So we’re three days into the Paralympics and already Team GB have racked up 35 medals; 9 golds, 15 silver and 11 bronzes (and we still haven’t had the evening athletics session yet!). Add to that moments of high drama, tears and dodgy refereeing decisions and London 2012 is shaping up to be an awesome Games. Team GB’s ladies have definitely been playing their part with some amazing performances in the velodrome, swimming pool, dressage arena and athletics track, the proof being in the pudding for these awesome ladies:
What happens when you retire from the pool after competing at 4 Paralympics where you won 16 medals, 5 of which were gold? Well if you’re Sarah Storey you move onto a bike and tear up the world of cycling. She’s still got the road races to go, but so far Sarah has already won her two track races the Ind. C4-5 500m Time Trial and the Women’s Ind. C5 Pursuit.
She was racing in her weaker event, but that didn’t stop Hannah Crockford from owning the track in the 100m T34 last night, smashing the field to win the race by a good second and a half. Originally a wheelchair basketball player, Hannah was spotted by Dr Ian Thompson (Baroness Grey-Thompson’s husband) and asked to try out for sprinting instead. A good spot by Dr Thompson some would say when last night Hannah became the first athlete to break a world record during London 2012 and the first Team GB member to win a gold medal in athletics for these Games too.
Before today all eyes were on Ian Pearson to ride his way into gold medal position in the dressage arena , however it was newby Natasha Baker how took that crown, scoring a fantastic 76.857 in the Individual Championship Test – Grade II. Natasha and her horse Cabral have worked together as a partnership since 2009 and although this was their first Paralympics, they didn’t let the nerves get to them as they took to the world stage.
You may have heard of this girl – you know, the one who, at 13 years old, won two gold medals in Beijing 2008? The one who’s face has been plastered all over every piece of Paralympic promotional material, but isn’t Oscar Pistorius? Yes that’s the one.
Coming into these games it could be safe to say that Ellie had the expectations of the entire country riding on her shoulders. It’s so easy to forget that although she is the defending champion and taking part in her second Games, she is only 17 years old. However on diving into the pool this evening for the S6 400m freestyle Ellie proved her stuff by providing one of the most exciting swims of the Games so far to reclaim her title. Swimming shoulder to shoulder with her rival, USA’s Victoria Arlen, the first 300m were too close to call, with Arlen scraping the lead at the turns. However in the last 50 m Ellie hit the accelerator, hitting the finish board +1.01 seconds in front, breaking the world record and adding to her gold medal collection. Amazing.
Images from 1) http://www.buxtonadvertiser.co.uk/webimage 2)http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog/2012/aug/31/london-paralympics-2012-day-two-live-blog 3)http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/paralympic-sport 4) http://www.london2012.com/paralympics/photos/latestpictures.html