra Nemati and Gholamreza Rahimi, who moved into the final four.

The archery team heads home with two medals after Phoebe Paterson Pine won individual compound open gold while Victoria Rumary took bronze in the women’s individual W1.

Hazel Chaisty takes aim in the mixed team event

Final day highlights

The closing ceremony will bring the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games to a close on Sunday, but not before the final day of sporting action.

ParalympicsGB could still add to their medal haul, with the legendary David Weir going in the men’s T54 marathon, along with JohnBoy Smith (22:30 BST) and Derek Rae in the men’s T46 marathon (22:50 BST).

The events will round off the athletics programme, with Weir aiming to add his career total of 10 Paralympic medals.

Wheelchair basketball also takes centre stage on the final day, with the British team taking on Spain in the men’s bronze medal match (02:00 BST).

After losing to hosts Japan in the semi-final, the Brits will be looking to bounce back and retain the bronze medal they won in Rio five years ago.

Over in the badminton, Krysten Coombs will be aiming to bring home a medal, when he takes on Brazilian Vitor Goncalves Tavares in the men’s singles SH6 class bronze medal match (03:30 BST).

Meanwhile at the shooting range, former Paralympic champion from Beijing 2008, Matt Skelhon and British teammate Lorraine Lambert, both go in the 50m rifle prone mixed event qualification (01:30 BST), hoping to make the final later in the day (03:30 BST)

Then at 11am (BST) the closing ceremony will formally round off the 16th summer Paralympic Games, a memorable one for the ParalympicsGB team, already guaranteed to finish second in the final medal table.

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