Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games LIVE: David Weir eliminated from T54 5000m after swimming gold for Great Britain

<p>Athletics started on the third day </p>

Athletics started on the third day


Briton Kadeena Cox won gold with a superb world record in Tokyo. She then defended her title in the C4-5 500m time trial.

Jaco van Gass clinched his second Games medal with bronze in the C1-3 1000m time trial and both sprinter Maria Lyle and power lifter Olivia Broome took bronze for Great Britain.

Meanwhile, Reece Dunn broke her own world record to win S14 gold in the 200m backstroke, moments after her British teammate Hannah Russell retained her S12 title in the 100m backstroke.

China delivered powerful performances with Xia Zhou finishing with the women’s T35 world record and Dong Feixia taking gold on discus.

Great Britain retained second place on the medal table as Matchday 3 continued. The British Paralympians have so far won 26 medals, only behind China’s 39 medals.

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Lyle embarks on athletics

Maria Lyle won Team GB her first athletics medal of this year’s Paralympic Games with bronze in the T35 100 meters.

Will that move the ball forward for more in the days to come?

Dylan terryAugust 27, 2021 1:57 PM


Recap of the third day

Great Britain’s Kadeena Cox broke the world record by retaining her C4-5 title in the 500m time trial and Hannah Russell and Reece Dunn won gold medals in swimming on day three of the Tokyo Paralympic Games.

In the pool, defending champion Russell weathered the challenge of Russian Paralympic Committee rival Daria Pikalova to win the women’s S12 100m backstroke in 1: 08.44.

Reece Dunn went on to win her first Paralympic title with gold in the S14 men’s 200m freestyle final.

There were other British medals in the pool with Bethany Firth taking silver in the women’s S14 200m freestyle final behind Valeriia Shabalina of the Russian Paralympic Committee, while Jessica-Jane Applegate taking bronze. Stephen Clegg won the bronze medal in the S12 men’s 100m backstroke final.

Read the full recap of the day here:

Dylan terryAugust 27, 2021 13:47


The unofficial mascot of the GB team

Hazel Chaisty appears to have created a GB team mascot for the Paralympic Games. Absolutely brilliant stuff.

Dylan terryAugust 27, 2021 13:37


Jon-Allan Butterworth aims for more Paralympic snowboard success

Four-time Paralympic medalist Jon-Allan Butterworth relishes the danger and unpredictability after joining GB Snowsport’s world-class Para Snowsport program.

Butterworth, who won three silver medals in London 2012 and gold in Rio in 2016, retired from professional cycling in December of last year and was initially looking forward to snowboarding just for fun.

But the 35-year-old is now aiming for success in the Para Snowboard discipline at the 2026 Games in Italy after instantly rediscovering his love for competitive sport.

Dylan terryAugust 27, 2021 13:27


Broome on the powerlifting bronze

GB team powerlifter Olivia Broome responded by winning Paralympic bronze in Tokyo.

She said, “I am so happy. I couldn’t believe it when I got off the platform – I didn’t stop smiling.

“The elevator itself felt good. The opening on my personal best was a bit intimidating, but I’ve done it before, done it a few times and had to tell myself during the warm-up.

“It was like we practiced it in training. It was nervous but also exciting.

Dylan terryAugust 27, 2021 13:17


Spillway over 5,000 meters

David Weir was eighth in the first round of the men’s T54 5000m. This means that he is out of the competition and will not be in the final.

He will now turn to the 1500m and the marathon.

Dylan terryAug 27, 2021 1:07 PM


Dunn on the S14 men’s 200m backstroke gold medal

Here’s Reece Dunn’s reaction to winning gold and breaking her own world record in the S14 men’s 200 backstroke:

“Amazing – this is the one I trained for and put all my effort into and to break the world record too,” the Briton told Channel 4.

“I knew [Brazil’s Gabriel Bandeira] would be strong in that 50m back, so I put the pressure in the first 150m. I was sick.

“The first 150 meters were strong. Not bad with 12 weeks of post-Covid training.

Reece Dunn broke her own world record to win gold in the 200 backstroke

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Alex PattleAugust 27, 2021 12:23


What are the rules for wheelchair rugby?

Wheelchair rugby is expected to take center stage at the Tokyo Paralympic Games as one of the most unique sports on offer.

The Yoyogi National Stadium will host matches with eight nations split into two groups, with matches taking place August 25-29.

Learn everything you need to know about sports here:

Dylan terryAugust 27, 2021 12:00


British sprinter Lyle takes Paralympic bronze in 100m

Scottish sprinter Maria Lyle won Britain’s first Paralympic athletics medal at the Tokyo Games by winning bronze in the women’s T35 100m final.

The 21-year-old crossed the finish line with a season-best 14.18 seconds to finish third in the event for the second consecutive Games.

On the opening day of the track action in Japan, gold went to China’s Xia Zhou in 13 seconds, while Australia’s Isis Holt took silver, 0.13 seconds off pace.

Dylan terryAug 27, 2021 11:53 AM


“I was listening to gospel music”

Kadeena Cox has revealed that she listens to gospel music while preparing to win her Paralympic gold medal.

She told the Paralympics GB website: “It’s amazing. I knew I was going to have to do something special.

“I knew if I put together everything my coach and I had been working on it would be amazing and that’s what happened, so I’m so happy.

“I didn’t care what other people were doing, I just listened to my gospel music and just read my family’s messages and focus on that. I got up and did my own thing.

“I think today I did a race which was almost perfect and maybe I’ll go faster tomorrow [in the mixed team sprint] with the boys on either side of me.

Cox broke the C4-5 500m world record this morning with a time of 34.812 to beat Canada’s Kate O’Brien by more than a second.

Dylan terryAug 27, 2021 11:45 AM

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