There was impressive medal success from the usual suspects on day six – namely in swimming, athletics and equestrian – but some of GB’s lesser known athletes also made the podium to keep Britain riding high in the medal tables.
Britain’s riders kept up their medal-winning ways in the individual freestyle competitions, performing their way to three more individual medals. Sophie Christiansen rode her way to gold in the grade Ia with a stunning score of 84.750. Deborah Criddle and Sophie Wells couldn’t quite match her in their respective events, but both finished in silver position to claim another pair of medals for GB’s equestrian tally.
…won amidst a wall of noise from the British fans…
It was just the one gold medal for the athletics squad, claimed in imperious fashion by king of the track David Weir, who had already topped the podium in the 5000m earlier in the week. It was his second of the games, won amidst a wall of noise from the British fans in the Olympic Stadium.
Paul Blake found himself met with a similarly raucous reception as he powered to silver in the T36 400m in a personal best time of 54.22 seconds. Fellow athlete David Devine claimed bronze in the men’s 1500m T13, his time of 3:49:79 breaking the previous English record. Great Britain’s women’s relay time ensured female GB representation on the podium, coming in third after Russia and China in the 4x100m T35/T38.
…his impressive silver-winning performance in the 400m Freestyle.
Back in the swimming pool, Heather Frederiksen was the golden girl of the evening. She managed to repeat her gold-winning performance in Beijing to win the women’s 100m backstroke S8 in 1:17:00. Stephanie Millward also added to the medal tally, racing her way to silver in the Women’s 400m Freestyle S9 and breaking the European record in the process.
British swimmers also claimed three bronze medals in the Aquatic Centre to bring their swimming total for the day to five. Matt Walker managed third in the Men’s 50m Freestyle S7, while Ollie Hynd did the same in the Men’s 100m Backstroke S8 after his impressive silver-winning performance in the 400m Freestyle.
…Clarke would prove a worthy opponent having taken the bronze in the same event back in 2008.
But today wasn’t just about Britain’s most famous Paralympic sports, as some of the Games’ lesser known disciplines proved fruitful for GB. GB’s BC1/BC2 Boccia players held off a valiant late comeback from Portugal to clinch the bronze 7-5 in their event. Meanwhile, Matt Skelhon claimed his second medal of the games when he finished in bronze position in the Mixed R6-50m Rifle Prone SH1, although fellow Brits Karen Butler and Benjamin Jesson didn’t manage to make the final.
Finally, it was a glorious day for British archery as Beijing veterans, Mel Clarke and Danielle Brown, battled their way into an all British final. Brown was the favourite, having won the gold in Beijing, but Clarke would prove a worthy opponent having taken the bronze in the same event back in 2008. As it turned out, the favourite came out on top, with Brown defeating her teammate 6-4 to successfully defend her title and add yet another valuable gold to the GB total.