As I write day 2 of the Tokyo Paralympics 2020 is nearly over although there are still some events going on into the evening in Tokyo. It’s been hard to keep up with the successes of Team GB so far – there have been many! From the continuing success of Paralympic legends such as Dame Sarah Storey and Sir Lee Pearson to the incredible debut’s of Maisie Summers-Newton and Jaco Van Gass. Here is a run down of the medal winners from day 1 and 2:
Sarah Storey Cycling – Women’s C5 3000m individual pursuit
Paralympic royalty Dame Saray Storey wins her 15th Paralympic gold medal with a new world record. This is Sarah’s 8th Paralympics and she has won medals in every single games, starting in the pool and switching to track and road cycling in 2005. She has 2 more events to come and is looking to become Britiain’s most successful Paralympian.
Jaco Van Gass Cycling – Men’s C3 3000m individual pursuit
Featured in last weeks preview of the games, Jaco won his first event at his first Paralympics in style. He has 4 more events to come and I’m sure there will be more success for him.
Tully Kearney Swimming – Women’s S5 100m freestyle
Tully completed an amazing swim to win her 2nd medal of the games in a new world record. This is her first games after she had to withdraw from Rio 2016 with an ongoing shoulder injury and a significant progression of her dystonia.
Lee Pearson Equestrian – Grade II individual dressage
Sir Lee Pearson can also be regarded as Paralympic royalty, winning his 12th gold medal at his 6th games. All this on a horse he bred and produced himself. He now qualifies for the individual freestyle event where he will surely be looking to add to his medal tally.
Maisie Summers-Newton Swimming – Women’s SM6 200m IM
Another athlete featured as one to watch in last week’s preview, Maisie claims her first gold at her first Paralympics in world record time!
Steve Bate & Adam Duggleby Cycling – Men’s B 4000m individual pursuit
Steve Bate wins his 4th Paralympic medal along with sighted pilot Duggleby. They will be looking to go one better in the upcoming road time trial.
Crystal Lane-Wright Cycling – Women’s C5 3000m individual pursuit
Crystal wins her 3rd medal at her 3rd Paralympics sharing the podium with teammate Sarah Storey.
Reece Dunn Swimming – Men’s S14 100m butterfly
Another athlete competing at their first games, Reece was narrowly beaten in the final coming away with a silver medal.
Tully Kearney Swimming – Women’s S5 200m freestyle
A great start to the games for Tully, silver on day 1 and gold on day 2!
Aileen McGlynn Cycling – Women’s B 1000m time trial
Another experienced competitor Aileen wins her 7th medal at her 4th Paralympic Games.
Jody Cundy Cycling – Men’s C4 1000m time trial
Jody has represented GB at 7 Paralympics in both swimming and cycling events, Jody adds a silver to his 7 gold medals and 3 bronzes. Defending Champion Jody set an incredible time and it took a world record breaking ride to beat him.
Finlay Graham Cycling – Men’s C3 3000m individual pursuit
A brilliant silver medal for Finlay at his first Paralympics, beaten only by teammate Jaco Van Gass.
Toni Shaw Swimming – Women’s S9 400m freestyle
Georgia Wilson Equestrian – Grade II individual dressage
Dimitri Coutya Fencing – Men’s Class B Individual Epee