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Victoria Pendleton at the Strictly Come Dancing launch
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Team GB and Team paralympicsGB 2012
(Source: Daily Mail)
Team GB and Team paralympicsGB 2012
(Source: Daily Mail)
Team GB ‘s Paralympic stamps pt.4
1)Team Para dressage
2)Helena Lucas - 2.4mR sailing
3)Sarah Storey - C 4-5 Individual Road Race
4)Josef Craig - S7 400m freestyle
5)David Weir - T54 800m
6)Hannah Cockroft - T34 200m
7)Jonnie Peacock - T44 100m
8)Josie pearson - F51/52/53 Discus
9)David stone - T 1-2 Mixed road race
10)David Weir - T54 marathon
Paralympics 2012 team GB’s success so far 6th September 2012 - 9th September 2012
1)Paralympics 2012: Great Britain secure two bronze in table tennis. Great Britain’s men and women both secured team table tennis bronze with victories over Germany and Italy. The women’s pair of Sara Head and Jane Campbell superbly battled back from two matches down to beat Italy 3-2 and secure class 1-3 bronze. Head and Campbell had to battle hard in a five-game thriller to secure bronze after both lost their opening games to Pamela Pezzutto and Michela Brunelli respectively. But Head responded to beat Brunelli 3-1, before Campbell followed it up to win in three games against Pezzutto before the British pair beat Pezzutto and Clara Podda 3-2 in the doubles to secure bronze. “To be down and to come back and win a Paralympic medal is just incredible. I don’t know what to say,” said Head.
2)Womens’s 4x100m relay team save dry day in the pool for ParalympicsGB . Great Britain’s women’s 4x100m 34-point relay team grabbed a stunning silver medal on an otherwise disappointing session for home swimmers in the Aquatics Centre. The quartet of Stephanie Millward, Claire Cashmore, Heather Frederiksen and Louise Watkin finished just three hundredths of a second behind winners Australia in a thrilling climax to the evening’s action. Britain were lying fourth at the last 100m but Watkin’s brilliant final 20m freestyle burst sealed the host nation’s only medal of the night, with the United States third. Watkin said: ‘I just wanted to finish that so badly and bring it back for the team.’ Earlier, Great Britain’s Sascha Kindred refused to be drawn on his retirement plans after being disqualified in what could be his last ever Paralympic race. The 34-year-old had been tipped to call time on his illustrious swimming career, having been competing for his country for 18 years and bagging 12 medals, including a silver in the SM6 individual medley at London 2012. But when asked about his plans after being disqualified in the S6 50m freestyle final, having finished fifth, Kindred – who won bronze in this event in Beijing four years ago, said: ‘That’s not a question I can answer right now. ‘I’ve still got something in me but it’s whether my body can take it. I can’t comment on my future now,’ Kindred, who has represented GB in every Games since Atlanta, speculated that his disqualification was related to his leg action. Andrew Mullen, 15, finished fourth in the S5 50m butterfly 40.04, having ducked under his own British record to qualify earlier in the day. James Clegg, who won bronze in the 100m butterfly S12, finished sixth in the men’s 50m freestyle S12 while Hannah Russell just missed a podium place with fourth in a new personal best of 28.07 in the women’s S12 50m freestyle.
3)Cyclist David Stone wins gold in another boost to Britain’s record-breaking Paralympic medal haul. The 30-year-old successfully defended his Paralympic Games title with victory in the mixed T1-2 road race at Brands Hatch. He was left disappointed with bronze on Wednesday after relinquishing his time-trial title . But Stone - who has cerebral palsy and rides a tricycle - bounced back in the 24-kilometre road race to win his third Paralympic gold medal Great Britain’s Paralympians go into the final weekend of a stunning games having won a record number of medals in front of packed-out stadiums. Britain’s Paralympic team have yet another medal to add to their record-breaking haul after cyclist David Stone took gold this morning. The 30-year-old successfully defended his Paralympic Games title with victory in the mixed T1-2 road race at Brands Hatch. He was left disappointed with bronze on Wednesday after relinquishing his time-trial title. But Stone, who has cerebral palsy and rides a tricycle, bounced back in the 24-kilometre road race to win his third Paralympic gold medal, seven seconds ahead of Italy’s Giorgio Farroni. David Vondracek of the Czech Republic was three minutes 17 seconds behind in third. Great Britain’s Paralympians go into the final weekend of a stunning games having won a record number of medals in front of packed-out stadiums and unprecedented TV audiences.
4)Paralympics 2012: David Smith settles for silver in boccia BC1 final. Great Britain’s David Smith was outplayed in an absorbing BC1 individual final, losing 7-0 to Thailand’s Pattaya Tadtong. Smith opened up several promising positions, but Tadtong’s power and precision prevented him converting them into a serious challenge.After Smith had slipped 3-0 down by the halfway point, the difference doubled in the third end.And Smith, unable to stage a comeback, had to settle for silver. “What meant more to me was not the medal, but my own performance and showing the world that I am a great Boccia player. I think I proved that,” Smith told BBC Sport. “On the day he was able to get down the court a bit easier and his blasting was awesome. “I couldn’t quite match that because I am a little bit more restricted than he is.”The way he throws is very smooth and fluid. It is rare for a BC1 to have that so he takes full advantage of that and fair play to him.”The 23-year-old was part of the British quartet beaten 18-1 by Tadtong’s Thailand in the semi-finals of the team event. Captain Nigel Murray had backed Smith to take revenge in the individual event, but it proved beyond him as Tadtong consistently found the shots to control the area around the jack. After sealing the final six-throw end 1-0 to complete a shut-out of Smith on the scoreboard and collect his second gold of the Games, Tadtong celebrated out of his chair on the court to a deserved standing ovation from a packed ExCeL. In the BC4 bronze final earlier in the day, Smith’s compatriot Stephen McGuire was also well beaten as Brazil’s Eliseu dos Santos wrapped up the final spot on the podium with a 5-3 win. It was the second fourth-place finish for McGuire who, together with brother Peter, lost 8-2 to Canada in the BC4 pairs bronze-medal match. McGuire, who won world championship silver in 2010, lost the second of the four six-throw ends 4-0 to slip 5-0 adrift at the halfway point. He registered on the scoreboard for the first time by winning the third 1-0, but, despite throwing the jack deep to the back of the court to create a long-range finale, he fell just short of an unlikely comeback.
5)Paralympics 2012: Harriet Lee overcomes troubled build-up to finish Games with swimming bronze . Four months ago Harriet Lee was in an intensive care unit with her Paralympic hopes hanging in the balance but now she has completed the final stage of her recovery by standing on the podium with a bronze medal around her neck. The 21-year-old, who has Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome, touched the wall for 1min 19.53sec to lower her own British record set in the morning’s SB9 100m breaststroke heats and finish less than two-tenths of a second ahead of Russian Nina Ryabova. She was in tears after the race, overcome with emotion having beaten every obstacle placed in her way. Medal chances had evaded her earlier in theGames but with her last shot she snatched the most deserving of triumphs. “It’s been a hard slog to get here and to finish off the year with a medal is quite emotional,” said Lee. “Four months ago I thought I wasn’t going to be here. I wasn’t meant to be walking, let alone swimming so to be able to get here and win a medal is an amazing feeling.
“After I left the intensive care unit I was told I wouldn’t even get to London. I wanted to prove everyone wrong, show them I could get here and prove that I’m made of harder stuff than they seemed to think I was.” Lying unconscious on a hospital bed four months out from the biggest swimming meeting of your life must rank as the worst imaginable preparation. But she beat it. Having made it to the Games, Lee then fell ill after the first day of the competition. But she beat that too. Five months ago when Sebastian Coe unveiled the slogan ‘Inspire a Generation’ few beyond the London organising committee’s communication team thought much of it. But day after day it has been proven more appropriate. Lee’s personal story of triumph over adversity could motivate even the most downbeat and defeated character. ‘Inspire a generation’ was already taken, so what was the aspiring massage therapist’s proverb for the summer? “Never give up,” she said. “When people put you down just fight back and keep on fighting. That’s what I’ve done this year. “Even this week has not been the best. I was ill after the individual medley on the first night and I had to fight really hard to just get to the blocks today. It’s never-ending for me at the moment. It’s continuous. But I’ll keep fighting.”The race was a cracker. Lee and New Zealander Sophie Pascoe, who finished second for her sixth medal in London, both turned at the halfway mark in joint third. But then it exploded. Eventual winner Khrystyna Yurchenko of Ukraine became locked in a head-to-head for first place and Lee began a duel of her own with Ryabova. The Huntingdon-born athlete held off the Russian to finish in third. She was a way off the top two but after the year she has had it was about a medal and nothing more. “I had no idea where anybody was apart from the Ukrainian girl. It was a real slog to just get to the wall and touch for third,” said Lee. “The heats in the morning gave me confidence going in. It’s always good to know where I am with my swimming because it’s been a really rocky year. I had no idea where my form was or how fast I was going to go so the heats gave me the confidence to go through and win a medal. “Rio’s not out of the question. I just need my body to deal with my fever and I’ve got a couple of months now to try and get that sorted. I’ll go and fight.”
6)Paralympics 2012: Ellie Simmonds wins fourth medal of London Paralympics with 100m freestyle silver behind Victoria Arlen So many fairytales have been weaved at these matchless Paralympic Games that it did not seem too much to ask for just one final outlandish story to be penned by the girl who has become one of Britain’s most beloved sports personalities. Alas, though, Ellie Simmonds could not quite cap her stellar Games with that last golden flourish. Overflowing with emotion and moving faster in the water than ever, the teenage swimming phenomenon produced another one of those extraordinary thrashing and smashing swims at the Aquatics Center, the venue which has become her kingdom, to break the European S6 100m freestyle record, but it was not quite enough to add a third gold of the week to her burgeoning collection. Unlike a week earlier when she had splashed down the final freestyle length to win the 400m S6 crown in an epic duel with Victoria Arlen and then dissolved into tears of joy, this time she was left beaming even though she had to settle for the silver behind the comprehensive world record-breaking victor, Arlen. The great thing about Ellie, and the reason a nation has fallen for her all over again, is that with her smile of half-wonder and half-bemusement she really does look as if she is living the time of life. “And I have. I don’t want it all to end,” she beamed afterwards. “But it is ending.”Well, for the moment it is but the good news is that, afterwards, Ellie confirmed that it was upwards and onwards to Rio de Janeiro in 2016 where she plans to add to the growing legend of the schoolgirl who has landed four gold medals before she has even finished her A-levels.Her 2012 odyssey all ended with Ellie having absolutely no reason to reproach herself. The Walsall youngster is such a determined competititor, a natural-born winner with that 4ft 1in frame housing the biggest heart, that there was bound to be a sense of anti-climax for her that she could not successfully defend the second of the titles she won in Beijing. Yet she could end up looking back on another ground-breaking week’s work, what with a gold in the race she most wanted to win, the 400m free S6, another in the one she trained hardest for, the 200m individual medley SM6, and a bronze in the one which represented her mission impossible, the 50m free S6.Throw in three world records, a European record and the further acclamation of the British public now that they had seen the 13-year-old, two-gold superstar of Beijing blossom into the 17-year-old four-gold queen of London, and there was no reason for Simmonds to feel the remotest bit disheartened. In her eighth and final race of a physically and emotionally draining week, there was no way she should have been expected to come out on top in a contest which was really Arlen’s domain. This was very different to a week earlier when the American had been thrown into the 400m duel with Simmonds with her equilibrium having been shattered after the controversy over her eligibility to compete.She had had to endure turmoil as the debate swirled over whether her impairment — she was left paralysed six years ago by Lyme Disease — was deemed severe enough for her to qualify for the S6 category. When she was finally given the go ahead, she met a ferociously determined opponent in Simmonds who was just not going to be denied over the last length of the eight-length event.By a week later, the roles had changed. Arlen was now the hunter, frustrated that she had been unable to win the 50m freestyle crown in midweek and now determined that her long classical front crawl would pilot her to victory in the 100m, an event at which she had already set a new world record in June. Arlen’s statement on Saturday was made swiftly when, straight after Simmonds had won her heat in the morning, she plunged in to equal her world record of 1min 14.74sec and suggested she could go quicker in the final. Simmonds knew she would have to swim quicker than ever before even to get close and she did not herself down. Arlen, though, has a major advantage at the start of the race, able to ease into her long, slow efficient stroke quicker than an opponent who is 18 inches smaller than her. In the longer event, Simmonds can neutralise this but not over two lengths of sprinting. By the time the pair had settled into their swimming, Arlen was already a length clear and though Simmonds, lying fourth at the turn, was able to overhaul Germany’s Tanja Groepper and China’s Lingling Song, there was no way of clawing back the inspired Arlen, who took her record down to 1min 13.33sec. Yet Simmonds herself took over a second off her own best with her time of 1min 14.82sec, which is a measure of how she always seems to drag the best out of herself when it matters most. Her fan club can see that champion’s quality in Simmonds. She will not come away from these Games as the most bemedalled British athlete here and maybe not the most talked about either, but as the roar of genuine adoration for her reverberated around the Aquatics Centre, you still remembered who was the most popular British Paralympian of all. Ellie was a nation’s star once again.
7)David Weir captures fourth Paralympics 2012 victory. David Weir made it four wins from four events at London 2012 as he burned off Marcel Hug to win the T54 marathon in front of an ecstatic crowd on the Mall. The 33-year-old’s triumph, after 5,000m, 1500m and 800m victories, means he matches Sarah Storey as Britain’s most successful athlete at the Games. It may be a victorious farewell for Weir who has suggested he might retire. In the women’s race ParalympicsGB’s final medal hope Shelly Woods won silver after three track defeats. Woods’ second-placed finish behind American Shirley Reilly means Great Britain have collected 120 medals - 17 more than their pre-Games target - and will finish third in the medal table.
8)Britain settle for third place in medal table after Woods wins marathon silver. Shelly Woods added to the final-day success for the hosts when she took silver in the women’s wheelchair marathon. Coming into the home straight in a breakaway group of four, she held off Sandra Graf of Switzerland, who took bronze, and Amanda McGrory of the United States to claim her first medal of the Games at the last attempt. American Shirley Reilly had just too much for Woods to catch and won in 1hr 46mins 33secs, a second ahead of the Briton. Woods’ silver meant Britain would have to settle for third place in the overall medals table behind China and Russia. Woods told Channel 4: ‘I can’t describe how great it feels. That was such a hard race, probably the hardest marathon I’ve done in my life. ‘It’s been such a tough week physically and mentally but I still had the speed for the finish in the marathon. ‘To sprint after 26 miles, it hurts. It hurt like crazy but I wanted it so bad and all the hurt is worth it now. ‘I was fourth in marathon in Beijing and silver in the marathon in London is great, it’s just amazing.’
Paralympics 2012 team GB’s success so far 6th September 2012 - 7th September 2012
1)Abidogun thanks fans after clinching bronze. Ola Abidogun was surprisingly unsatisfied with his performance inside the Olympic Stadium tonight, but thanked the packed British crowd for roaring him on to Paralympic bronze. The T46 100 metres runner was slow out of the blocks and his medal chance appeared to have gone as the leaders pulled clear. But a late burst in the final 20m saw Abidogun clock 11.23 seconds - taking third spot by 0.08 seconds. Chinese athlete Xu Zhao won gold in 11.05 - the same mark as Abidogun’s personal best, leaving the Ilford-born sprinter pondering a higher place on the podium. “I wouldn’t call my performance fantastic. It was average, considering my PB is a lot quicker,” he said. “I got a poor start. Considering I’m only 19 to get a medal at all is a great achievement and I’m happy that I’ve been here. “This is London, this is where I grew up. Despite the fact I don’t live here any more I think of it as home and the crowd as part of my family. “The crowd spurred me on during the race. They made me feel I had what it took to win a medal.”
2)CHEST OF GOLD FOR DAVID WEIR.David Weir, the wheelchair racer supreme, took his third gold medal of the week, in the 800metres, and now has the marathon dangling in front of him on Sunday for a fabulous climax to these Paralympic Games. On a night when Britain topped the 102 medals they won in Beijing, Jonnie Peacock, the 19-year-old sprint sensation, won the bill-topping battle over 100m, beating the world’s most famous Paralympian Oscar Pistorius into fourth place. Hannah Cockroft, the bubbly 20-year-old from Halifax, delighted the 80,000 crowd with her second gold in a week by winning the 200m as convincingly as she did the 100m in her wheelchair. But it was the ‘Weir-wolf’ – as he has been nicknamed by his team-mates – who is defining these Games with his muscular feats in his racing chariot that had crossed the line first in the 5000m, the 1500m and last night in the 800m. When the wolf howled in the back straight, the rest of the field shuddered and there was no catching him. Dan Greaves even took time out from his discus competition to come to the edge of the track and shout encouragement at Weir, such is the regard this 33-year-old Londoner is held in by the British squad.
3)Jonnie Peacock hails London support after claiming 100m Paralympic gold for Great Britain.Jonnie Peacock has hailed the home support that roared him to victory in the men’s T44 sprint final, even though he had to quieten them down before the race began. Peacock, 19, left his rivals, including Oscar Pistorius, trailing in his wake as he stormed to 100 metres gold in a Paralympic record 10.90 seconds at the Olympic Stadium. British fans, on a high after David Weir’s third gold of the Games in the men’s T54 800m, chanted Peacock’s name before his race and the Cambridge sprinter had to call for quiet before the finalists went into their blocks. Recalling the pre-race bedlam, Peacock said: “That was absolutely mad. I knew Dave Weir would win before I went out and that the crowd would be on such a high but I didn’t expect it would be as mad as it was. They were cheering so loud.”I went out there and thought ‘I’m not going to block out the crowd, it’s impossible’. Also, at the end of the day, I wanted to enjoy it. I’m so proud to be British and I do think the crowd has made these Paralympics. It will stay with me forever. “I enjoyed it but then it’s business time. We’re professional athletes and you’ve got to be quiet for the set. I thought, ‘I need to quieten them down, I didn’t want to put anyone (the other finalists) off’. If you have to tell them to be quiet you have to tell them to be quiet.” Pistorius was quick to congratulate Peacock immediately after the race.”It’s a bit of a blur,” said Peacock. “All I remember is crossing the line thinking ‘I’ve won’ and then thinking ‘have I won?’ Then it came up on the board. I was so pleased and I just gave him (Pistorius) a big hug. He said ‘I told you you’d do it’.Peacock managed to keep calm before the race despite the noisy backing and the faulty start by Brazilian Alan Fonteles Oliveira. “I felt so prepared for these Games that it’s the first time I’ve entered a race and not felt nervous. “I asked my coach - ‘where are the nerves?’ I think it was because I felt so prepared. Everything I’d done all year was leading up to last night.”
4)Silver Paralympics medal for Dan Greaves. Dan Greaves has won a silver medal in the discus at the Paralympics. The Loughborough athlete took second place in the F44 discus with a throw of 59.01m behind the USA’s Jeremy Campbell, who broke the Paralympic record with a throw of 60.05m. Earlier in the competition, Greaves found time to celebrate Jonnie Peacock’s 100m sprint final gold, hugging the athlete during his lap of honour. He also cheered his room mate David Weir on as he won gold in the 800m T54 final. Greaves, 29, won gold medals in the 2000 Sydney Games and 2004 Athens Games and bronze in Beijing four years ago and has talapeze feet, also known as clubfeet. Earlier this evening Stef Reid, who trains at Loughbrough University, finished fourth in the T44 200m.
5)Mor’s merrier. Rachel Morris completed an amazing comeback from a crash which almost forced her out of the Paralympics by winning H1-3 road race bronze.But spoilsport officials refused to let Morris share the medal with team-mate and training partner Karen Darke after the pair crossed the line holding hands. Beijing gold medallist Morris, who suffered shoulder injuries and whiplash after a collision with a car during a race in Surrey just nine week ago, said: “It’s been quite emotional the last few weeks. “This year has been a bit tough and Karen has been amazing, so to go across the line together felt really right. “I’ve not had the best lead-in to these Games so this bronze medal means more than gold. It just means everything to me.” Handcyclist Morris confirmed she would take part in the Games only 10 days ago because she had to recover from the accident. She and Darke were not allowed to share the third space on the podium because officials studied the photo finish and ruled Morris had finished ahead of her team-mate. But the medal took Paralympics GB’s total in cycling to 21, beating the 20 won in Beijing despite there being fewer track events at London 2012. Darke, 41, who won silver in the time trial, said: “We’ve worked so hard together over the last few years, we couldn’t bear the thought of pipping each other to the line. “It wasn’t that one of us was stronger than the other, so we just thought, ‘Let’s do it, let’s grab our hands at 50m and go.’” The 48km race was won by the USA’s Marianna Davis, with fellow American Monica Bascio in second place after the pair broke away from the field before the half-way point.
6)Paralympics: Josie Pearson’s gold and world record joy. Paralympics F51 discus champion Josie Pearson says she is ecstatic at winning gold at the London 2012 Games with a world record 6.8m throw.The 26-year-old from Hay-on-Wye, Powys, suffered spinal injuries in a car crash in 2003 which killed her boyfriend. Pearson, who played wheelchair rugby in the last Paralympics said: “This is the culmination of so many years’ hard work. The surgeon who has helped Pearson also spoke of his pride in her win. Prof Wagih el Masri, a consultant surgeon in spinal injuries at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry, said: “I would just like to congratulate Josie Pearson. By winning this gold medal, she has given us the reward for looking after her” “It’s a fantastic achievement. I am delighted and I’m sure she will understand that my team in Oswestry and I are very proud of her. “By winning this gold medal, she has given us the reward for looking after her.” Pearson, who was a keen horse rider, was 17 when she and four friends were involved in a car crash while on the way to Newport. The car, being driven by her boyfriend, was involved in a head-on collision while overtaking and Pearson, who was not wearing a seat belt, broke her neck. Prof el Masri added: “It was a privilege to be asked to look after her when she was first injured and we are still looking after her to this day. “We always encourage our patients to participate and compete in sport if they want to. It’s part of the treatment.
7)Shuker and Whiley claim tennis bronze. For the crowd basking in the sunshine, it was a lovely way to spend an afternoon. But Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley toiled for more than three hours before finally earning a bronze medal in the women’s wheelchair tennis doubles. Perhaps still suffering from the effects of their tear-stained semi-final defeat the previous day, the British pair found themselves a set and 3-0 down against their Thai opponents Sakhorn Khanthasit and Ratana Techamaneewat. Shuker then had to save two match points on her serve at 5-6 before she and Whiley took the second set on a tie-break and then clinched bronze by winning the third 6-3. Whiley, 20, said: “At a set and 3-0 down, I wasn’t there. I knew I needed to snap out of it and I’m so proud of myself that I did. “Being match points down was really scary for us. We are ranked third. “We have lived up to our seeding now but we didn’t want to come off that court knowing that we hadn’t and that we had let people down. “But there was not a doubt in my mind even at match point. “I thought on court, ‘Oh my God, if I go home without a medal, how am I going to feel?’ “I didn’t like the feeling, so we turned it around.” Like Whiley, Shuker admitted the pain of semi-final defeat by Dutch pair Aniek Van Koot and Jiske Griffioen was still raw. Shuker, 32, said: “To lose the match yesterday, I was pretty devastated. “Even this morning I woke up and I was still close to tears at times. “We managed to come through and win the bronze. It’s better to go away with a medal than nothing.” The Thais made the Brits work hard for their victory, getting a lot of balls back into play and tempting their opponents into errors with their defensive tactics. When Whiley lost her serve in the third game of the deciding set, the match seemed to be slipping away again. But the Brits broke back immediately and then teed Shuker up to serve at 5-3. After an afternoon of long rallies, bronze was secured with an ace. “Boom-time,” said Shuker. “I’m well happy to finish like that.”
8)Bronze for ParalympicsGB’s men’s table tennis team. Ross Wilson, Aaron McKibbin and William Bayley have secured a 3-0 victory over Germany winning them bronze in the men’s team table tennis 6-8 class.