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China win 13 golds on second day of Paralympics


Hilton Langenhoven on his way to winning gold in 2016 Paralympic Games Long Jump at the Olympic Stadium

Para-cycling newcomer James Ball was the first British tandem athlete to take to the track in the men’s B kilo final and set the fastest time so far with his pilot Craig MacLean, with four pairs left to ride.

It was one of SEVEN gold medals won by Britain yesterday – including one for London hero Jonnie Peacock – and brought Cundy the redemption he craved. The second fell in the club throw F31/32 when Mounia Gasmi threw 25.41m with her sixth attempt, which stood for the gold medal.

Morris’ gold on day four was Britain’s 16th of the Games.

The win is Morris’ third Paralympic medal, and second gold after she took first place in the hand cycling at Beijing 2008.

The weightlifter, who was born with deformed legs, entered the event as the current world record-holder with a 182kg lift he set in 2015.

“Jumping onto the block in Beijing, I was a new kid, getting away with a gold medal there”. Uzbekistan’s Tursunpashsha Nurmetova had a bit harder of a battle but claimed the other bronze medal.

Turnham and Hall had a blistering start and held the number one spot throughout their qualifying race, breaking the Paralympic record in doing so. Expect him to take his tally of golds into the teens. To be able to have my idol come up to me and say she’s proud of me – it was really quite bittersweet.

Aggar, competing at his third Games, admitted pride in his team-mates after their regatta to remember, making Rio’s picturesque city centre Lagoa a place of happy memories for Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic teams. She has 12 gold, four silver and two bronze medals. The 28 year old is competing in familiar waters and will be roared on by the ever passionate home crowd.

The current world record holder finished the competition with a score of 193.4 points which was a Paralympic final record. Nevertheless, Ukraine’s squad should be feeling confident of success, having already beaten the Brazilian side 2-0 in the final of a warm-up tournament in Spain.