Lee Pearson wins 12th gold as GB enjoys cycling and swimming success – World digital news and sports

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Lee Pearson won his 12th Paralympic title when Britain won five gold medals in four sports on day two of the Tokyo Paralympics.

The para-rider, who made his debut in Sydney in 2000, and his horse Breezer won the individual class II in front of teammate Georgia Wilson.

There was also joy for a trio of Paralympic debutants – cyclist Jaco van Gass and swimmers Tully Kearney and Maisie Summers-Newton, who all set world records on the way to gold medals.

And wheelchair fencer Piers Gilliver, silver medalist in Rio, did even better this time in the Epee A final.

Van Gass, 35, who was injured while serving with the paratrooper regiment in Afghanistan in 2009, defeated teammate Fin Graham in the C3 3,000m individual pursuit final.

Both drivers had broken the world record in qualifying for the finale, with Graham more than six seconds behind the previous mark before Van Gass lowered it by another two seconds.


A heartbreaking runner-up in Wednesday’s S5-200m freestyle final, Kearney made a brilliant recovery to take gold in the 100m freestyle, while Summers-Newton has a world-class field including defending champion Ellie Simmonds, defeated in the SM6-200-meter individual medley.

Gilliver takes revenge on China’s Sun Gang, who defeated him in the final four in Rio before beating Russian Paralympic Committee athlete Maxim Shaburov 15-9 in the playoff.

There was also silver for the cyclist Jody Cundy (C4-5 1000m time trial) and the tandem pair Aileen McGlynn and Helen Scott (B 1000m time trial), while wheelchair fencer Dimitri Coutya won bronze in the men’s epee B.

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“Emotional” Pearson continues his dominance

Pearson, with whose gold he overtook Baroness Tanni Gray-Thompson and former swimmer Dave Roberts in the British all-time list, has been a mainstay of the British team since his international debut in 1999.

Pearson on his proudest moment
He was born with arthrogryposis, which meant the muscles in his arms and legs grew as scar tissue in the womb.

The 47-year-old was visibly moved after his performance, which earned him 76.265%, with Austrian rival Pepo Puch impressing with 73.441 and Wilson on her debut with 72.765.

“I’m as emotional as the first – probably more,” he told Channel 4. “I don’t think I cried immediately after the greeting at the end of a test before.

“I saw Breezer as a mayfly in my parents’ field and to win a gold medal here with him as a loner – that is literally magical.


“He’s very educated and has been tied up and tense because he knew it was a special day. He didn’t let me down, but he stuck with me and I’m really proud of him.

“The judges love him now and I’ll take him to the levels with able-bodied people too. I’m just so happy that I have horses in my life. They give me their legs, I’m useless in dancing in real life, but we can dance here. “

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Kearney and Summers-Newton take their chance to shine
In the pool, Kearney showed great determination to recover from her 200-meter disappointment when she was overtaken by China’s Zhang Li in the final 10 meters.

The 25-year-old has overcome a number of health issues, including an ongoing shoulder problem, and paid special tribute to team physiotherapist Ritchie Barber for getting her started.

“I said yesterday my fitness was not what I wanted because of the injury,” she said.

“Today I felt bad warming up, I felt terrible in the heats. I was struggling to recover from yesterday and my shoulder was sore and I didn’t expect to be able to swim that fast.

“Nineteen days ago I was at the point where my shoulder got worse with every session and I couldn’t swim, it was too painful.


“I didn’t think I could make it here so the fact that I did it and then won is just insane. Ritchie spent so many hours getting ready and getting my shoulder in the state in which she is. ” now i can keep up.

“Without him I wouldn’t have made it to this point.”

Summers-Newton, who was inspired to swim when she saw Simmonds triumph in 2012, added Paralympic gold to her World Championship title, which she won in London in 2019.

The 19-year-old was fourth at halftime, but her strong sternum put her in the lead 50 meters from the end and held off Ukrainian Yelyzaveta Mereshko in a new world record of two minutes 56.90 seconds.

“I knew how much I wanted it and put it all into it,” she told Channel 4.

“When I saw how close they all were, I just thought, ‘Head down and let’s go’. I just can’t believe I have it.”

Van Gass makes Paralympic debut

South African-born Van Gass’s life changed when he was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, leaving him with a collapsed lung and other internal injuries, shrapnel wounds, and leg injuries, while he also lost his left arm at the elbow.

Since then, he’s been part of a record-breaking team of wounded soldiers who hiked to the North Pole, with Prince Harry accompanying part of the trip, winning gold at the Invictus Games, running multiple marathons, climbing mountains and becoming a skier.

Van Gass said his Paralympic gold was a dream come true.

“Right now, that’s the best thing I’ve ever done,” he said. “I’ve done some amazing things and they all have their difficulties and today was very tough.

“It’s a relief to finally be here and represent GB and win the grand prize.

“I am very happy with myself. We have to enjoy this moment, but in a few hours I have to reset, forget everything and start again tomorrow. We have other races in which we can do our best.” “


Van Gass driven by Afghanistan experience
Cundy set a Paralympic record in his C4 class but could only watch as Spain’s C5 driver Alfonso Caballo Llamas set a new world record and won gold.

The 42-year-old, who was a swimmer before his cycling career, is the first Briton to win a medal in seven games.

McGlynn and Scott, who won silver in London in 2012, only returned to training together 12 weeks ago.

“It’s amazing to do the time we spent as a team with a 2.5 second personal best,” said McGlynn. “We are so proud of what we have achieved.”

Elsewhere on the second day
Sophie Wells would like to build on the success of her UK teammate Pearson when she competes in the Grade V event at 2:20 pm BST, with competition being delayed due to hot conditions.

The British wheelchair basketball team started their campaign successfully with a 70:43 win over Algeria, but the women suffered their second straight defeat, losing 54:48 to Japan.

Powerlifter Zoe Newson missed a medal for the third time in a row when she finished fourth in the -41kg event.

In table tennis, Will Bayley scored two of two wins in class 7 with a 3-0 win over Chalermpong Punpoo of Thailand, while there were also wins for Joshua Stacey and Ashley Facey-Thompson (class 9), Jack Hunter-Spivey (class 5 ), Paul Karabardak (Grade 6), and Tom Matthews (Grade 1).

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