14 Sep 2016
Clegg wins second Paralympic title
It was gold medal number two of these Paralympic Games for Libby Clegg and guide Chris Clarke as they took the T11 200m title in dominant fashion.
The Loughborough based duo composed themselves after home favourite Terezhina Guilhermina was disqualified for a false start. This didn’t disrupt the rhythm of the British duo though, as blasted out of the blocks and led as they hit the home straight. The Chinese pairs applied pressure to the duo early on but Clegg and Clarke looked serene over the final 100m as they captured their second title of the week, in a Paralympic record of 24.51 just 0.07 seconds outside their own world record.
Clegg commented post-medal ceremony: “It is a dream come true; I am absolutely over the moon. The 200m is actually my better event and I love it, so I’m so happy that we took the gold in this one.
Clarke who has overcome illness is the last couple of days added:
“I’d call it man flu – I did feel awful. I was going into the call room yesterday thinking ‘I just want to cry right now.’ But it’s been an absolute adventure to have been involved in and I’m so grateful to Libby for letting me be a part of it.”
ParalympicsGB women’s wheelchair basketball team are guaranteed their best-ever result at a Paralympic Games after reaching the semi-finals in Rio.
After ranking second in the pool stages, the women took on China in Tuesday’s quarter-final at the Rio Olympic Arena, with a match against either USA or Brazil in the semi-finals up for grabs.
And they duly delivered, outscoring their opponents in every quarter apart from the last to record a 57-38 victory and ensure they will contest a Paralympic medal match for the first ever time.
Current Loughborough University student Amy Conroy contributed 16 points to the team’s tally, with graduate Laurie Williams also a standout player. Jude Hamer and Clare Griffiths were also in action contributing to the team’s dominant performance, which sparked celebrations at the final hooter.