Paralympics Rio Recap: Clegg completes double, Brasil beaten

Libby Clegg completed a sprint double at the Rio Paralympics as local Andre Brasil missed out on gold in the pool.

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Libby Clegg completed a sprint double at the Rio Paralympics as local Andre Brasil missed out on gold in the pool.

 

CLEGG CLINCHES DOUBLE

Brit Clegg completed the T11 sprint double, winning the women's 200 metres in a record time on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old came home in a Paralympic record of 24.51 seconds, beating Chinese pair Liu Cuiqing and Zhou Guohua.

It added to the 100m crown won earlier at the Games – having previously won silver twice over the distance in the T12.

BRASIL BEATEN IN RIO

Brasil was aiming to make it three straight golds in the men's 100m freestyle S10, but was beaten.

The 32-year-old Brazilian was pipped by Ukraine's Maksym Krypak (51.08secs), finishing 0.29secs behind in second.

Another local, Phelipe Rodrigues, ended up third.

Brasil had secured the crown in Beijing and London, but he could only take silver – adding to the bronze he won in the 100m butterfly S10.

QUOTES OF THE DAY

After becoming the oldest powerlifter to win gold at Rio 2016 at the age of 47 in the men's under 88kg, Mohammed Khalaf of the United Arab Emirates said: "I cannot express my feelings for winning another gold. This medal feels more special than Athens because in Rio I have been struggling a little with injury. I had put all my power into these Games and, thanks to God, I won. For me, my age is not important; it is the experience that makes the difference -  plus, after this victory, I feel younger than ever."

"It was very stupid. There was one brick missing on the road, I didn't see it and my front wheel got stuck and I fell out. I've fallen out a hundred times but never broken anything, but when "s**t happens it happens. At that time I thought, 'This is it, it's over', I was very depressed about it because wheelchair rugby was my life, but it turned out it was all for the better," - Belgian Peter Genyn talks about the accident which left him with a broken leg and forced him to swap wheelchair rugby for sprinting after winning gold in the men's 100m T51 final.

Croatian table tennis gold medallist Sandra Paovic, whose 2009 car accident ended her able-bodied career, won the women's singles class 6. She said: "I'm not a calm player who can look calm and play fantastic. I need to push myself to concentrate. I don't move really, they all move much better than me and this is an advantage for them. So I have to push myself to be somehow movable. This is not easy as I am the only one who has a spinal cord injury."

 

COMING UP

Former Formula One driver Alex Zanardi, who lost his legs after a crash in Germany in 2001, goes for gold in the men's time trial H5. Meanwhile, South African world champion Anrune Liebenberg is favourite to win the women's 400m T45/46/47.

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