In another fantastic day at the Paralympics Britain overhauled Australia to move into second in the medals count with 16 golds. Having won seven gold medals on Sunday they’re now two ahead of Australia but a massive 19 behind China who now have 35 gold medals.
Aled Davies F42 Men’s Discus
Having won bronze in the shot put on Friday, Aled proved he’s one of the best throwers in the Olympic village with a gold medal win in the men’s discus. Having a third round distance of 45.37m and having already been assured of gold before his final throw Aled could have been excused relaxing. Superb athlete that he is, he did just the opposite with a mammoth throw of 46.14m breaking the European record into the bargain.
Residents of Aled’s hometown of Bridgend will be able to buy the stamps at the Post Office in Mill Street, Pontypridd from Tuesday as well as 500 other Post Offices around the country. The post box in Gentle Way, Bridgend will turn gold tomorrow to celebrate this fantastic Paralympian.
Pam Relph, Naomi Riches, David Smith, James Roe and cox Lily van den Broecke Mixed Coxed Four LTAMix4+
The gold paint cans will be opened all around the UK celebrating the winners with gold pillar boxes. You’ll find Pamela Relph’s in Weston Turville, Naomi Riches’ in Marlow, David Smith’s in Aviemore, James Roe’s in Stratford upon Avon and Lily van den Broecke’s in Oxford.
Anthony Kappes and Craig MacLean Cycling Men’s B Sprint
What better way to ensure a gold medal for Britain than for both the teams in the final to be from the Paralympics GB team? That’s what we had the in the Men’s B Sprint where Anthony Kappes and Craig MacLean out-pedaled Neil Fachie and his pilot Barney Storey who had to settle for silver today, although they won gold on Saturday in the 1Km time trial.
Anthony’s home town of Stockport and Craig’s home town of Grantown-on-Spey will get gold post boxes and of course a gold medal stamp celebrates their win.
Jessica-Jane Applegate Women’s 200m S14 Freestyle
Jessica-Jane Applegate who’s only just turned 16 was laying fourth at the halfway stage of the race had only worked her way up to the bronze medal position with 50m to go. She then stormed down the last length to overtake the field and win gold.
Jessica-Jane’s hometown of Great Yarmouth will be one of 500 Post Offices selling her stamp by the end of the week and of course she’ll be getting a gold pillar box also in Great Yarmouth.
Sophie Christiansen Equestrian Individual Championship Test Ia
On the magnificent Janeiro 6, Sophie Christiansen was first to ride in the dressage today. She then had a long wait whilst 13 other competitors rode but ultimately her score of 82.750 was simply unbeatable. It showed in her delight as soon as she’d finished, but she still had to wait for the other riders until the result was confirmed.
Sophie’s gold medal stamp will be on sale next week and she’ll also be getting a gold pillar box in Maidenhead.
Lee Pearson, Sophie Wells, Sophie Christiansen and Deborah Criddle Equestrian Team Championship
Sophie Christiansen’s win was actually a double gold celebration as it clinched the Team Championship gold medal at the same time. Along with Lee Pearson, Sophie Wells, and Deborah Criddle, Sophie will receive her second gold medal which will also be celebrated with a Team gold medal stamp. We’ll get an image of the stamp as soon as it’s available.
David Weir Men’s T54 5000m
With the Paralympics over-running on time today you could be excused for nipping off to the pub for a nightcap, but you’ll have missed one of the most exciting races of the day. David Weir claimed gold as the fastest wheelchair raced over 5000m to cheers from the crowd rivaling Mo Farah’s win at the Olympics.
A gold medal stamp and a gold post box painted in his honour will be coming David’s way tomorrow, but in the mean time he provided a fantastic spectacle to round off the day at the Paralympics.