2 September 2021
Today in Tokyo - Day 9
ParalympicsGB enjoyed a stunning day in Tokyo as they claimed four more golds on day nine in Tokyo.
Dame Sarah Storey became Britain’s most successful Paralympian ever, while there was another gold for cyclist Ben Watson, a third Tokyo gold for swimmer Bethany Firth, and a first Paralympic title for javelin thrower Dan Pembroke.
If you missed any of the action, here’s what happened today.
Dame Sarah Storey became ParalympicsGB’s most successful athlete of all time with a stunning 17th career gold in the C4-5 road race.
This victory means she overhauls the tally of swimmer Mike Kenny, who won 16 golds between 1976 and 1988. No British Paralympian has more gold in their collection.
Crystal Lane-Wright confirmed this would be her last Games, after claiming the silver behind Storey – her third of the Games.
There was also a British 1-2 in the men’s C1-3 road race, with Ben Watson leading home team-mate Fin Graham, while Jaco van Gass just missed out on a podium sweep in fifth.
Bethany Firth made it a hat-trick of Paralympic titles in the S14 100m backstroke while Jessica-Jane Applegate won bronze.
Having won two silver medals already this week, Firth was thrilled to get back onto the top step of the podium as she retained the title for a third time.
Meanwhile, Reece Dunn won his fifth medal of these Games – a bronze in the 100m backstroke S14.
Ellie Simmonds won eight Paralympic medals over the course of four Games
Paralympic great Ellie Simmonds went in the final of the 400m freestyle, finishing fifth in the event that she had won in both Beijing and Rio, and announced it was likely to be her final Paralympics.
Javelin thrower Dan Pembroke set a new Paralympic and European record on a victorious Games debut to make him Britain’s first Paralympian to win a javelin title.
Wheelchair racer Sammi Kinghorn claimed another Paralympic medal with a silver in the T53 400m, just days after her 100m bronze.
Dan Greaves became the first British track and field athlete to win medals at six consecutive Games as he picked up a bronze in the F64 discus event, with a best throw of 53.56m.
Double Paralympic champion Libby Clegg announced her retirement from athletics after bowing out of the women’s T11 200m on a busy morning in Tokyo, finishing third in her heat alongside guide Chris Clarke.
Wheelchair tennis pair Jordanne Whiley and Lucy Shuker have qualified for their first Paralympic doubles final after beating China’s Ziying Wang and Zhenzhen Zhu.
Whiley earlier lost her singles semi-final but will have a chance for bronze – as will Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett, who both lost their singles matches and will be battling it out for the bronze.
Emma Wiggs qualified for the final in two different canoeing events
Emma Wiggs, Charlotte Henshaw and Laura Sugar all set Paralympic bests as Britain’s canoeists got their Tokyo adventures underway at the Sea Forest Waterway.
Krysten Coombs got the better of teammate Jack Shephard as ParalympicsGB’s badminton debutants continued to make their mark in Tokyo.
Issy Bailey recorded an international personal best but missed out on qualification for the P3 – Mixed 25m Pistol SH1 final after finishing 21st with a score of 551.
Archer Hazel Chaisty lost out to Italy’s Vincenza Petrilli at the quarter-final stage, sharing the first two sets before conceding the last two to go down 6-2.
ParalympicsGB’s BC4 boccia mixed pairs had no answer to defending champions Slovakia but the trio of Stephen McGuire, Louis Saunders and Evie Edwards have vowed to up their game if they meet again.
Gordon Reid (left) and Alfie Hewett (right) will go for gold in the men's doubles
Finals day for tennis and table tennis
As the Games heads towards its final straight, there are a host of medals available on the final Friday including a huge day of wheelchair tennis.
Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid won silver in Rio in 2016 in the men’s doubles and will seek to avenge that loss to French pair Stéphane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer (third on centre court, play starts at 2am BST).
They will be followed by Jordanne Whiley’s bronze medal match as she takes on Aniek van Koot of the Netherlands.
Sticking with the ball sports, Will Bayley and Paul Karabardak are in finals action in the table tennis as they take on China in the men’s 6-7 class (5am BST).
With a pair of bronze medals already to his name, Stephen Clegg will be hoping for gold in swimming’s 100m butterfly S12 (heats at 2:19am BST, final at 10:53am BST) in which he is the world record holder.
And on the track there are lots of big names in action as Rio champions Hollie Arnold and Jo Butterfield defend their respective crowns in the F45 javelin (11:28am BST) and F51 club throw (11:05am BST), while Jon Broom-Edwards looks to upgrade the silver he won in the T64 high jump (3:02am BST).
World number one Owen Miller goes in the T20 1500m (2:13am BST), and world silver medallist Lydia Church competes in the F12 shot put (1:30am BST).
Double Paralympic champion Richard Whitehead goes in the T61 200m (11:42am BST) and Kadeena Cox begins her athletics campaign in the T38 400m heats (1:51pm BST), having already won cycling gold in Tokyo.
There is more cycling as Lora Fachie looks to add to her collection in Tokyo having won a gold and a silver so far as she goes in the women’s B road race (5:00 am BST).
That is just a flavour of the action, with ParalympicsGB’s wheelchair basketball men in semi-final action against hosts Japan (12:45pm BST), while Beth Munroe makes her debut in the taekwondo (3:15am BST), a new event in the programme on what should be an entertaining day of Paralympic sport.
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