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GB wins over 100 Paralympic medals

Emma wiggs
Emma wiggs Image credit: paralympic.org

GB has now won over 100 medals at Paralympic games after more wins in Tokyo overnight at day 10 of the event.

Canoeist Emma Wiggs (pictured above) and athletes Jonathan Broom-Edwards and Owen Miller won three more gold medals starting day 10 as victory for Great Britain.

Wiggs won the VL2 event, the first time the Va’a boat has been used at the Paralympics – she will go on to defend her KL2 kayak title on Saturday.

Emma was paralysed in her arms and legs from an unidentified virus at the age of 18 during her gap year travelling around Australia. Her arms later recovered but she was left with permanent nerve damage in her legs.

Broom-Edwards, who was born with congenital talipes equinovarus (club foot) claimed gold be clearing 2.10m in the high jump championship.

"To get it right, at the right time, I'm relieved, elated, excited, crying my eyes out," Broom-Edwards said.

"It's been an emotional rollercoaster. I've been striving for it. To keep my cool and get it right when it counted, I'm really proud of myself.

"I always believed in myself and I wanted to come here and jump a new personal best. The weather didn't play ball but to do a season's best is amazing."

Miller’s first Paralympics was extremely impressive, he beat Russian Alexander Rabotnitskii in the T20 1500m in 3 minutes 54.57 seconds.

"It went exactly the way I wanted. I timed it right and knew I could do it," Miller said.

"I gave it my all. I went for it and knew nobody was going to catch me. I could never really imagine I'd be a Paralympic gold medallist when I took up the sport, but I am today."

Owen who has like Miller an intellectual disability started running at a young age when his PE teacher realised he had potential to take up the sport professionally.

"During the race I was really thinking to myself that on the last lap I was going to storm it and that is what I have been practising, lots of sharp sprints, especially when the bell goes," Taunton told the national press.

"The bell helped and when I crossed the finish line I thought, 'oh my goodness, I am going to get a bronze medal.'"

Silver medals went to tandem pair Sophie Unwin and pilot Jenny Holl in the women’s B road race and Will Bayley and Paul Karabardak for the class 6-7 table tennis team, there were also bronze medals for Jeanette Chippington, Rob Oliver and Hannah Taunton.

Britain's first Paralympic gold was earned at the 1960 Rome Games by Margaret Maughan in the women’s archery.