Another successful day for GB, as a host of athletes made it onto the podium to almost triple the medal total by the end of the second day.
The day saw the first medals up for grabs in the Athletics, as Paralympic athletes took to the Olympic Stadium for the first time. It wasn’t long before a GB athlete made it onto the podium, as Aled Davies bettered his fourth place Beijing finish in the Men’s Shot Put (F42/44) to claim the bronze medal.
…with a stunning run in the final…
But the star of the day’s athletics was undoubtedly 100m T34 sprinter Hannah Cockroft, who roared her way onto the podium with a stunning run in the final. The 20-year old’s time of 18.24 seconds set a new Paralympic record, a feat she will hope to repeat in the 200m later on in the Games.
The cyclists proved consistent as ever, claiming five medals for GB over the day, including a second medal for Mark Colbourne. Going one better than his silver on the first day, Colbourne won the Men’s Individual C1 Pursuit with a world record time, adding a valuable gold to GB’s tally.
His reaction was both furious and expletive-ridden…
Hopes of another gold for GB from Beijing Champion Jody Cundy were dashed, however, when the cycling star had trouble at the starting bloc in the Men’s Individual 1km Time Trial. Cundy insisted his wheel spin had been down to a technical fault, but the judges ruled it to be a result of his own error and refused him a restart. His reaction was both furious and expletive-ridden, as he vented his frustration at being denied the chance to defend his title.
Nevertheless, the race did turn out one medal for Great Britain as Kundy’s teammate Jon-Allan Butterworth claimed the silver. It was a also a second place finish for defending champion Aileen McGlynn, who raced to silver in the women’s individual B 1km time trial.
…GB swimmers racing to five medals…
There was a double medal finish in the Men’s C3 Individual Pursuit as Shawn McKeown and Darren Kenny claimed silver and bronze, neither able to defeat USA’s Joseph Berenyi.
The Aquatics Centre proved lucrative once more with GB swimmers racing to five medals, although the golds remained elusive. James Crisp claimed the silver in the Men’s 100m Backstroke S9, while European Champion Heather Frederiksen managed the same in the Women’s 400m Freestyle S8. Stephanie Millward also finished second on the podium in the Women’s 100m Backstroke S9, while 14-year old Amy Marren finished fifth place in an astonishing Paralympian debut.
…there need to be consistent outstanding performances…
It was a family affair in the Men’s 400m Freestyle S8 Champion, where brothers Sam and Ollie Hynd faced each other in the final alongside fellow Brit Tom Young. It was the younger Hynd who finished highest, seventeen year old Ollie pipping his brother to silver. Young finished just behind the brothers in fourth.
Another successful day in the water and on the track, then, as GB continue to rack up the medals. Nevertheless, there need to be consistent outstanding performances and more athletes clinching gold for the host nation to continue nudging their way up the medal table.