Paralympics day 10: GB passes triple figures in Tokyo

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A gold and bronze in the first running of the va’a discipline of canoeing at the Paralympics saw GB pass the milestone of 100 medals at the Tokyo Games.

Emma Wiggs soared to gold with a personal best of 57.028 seconds, more than four seconds ahead of her closest rival, while fellow Briton Jeanette Chippington took bronze.

Chippington now has 14 medals across a 33-year career, with her first coming in the swimming pool in Seoul.

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Later, Robert Oliver celebrated a bronze medal in the KL3 200m kayak final – 13 years on from medical negligence leading to the amputation of his right leg after an innocuous tackle in amateur football.

The medal tally was boosted on Friday with success at the Olympic Stadium, with Jonathan Broom-Edwards claiming gold for GB in the T64 high jump, his season’s best of 2.10m seeing him upgrade his silver from Rio.

And in the T20 1500m, Owen Miller claimed a shock gold after defeating world and European champion Alexandr Rabotnitskii, and Hannah Taunton claimed bronze in the women’s race.

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Swimmer Stephen Clegg finished second in the S12 100m butterfly to collect his third medal of the Games.

Sophie Unwin and her pilot Jenny Holl won silver in the women’s B road race, as did table tennis players Will Bayley and Paul Karabardak in the men’s class 6-7 team event.

Wheelchair tennis men’s duo Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett had to settle for silver after they were beaten by French pair Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer, the defending champions, in a final set tie-break of the doubles competition.

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Taekwondo fighter Beth Munro had guaranteed herself a medal as she made it to the final of the under-58kgs division, where she lost to Denmark’s four-time world champion Lisa Gjessing.

Richard Whitehead missed out on a third consecutive T61 200m title when he was beaten by South Africa’s 19-year-old Ntando Mahlangu.

Defending champion Hollie Arnold had to settle for bronze in the F46 javelin and Jordanne Whiley also collected bronze in the wheelchair tennis, which was Britain’s first women’s singles medal at the Paralympics.

The British universal relay team – Libby Clegg and her guide Chris Clarke, Jonnie Peacock, Ali Smith and Nathan Maguire – had finished third, but were subsequently upgraded to silver after China were disqualified, with the USA having won gold.

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Great Britain’s Emma Wiggs was clearly delighted with her gold
Great Britain’s Emma Wiggs was clearly delighted with her gold (John Walton/PA)

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There were a range of masks on display as the women battled it out for the F12 shotput title, with Florencia Belen Romer going for a raccoon and Assunta Legnante a tiger.

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What’s coming up on Saturday?

On the final day of the track and field athletics, Britain will be hoping for more medals.

Aled Davies is out to retain his F63 shot put crown, Kadeena Cox – already having claimed double gold from track cycling – competes in the T38 400m and Hannah Cockroft looks for another Paralympics title in the T34 800m.

Elsewhere, Whiley and Lucy Shuker are in the women’s doubles wheelchair tennis final, with British chances of success also in canoeing, the boccia team event, badminton and taekwondo.

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