Tokyo Paralympics: Andrew Small and Phoebe Paterson Pine claims golds as GB win 5 medals


Venue: Tokyo, Japan Events: August 24-September 5 Time in Tokyo: BST +8
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Andrew Small won his first Paralympic title in the T33 100m when Phoebe Paterson Pine won gold in archery on her game debut on the sixth day of Tokyo 2020.

Paterson Pine, 23, defeated Chilean Mariana Zuniga Varela with 134-133 in the women’s singles compound final.

Natascha Baker won her third medal of the games in the individual freestyle test.

British teammate Harri Jenkins took bronze behind Small, who improved his own third place from Rio.

Power lift Louise Sugden also won bronze in the women’s class -86kg with a best performance of 131kg.

Ellie Robinson could not defend her S6 title over 50 m butterfly because she finished fifth, only a quarter of a second outside the medal ranks.

The first medal of the day went to wheelchair user Small, who with 17.73 seconds fended off a delayed attack by Kuwait’s defending champion Ahmad Almutairi.

Paralympics debutant Jenkins finished the season with a best time of 18.55 seconds, while James Freeman finished fourth.

“I was born in 1993, weighed one pound, six ounces. I had a 5% chance of living. Coming here is crazy,” said Small, 28.

“Seeing London 2012, taking inspiration from David Weir and Hannah Cockroft, and then being in Rio four years later was a little strange.

“It’s the same, especially when you consider that the games shouldn’t be played. I have to pinch myself sometimes.”

Andrew Small (right) took gold in a close race with Kuwait’s defending champion Ahmad Almutairi (left)

Paterson Pine had beaten his British teammate, Rio gold medalist and world record holder Jessica Stretton by one point in the round of 16 before she sealed her place in the final with victories against French and Italian opponents.

“I worked incredibly hard for it and there was always an opportunity just because I put so much hard work into it,” said Paterson Pine.

“But as an athlete you are always not so sure and so now I have a lot more confidence in myself.”

Sugden’s bronze – her first Paralympic medal in her third game – was GB’s third in the sport, after previous thirds for Micky Yule and Olivia Broome.

Sugden played wheelchair basketball in the 2008 and 2012 Paralympics before starting powerlifting in 2017.

Phoebe Paterson Pine celebrates winning her gold medalPhoebe Paterson Pine makes her Paralympic debut in Tokyo

Elsewhere in athletics, six-time Paralympic champion David Weir and Daniel Sidbury qualified for the men’s T54 1500m final, while the world third medalist Shaun Burrows is in the final of the T38 400m.

Kyron Duke just missed a medal in the shot put F41 and finished fourth with a best throw of 12.29 m.

Ellie Challis, who won silver in the S3 50m back on Sunday, was fourth in the 100m freestyle.

In the final of the men’s S5 50m back, Andrew Mullen Seventh place, while the Chinese Zheng Tao set a new world record with 31.42 seconds.

Ten-time Paralympic medalist Stephanie Millward took ninth place in the S9 100m back women.

Sagittarius Tim Jeffrey was eighth in the final of the SH2 Mixed 10m air rifle standing.

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