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Gold Rush for Team GB in Rio Paralympics

September 14, 2016 2:24 pm Published by

Britain’s swimmers Sascha Kindred, Ellie Simmonds and Susie Rodgers won gold medals on day five of the Rio Paralympics.  Simmonds and Kindred both swam a strong final 50 metres to break world records in their respective SM6 200m medley races. Rodgers also set a personal best in the S7 50m butterfly to win Britain’s fifth gold of the day.

Ellie Simmonds continued ParalympicsGB's gold rush in Rio

Dame Sarah Storey made history last week when she won a record-breaking 12th Paralympic gold medal in the velodrome.  She moved away from swimming to cycle in Beijing’s 2008 Olympic Games and has won a total of 23 Paralympic medals with another three set in her sights for this year’s Rio games.

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On the sixth evening of Rio’s Paralympics, Great Britain equalled their gold medal tally from London 2012.  Sprinter Libby Clegg took gold in the 200m, Stephanie Millward won the 100m backstroke and Matt Wylie grabbed the top spot in the men’s S9 50m freestyle.

The medal table below shows China topping the medal table, followed by Great Britain in second place. The usually medal dominant United States are fourth on the table with 61 medals followed by Brazil and Australia. With only a few days left we’re keeping our fingers crossed Britain can hold on to second place!

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This post was written by Kayleigh Driscoll

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