Table tennis star Will Bayley reached his second final of the Tokyo Games by qualifying for the gold medal match in the class 6-7 men’s team event alongside Paul Karabardak.
The British pair were forced to come back from behind on Wednesday night after losing 3-2 in their doubles match with Spaniards Jordi Morales and Alvaro Valera.
Former Strictly Come Dancing competitor Bayley, who had to settle for silver in class seven in singles Sunday, went on to beat world champion Morales 3-0, while class six bronze medalist in singles Karabardak defeated world number one Alvaro Valera 3-2.
Bayley and Karabardak compete as a duet in the event after teammate David Wetherill was deselected last week following an unspecified violation of team rules. They will face China in the final on Friday.
âPaul plays the way he is and the way he played in singles, I had no doubt he could beat Valera, but the way he beat him – he’s a legend,â Bayley said.
“I feel like I’m playing in my best form and I believe we can beat anyone.”
There were also two bronze medals for Great Britain at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium after two 2-0 semi-final losses to China.
Sue Bailey and Megan Shackleton collected medals in the women’s class 4-5 following a similar result for the men’s class eight team of Aaron McKibbin, Billy Shilton and Ross Wilson.
Visually impaired swimmer Rebecca Redfern won a sensational silver medal in the SB13 women’s 100m breaststroke at the Tokyo Aquatics Center.
Fourteen months after giving birth to her son Patrick, the 21-year-old clocked a time of 1: 14.10, her best time since second on the podium in Rio.
âTokyo has always been the goal, and then when I got pregnant it wasn’t the goal anymore,â said Redfern, who was 0.64 seconds behind German gold medalist Elena Krawzow.
âNow this is my dream and it has come true – and I’m really, really happy.
âI just want to give Patrick a hug. I missed him so much, it was so hard to be away but I know he is proud of me.
At the Olympic Stadium, Scottish wheelchair runner Sami Kinghorn won bronze in the T53 100m.
Kinghorn, who remained paralyzed in her legs at the age of 14 after being accidentally run over by a forklift driven by her father, finished in 16.53 seconds, behind China’s Gao Fang (16.29) and Zhou Hongzhuan (16.48).
“To be able to call myself a bronze medalist knowing that there were times in the race where I could certainly have done better is huge for me because I know that there are only three years left in Paris and I know that I can get stronger, âsaid the 25 -Age.
“Coming fifth in Rio, third now, hopefully that line keeps going up and up.”
Earlier, British archer Victoria Rumary won bronze in her Paralympic debut in the women’s W1 individual event.
After beating Brazil’s Rejane Candida Da Silva and Italy’s Asia Pellizzari, the 33-year-old was denied progress to the gold medal match with a 127-107 loss to Czech Sarka Musilova.
Rumary recovered from the setback to take the last step of the podium at Yumenoshima Final Field with a 131-123 victory over American Lia Coryell.
Elsewhere, Britain’s men reached the semifinals in wheelchair basketball with a 66-52 victory over Canada.
Gaz Choudhry’s 21 points have helped set up a meeting in the last four games with hosts Japan.