Sarah Storey: I want to be the best version of me at Paralympics
Great Britain’s Dame Sarah Storey made history on day nine of the Paralympics by winning a 17th Paralympic gold medal to become the country’s outright most successful para athlete of all time.
Storey had trailed veteran German Kerstin Brachtendorf by 75 seconds at one stage of the C4-5 road race at the rain-soaked Fuji International Speedway but underlined her class to snatch glory.
The 43-year-old – whose first five golds came in the pool, beginning at Barcelona ’92 – has now won all 13 bike events entered dating back to her Games debut on two wheels in Beijing in 2008.
Elsewhere, swimming legend Ellie Simmonds has announced her retirement from Paralympic Games after she finished fifth in the S6 400m freestyle. “I think that is my last competition,” she said after the race. “To go to four Paralympic games, including a home games and to come away with eight Paralympic medals and being part of that Paralympic movement as well. So I think for me, yes, this is going to be my last.” Follow all the latest updates from Tokyo:
Tokyo paralympics 2020: day nine
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F64 discus underway!
The F64 discus final has started and GB’s Dan Greaves competes.
He has so far posted a throw of 51.79m to be in fourth place with the USA’s Jeremy Campbell leading the field with 60.22m.
There’s a long way to go in this one yet and so Greaves has the opportunity to medal.
Sarah Rendell2 September 2021 11:24
Simmonds disqualification overturned!
Amazing news for Ellie Simmonds as her disqualification has been overturned!
Her final race at the Paralympics sees her finish fifth, great news for one of ParalympicsGB’s best.
Sarah Rendell2 September 2021 11:12
Simmonds appealing disqualification
GB’s Ellie Simmonds is understood to be appealing her disqualification from the S6 400m freestyle.
The reasons behind her disqualification, after she finished fifth in the race, have not become clear but the ending to this Games will be heart-breaking for the star if the appeal isn’t successful as she seemingly announced her retirement.
Read the full story as we know it so far here:
Sarah Rendell2 September 2021 11:11
Athletics events up next…
The last few hours may have been dominated by the pool but we now take a focus in the athletics.
GB’s Dan Greaves is in the F64 discus final from 11.04am BST with rolling updates to come.
Sammi Kinghorn is in T53 400m final at 11.41am BST and Dan Pembroke is in the F13 javelin final at 12.26am BST.
Sarah Rendell2 September 2021 11:00
GB take first set in wheelchair women’s doubles tennis
ParalympicsGB’s Jordanne Whiley and Lucy Shuker have played brilliantly to take the first set in the women’s doubles 6-4.
China’s Zhenzhen Zhu and Ziying Wang came back to 5-4 in the set but couldn’t do enough to claim the first set!
Sarah Rendell2 September 2021 10:51
Dunn ‘pleased’ with Tokyo performance
Reece Dunn has spoken after winning bronze in the men’s S14 100m backstroke, saying he is ‘pleased’ with his performances in Tokyo.
He has also set world records and won three golds.
Dunn told Channel 4: “I’m very pleased. I think I equalled my personal best as well. It’s been a long two weeks. I’m a bit tired but a it’s been a solid week.
“I couldn’t really see anything – just the ceiling! With the ceiling being so high, it felt like the race went on forever. It’s my birthday in two weeks’ time, and my girlfriend’s too, so it’ll be a big celebration.”
Sarah Rendell2 September 2021 10:46
Wheelchair tennis update
This women’s double semi-final is a close match as GB’s Jordanne Whiley and Lucy Shuker lead China’s Zhenzhen Zhu and Ziying Wang 5-4 in the first set.
GB are now serving and could put themselves a set up in their pursuit for the gold medal match.
Sarah Rendell2 September 2021 10:36
Firth speaks about her triple
GB’s Bethany Firth’s has spoken about her amazing feat of the hat-trick in the women’s S14 100m backstroke.
She told Channel 4: “I really wanted that race so bad. I got it in London and Rio and I’m so pleased.
“I always say nothing is impossible with God. Coming into this I wanted to show what you can do.
“In sport people only care if you come gold or silver but everyone here has made a Paralympics. That is what is should be about, not the medals.”
Sarah Rendell2 September 2021 10:25
Bethany Firth wins gold in women’s S14 100 backstroke
Bethany Firth has won gold in the women’s S14 100 backstroke to claim a hat-trick in the event.
She won gold in London and Rio as well. Her teammate Jessica-Jane Applegate took bronze with RPC’s Valeriia Shabalina with silver.
It was an amazing start by Firth who had the lead in the opening 50m and she did enough to keep her position to claim gold!
Sarah Rendell2 September 2021 10:16
Hance wins men’s S14 100m backstroke
Australia’s Ben Hance has set a new Paralympic record in the men’s S14 100m backstroke with a 57.73 seconds time.
The entire field had a great start but Hance had the lead in the 100m. GB’s Reece Dunn was chasing him down but couldn’t do enough to claim the gold.
RPC’s Viacheslav Emeliantsev took silver and Dunn claimed bronze.
GB’s Jordan Catchpole came fourth and Louis Lawlor came eighth.
Sarah Rendell2 September 2021 10:10