Tokyo Paralympics: Lee Pearson wins 12th gold while JB enjoys success in cycling and swimming

Tully Kearney’s S5 100m Freestyle took gold after her silver in the S5 200m freestyle on the first day of games
place: Tokyo, Japan dates: August 24 – September 5 Time in Tokyo: GMT +8
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Lee Pearson won his twelfth title at the Paralympics as Great Britain won five gold medals in four sports on the second day of the Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

The equestrian rider, who debuted at the Sydney 2000, and his horse Breezer, took home the Class II Individual Test victory with his teammate Georgia Wilson the third.

There was also joy for a trio of Paralympic rookies – cyclists Jaco van Gas and swimmers Take Kearney And Maisie Summers Newton, who all set world records on their way to winning gold medals.

The wheelchair fencer Pierce Gulliver, the silver medalist in Rio, went better this time in the Epee A final.

Van Gas, 35, who was injured while serving with the Parachute Regiment in Afghanistan in 2009, beat his teammate Graham’s End In the C3 3000m individual pursuit final.

Both riders broke the world record for qualifying for the final, with Graham losing more than six seconds off the previous mark before Van Gass reduced him by another two seconds to three minutes 17.593 seconds.

Kearney, who finished second in the S5 200m freestyle final Wednesday, rebounded brilliantly to win the gold in the 100m freestyle while Summers-Newton beat out a world-class venue, including champion Eli Symonds, in the SM6 200m individual medley . .

Gilfer avenged China’s Sun Gang, who he beat in the final in Rio, in the round of four before defeating Russian Paralympic Committee athlete Maxim Shaborov 15-9 in the decider.

There were also silverware for the cyclists Judy Conde (C4-5 1000m trial time), tandem pair Eileen McGlynn And Helen Scott (B 1000m time trial) and equestrian rider Sophie Wells Fifth grade individual test. wheelchair duelist Dimitri Kota She won a bronze medal in the men’s epee B.

‘Emotional’ Pearson continues to dominate

Lee Pearson on Breezer
Lee Pearson was knighted in 2017

Pearson, whose gold sees him beating Baroness Tani Gray Thompson and former swimmer Dave Roberts to finish third on the all-time British roster, has been a mainstay for the British team since his international debut in 1999.

He was born with arthrosis, which means that the muscles in his arms and legs developed as scar tissue in the womb.

The 47-year-old was clearly impressed after his performance, for which he scored 76.265%, with Austrian rival Bebo Butch 73,441 and Wilson making her debut at 72,765.

“I’m as emotional as the first – maybe more,” he told Channel 4. “I don’t think I cried right away after saluting at the end of an audition before now.

“I’ve seen Brisber as a day-old in my parents’ field and being here with him as a homemaker and winning a gold medal—it’s a fairytale character.

“He brought up a lot and was nervous because he knew it was a special day. He didn’t let me down, but he stayed with me and I’m really proud of him.

“The judges love it now and I will continue to take it to the higher levels with the healthy ones too. I feel so lucky to have had horses in my life. They gave me their legs, I’m useless to dance in real life but we can dance here.”

Maisie Summers-Newton displays her gold medal in the S6 200m medley
Maisie Summers-Newton is now the Paralympic and World Champion in the S6 200m medley

Kearney and Summers-Newton seize their chance to shine

In the pool, Kearney showed great determination to recover from her 200m disappointment as Fixed in the last 10 metres by Zhang Li Chinese.

The 25-year-old, who won in 14.39 seconds in one minute, has overcome a string of health issues, including an ongoing shoulder issue, and particularly praised team doctor Richie Barber for getting her to the starting line.

“I said yesterday that my fitness wasn’t where I wanted it because of the injury,” she said.

“Today I felt rubbish in the warm-up, I freaked out in the temperatures. I was struggling to recover from yesterday, shoulder pain and wasn’t expecting to be able to swim that fast.

“Nineteen days ago I got to the point where my shoulder was getting worse in every session and I couldn’t swim, it was so sore.

“I didn’t actually think I’d do it here, so the fact that I went and then ran and won is just crazy. Richie has been spending so many hours with me, grooming me and getting my shoulders in the way it is now that I can compete.”

Summers Newton, who was inspired to start swimming when she watched Symonds triumph in 2012, added the Paralympic gold to the world title she won in London in 2019.

The 19-year-old finished fourth in the middle of the road, but her powerful leg bouncing off her chest led her to the lead 50 meters from the finish and beat Ukraine’s Elizaveta Mereshko to set a new world record of 2:56.68. Symonds came fifth.

“I knew how badly I wanted it, and I put everything into it,” Summers-Newton told Channel 4.

“When I saw how close they all were, I just thought ‘Put your head down and go get it.’ I can’t believe I got it.”

Van Gas is enjoying his Paralympic debut

Finn Graham and Jaco van Gas celebrate winning gold and silver in the men's C3 3000m individual at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo
Jaco van Gas (right) will compete in the C1-3 1000m time trial on Friday

The life of the South African-born Van Gas was changed when he was hit by an RPG, which led to a collapse of his lung and other internal injuries, shrapnel injuries and injuries to his leg, as well as losing his left arm in his elbow.

Since then, he’s been part of a record-breaking team of wounded soldiers who traveled to the North Pole, joined by Prince Harry on part of the trip, won a gold medal at the Invictus Games, participated in several marathons, climbed mountains and became a downhill skier.

Van Gas said his Paralympic gold was a dream come true.

“At this very moment, it’s the best thing I’ve done,” he said. “I’ve done some amazing things and they all had their difficulties and today was very difficult.

“It is such a relief to finally be here representing GB and to come out with first prize.

“I am very happy with myself. We must enjoy this moment but in a few hours I need to reset and forget all this and come back again tomorrow. We still have other races to do our best in.”

Conde set a Paralympic record in the C4 class, but was only able to watch Spanish C5 rider Alfonso Caballo Lamas set a new world record for gold.

The 42-year-old, who was a swimmer before cycling, became the first Briton to win a medal in seven matches.

McGlynn and Scott, the 2012 London silver medalists, were back in training together just 12 weeks ago.

“It’s amazing to do that time which was the best 2.5 seconds for us as a team,” McGlynn said. “We are very proud of what we have achieved.”

The medal table at the end of the second day

Elsewhere on the second day

Sophie Wells She aims to follow up on the success of her teammate GB Pearson when she goes at 14:20 GMT in the Class V event with the competition postponed due to hot weather.

GB They are in the semi-finals of Rugby in a wheelchair Happened after two wins out of two with a 60-37 win over New Zealand. They will play the United States on Friday (09:30 GMT) to determine who will finish top of the group.

The GB . Men’s Wheelchair Basketball The team made a successful start to its campaign with a 70-43 victory over Algeria but the women suffered their second defeat in a row, losing 54-48 to Japan.

Crane Zoe Newson She missed a medal at the third Games in a row when she only managed to finish fourth in the under-41kg category.

In table tennis, the title holder Will Bailey He achieved two wins out of two in Class VII with a 3-0 victory over Chalarmpong Bonpo of Thailand to advance to the quarter-finals. teammates Jack Hunter Spivey (Class 5) and Joshua Stacy (Class 9) They are also in the last eight of their events during Aaron McKibbin, Billy Shelton And Ross Wilson I made it to the last 16 of the men’s 8 singles class.

On a busy day working at the pool, Elaine King Ireland won their first gold medal at the Games when they took on nine-time Paralympic champion Sophie Pascoe of New Zealand in the 100m swimming final at SB8.

American teenager Anastasia PagonisA star on social media, thanks to Tik Tok videos challenging preconceived ideas about blindness, she set a new world record en route to gold in the S11 400m freestyle.

Host Japan won its first gold medal at the Games when Takayuki Suzuki Win the S4 100m freestyle. There is a strong British connection to his victory – the 34-year-old has been at Northumbria University since 2015 where he trains with coach Louise Graham.

The first member of the Paralympic Refugee Team working in Tokyo – Syrian-born swimmer Ibrahim Al-Hussein – Disqualified in the SB8 100m breaststroke temperatures.

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