I’m not sure where to begin, but after four days away getting to see the paralympics in person its time to catch up and celebrate all the amazing women who brought home the gold for Team GB over the last few days.
First up, the amazing Sarah Storey. Already gaining two golds in the velodrome, Sarah’s Paralympic campaign headed to the roads of Brands Hatch for the C5 Time Trial and C4-5 Road Race. Could it be possible to double her gold medal haul and come home with all four gold medals? Yes, yes it could. The C5 Time trial was won in a time of 22:40.66 mins, 2 minutes faster than Silver medallist Poland’s Anna Harkowska who also came second to Storey in the C4-5 Road Race. Her 1:47:58 couldn’t reach Storey’s 1:40:36 as she took the lead of the race from the beginning, coming through first at every time-gate to take her 4th and final gold at these Games and 11th gold medal overall, making her the most decorated Paralympian ever. An awesome achievement for an awesome athlete!
Bringing home Team GB’s first Paralympic sailing gold medal and making a stand against the boys in the Mixed Single Person Keelboat, Helena Lucas finished 9 points ahead of her nearest rival. Although the race is a mixed category Helena was the only woman in the fleet, something that definitely didn’t phase the three times world champion. Being born with a defect in her thumbs, Helena had originally raced in able body categories, campaigning for Team GB places in the Sydney and Athens Olympics before turning her attention to Paralympics. Before Wednesday Helena’s greatest moment was filling in for a Yngling crew member and winning silver in the Beijing 2008 Olympic test event, however we’re pretty sure this gold medal may have replaced that now!
The girl with the greatest laugh ever sprinted home in her favourite event to take her second gold of the games in the T34 200m. As part of ‘Thriller Thursday’, Hannah’s second gold medal was part of an evening of GB medals, winning in front of a hyped audience of 80,000 people who cheered home her, Johnnie Peacock and David Weir. Hannah took gold in an amazing time of 31.40 to set a new paralympic record, beating silver medallist Amy Siemons by nearly 2.5 seconds. Well done that girl and a brilliant first Paralympic Games!
Already claiming the title of the first woman to represent her country in wheelchair rugby in the 2008 Beijing Games, Josie changed her focus and qualified for London 2012 in the Discus and Club. Originally a keen show jumper, Josie was involved in a car crash in 2003 that left her paralysed with the use of her arms and hands and ruled out the chance of getting back into equestrianism. However the choice of turning her attentions to athletics instead of wheelchair rugby was proved a brilliant one on Friday when she took gold in the discus and set a new world record of 1122 point and 6.58m!
WELL DONE GIRLS!
Images from 1)http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/paralympic-sport 2)http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/disability-sport/19493574 3) http://www.sportinglife.com/other-sports 4) http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012