Paralympics Rio Recap: Cockroft's wins second gold, Storey success

Hannah Cockroft claimed her second gold medal at Rio 2016, while Sarah Storey won yet again at the Paralympics.

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Hannah Cockroft claimed her second gold medal at Rio 2016, while Sarah Storey won yet again at the Paralympics.

 

COCKROFT ON TRACK IN TRIPLE GOLD BID

'Hurricane Hannah' is aiming for three golds in Rio and she clinched the second of those in stunning fashion.

Cockroft took out the women's 400-metre T34 final in a world-record time of 58.78 seconds.

The Brit was a dominant winner ahead of American Alexa Halko and Kare Adenegan at the Olympic Stadium.

Cockroft added to her 100m title and now just needs the 800m crown on Friday to complete the treble.

 

ANOTHER GOLDEN CHAPTER FOR STOREY

Storey became Great Britain's most decorated female Paralympian when she won the C5 3000m individual pursuit final last Thursday and she claimed a 13th gold medal on the road six days later.

The 38-year-old successfully defended her time trial C5 title at Pontal, ensuring Poland's Anna Harkowska and American Samantha Bosco had to settle for silver and bronze respectively.

Storey's success came on a day in which Britain surpassed the tally of 34 golds they achieved in London four years ago, moving on to 43 with four days of competition to come.

'ARMLESS ARCHER' BEATEN

Matt Stutzman, a silver medallist in London, lost to Brazilian Andrey Muniz de Castro in the men's individual compound 1/8 elimination.

Stutzman developed a method of shooting involving holding the bow with his right foot and triggering the release with his jaw.

 

QUOTES OF THE DAY

Ex-Formula One driver Alex Zanardi after claiming his third Paralympic cycling gold medal in the time trial: "When you find yourself in a certain situation you have to identify where you want to go and focus on what you can achieve on that given day. Whether it is a small thing or big one, step by step you can make things happen.

"At the time I was asked if I would ever step back in a race car, but what was very important for me was to go into the bathroom and pee on my own, but I could not do that. I had to be helped. That was my number one priority. Day by day I managed to regain control and strength, regain some confidence and concentrate on different things and here I am now."

Cockroft may have won another gold, but not after some panic. She said: "We took the chair back on the bus so I could do some training in the village and unfortunately the bus driver fell over it and kind of bent my forks and my wheel the wrong way. I would have gone the wrong way round the track. Anything like that totally panics me."

Tennis singles and doubles gold medallist and former wheelchair basketball champion Dylan Alcott could barely believe his success. He said: "I was an insecure kid about my disability. Kids used to call me a cripple... I used to believe them. If you told me back then, when I was 12 and not wanting to go to school, that I'd be a triple Paralympic gold medallist at two sports, I would have said, 'Get stuffed'."

 

COMING UP

Dutch sprinter Marlou van Rhijn gets her chance at gold, aiming to defend the 200m T44 title she won in London. Sarah Rung, a two-time Paralympic gold medallist, is set to challenge for gold in the women's 200m individual medley SM5. 

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