29 August 2021
Today in Tokyo - Day 6
ParalympicsGB enjoyed another successful day in Tokyo, winning medals of all colours to maintain second spot in the medal table.
The British team currently have 26 gold medals to their name with Sir Lee Pearson in the equestrian, Andrew Small in athletics and Phoebe Paterson Pine in archery creating their own golden moments on day six.
Jonnie Peacock shared T64 100m bronze in a dramatic photo finish while Louise Sugden, Natasha Baker, Georgia Wilson and Harri Jenkins all celebrated podium finishes.
If you missed any of the action, here’s what happened today.
14 Paralympic medals and counting for Sir Lee Pearson
Sir Lee Pearson danced to a 14th Paralympic gold medal on his horse Breezer and in a glimpse of the future, was joined on the podium by 25-year-old Games debutant Georgia Wilson, who won bronze.
Meanwhile Natasha Baker and her beloved Lottie cantered to Grade III silver, her second individual medal in Tokyo.
Phoebe Paterson Pine held her nerve to win the women’s individual compound open final and claim archery gold for ParalympicsGB.
Paterson Pine defeated Mariana Zuniga Varela of Chile 134-133 in a tense gold-medal final to secure the Paralympic title.
The Cirencester archer had earlier beaten her close friend, teammate and world number one Jess Stretton to qualify for the quarter-finals.
Phoebe Paterson Pine was on target for ParalympicsGB
Andrew Small was cautiously confident about his Paralympic chances but he delivered in style with a men’s 100m T33 gold that headlined a double British medal success in the race.
ParalympicsGB team-mate Harri Jenkins claimed bronze on his Games debut, with James Freeman in fourth.
Jonnie Peacock lost his first major final in a decade but still struck bronze in the closest Paralympic race in history.
The two-time men’s 100m T64 champion was forced to endure an agonising wait of over three minutes to find out whether he’d made the podium at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.
He paced the track like an expectant father before the scoreboard flashed he’d share the bronze with long-time rival Johannes Floors of Germany after both clocked 10.79 seconds, with the race won by his team-mate Felix Streng in 10.76 secs.
Louise Sugden won a brilliant powerlifting bronze in the women’s -86kg category, securing the medal with her final lift.
The Newbury lifter successfully made 131kg in the last round, a lift that previously would have broken the Paralympic record, to claim the bronze.
It was a tense final round as Sugden’s lift was initially recorded a no lift for her press sequence but was successfully appealed to see her claim her first Paralympic medal.
Meanwhile, ParalympicsGB shooter Tim Jeffery finished eighth in the R4 mixed 10m air rifle standing SH2 event to cap the day’s action at the Asaka Shooting Range.
Jonnie Peacock played his part in one of the most dramatic races in Paralympic history
Ellie Robinson declared her Tokyo journey to be a story of “triumph, not defeat” having defied all odds just to reach her second Paralympic Games on her 20th birthday.
Defending her women’s 50m butterfly S6 title five years on from Rio proved narrowly out of reach, finishing fifth – 2.39 seconds behind Paralympic champion Jiang Yuyan, who had earlier broken the world record in reaching the final.
Robinson was one of four British swimmers in action in the medal races with Ellie Challis – the youngest member of the ParalympicsGB contingency in Tokyo, aged 17 – registering a fourth-place finish.
Gordon Reid, Alfie Hewett and Jordanne Whiley all enjoyed victorious outings on a busy day of wheelchair tennis action at Tokyo 2020.
Reid and Hewett both prevailed in their respective singles matches before the Rio 2016 Paralympic silver medallists continued their bid for gold with victory in the men’s doubles.
There was also success for Whiley, who reached the women’s singles quarter-finals thanks to a comfortable second-round win at the Ariake Tennis Park.
It wasn’t to be for Lucy Shuker and Andy Lapthorne in their respective singles matches but the pair both have doubles competition still to look forward to in Tokyo.
Two matches, two wins for Alfie Hewett
Day seven treats in store in Tokyo
ParalympicsGB’s cyclists are back in action and it’s a race against the clock with the time trial taking centre stage at the Fuji Speedway.
Dame Sarah Storey (C5, 0:18am BST) has her sights on another historic title, and another gold medal in Tokyo would see her join Mike Kenny on 16 titles for ParalympicsGB.
Jaco van Gass (C3, 6:21am BST), Lora Fachie and Corrine Hall (B, 6:43am BST) are all looking to increase their Paralympic gold tally while Crystal Lane-Wright (C5, 0:18am BST), Stephen Bate and Adam Duggleby (B, 5:30am BST) are among those looking for more silverware.
Benjamin Watson (C3, 6:21am BST), Finlay Graham (C3, 6:21am BST), George Peasgood (C4, 6:07am BST), Sophie Unwin and Jenny Holl (B, 6:43am BST) will also take to the roads on a busy day of cycling action.
Competition continues at pace in Tokyo with a plethora of athletics finals to whet the appetite.
Daniel Sidbury and David Weir compete in the men’s 1500m T54 final (3:21am BST) while it’s the 400m T20 and 400m T38 for Columba Blango (11.06am BST) and Shaun Burrows (11.19am BST) respectively.
Hetty Bartlett and Olivia Breen are in the field for long jump T38 (11am BST) action while the shot put F34 final has ParalympicsGB representation with 2018 European champion Vanessa Wallace (2:26am BST) bidding for her first Games medal.
From track to road for Dame Sarah Storey
In the pool, Hannah Russell (100m freestyle S12, 1:24am BST) and Reece Dunn (200m Individual Medley SM14, 1:28am BST) already have Tokyo 2020 gold medals to take home with them but their bid for more continues in Tuesday morning’s heats.
Jordan Catchpole (1:28am BST), Bethany Firth and Jessica-Jane Applegate (1:41am BST) will both be looking to turn their relay success into individual honours when they take part in their respective 200m Individual Medley SM14 events
Ellie Challis (50m breaststroke SB3, 2:11am BST), ParalympicsGB’s youngest representative in Japan, is also back in the pool while Stephanie Millward (100m freestyle S9, 2:36am BST), Toni Shaw (100m freestyle S9, 2:36am BST), Stephen Clegg (100m freestyle S12, 1:14am BST) and Louise Fiddes (200m Individual Medley SM14, 1:41am BST) have individual events on the horizon.
W1 1⁄8 eliminations action awaits for archer Victoria Rumary (9:30am BST) while boccia has reached its knockout stages, with David Smith (8am BST) and Scott McCowan (3:55am BST) continuing their individual quests for gold.
Shooter Issy Bailey (1.30am BST) is in 10m Air Pistol SH1 qualification while there are a plethora of team events for the table tennis squad to get their teeth stuck into.
Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid (from 3am BST) are in wheelchair tennis men’s doubles semi-final action, with Jordanne Whiley back on court for her women’s singles quarter-final.
From one court to another, and there’s more wheelchair basketball to look forward to, with ParalympicsGB’s women’s team in action against China for a place in the semi-finals.
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