Great Britain’s Paralympic athletes enjoyed phenomenal success yesterday (September 1st) with a medal haul of five golds.
Swimmer Ellie Simmonds successful defended her Beijing title in the S6 400m freestyle race in a world record time of five minutes and 19.17 seconds, beating her US rival Victoria Arlen.
In the Velodrome, Sarah Stoney won her second gold in the competition, taking her personal tally to nine, four of which she won in swimming events.
Earlier this week, she won Britain’s first medal in the C5 three-kilometre individual pursuit race. The cyclist praised the home crowd for their support.
‘If you move, everyone cheers. It feels like your own family has grown by 6,000 people. It was amazing,’ she said after the race.
‘It’s an incredible venue and I feel so lucky to have won in front of these fans.’
Her husband Barney Storey took gold in the tandem one-kilometre time trial as a pilot to Neil Fachie, a partially sighted athlete, to clock a world record of one minute and 01.352 seconds.
Elsewhere in the Games, Natasha Baker won equestrian gold in the Grade II individual championship
Sprinter Richard Whitehead, a double-amputee from birth, won gold in the T24 200 metres with a record breaking time. He attributed his win to ‘guts and determination’.
‘Today I came, I saw, I conquered,’ he said after the race.