Three more medals secured on day seven of the Paralympics

Loughborough athletes Crystal Lane-Wright, George Peasgood, and Olivia Breen all produced medal-winning performances on day seven of the Paralympic Games.

Cycling duo Lane-Wright and Peasgood won silver and bronze respectively in the time trial events to add to their previous podium finishes in Tokyo.

Olivia Breen’s Paralympic record 4.91m leap was enough to secure bronze at the National Stadium in the women’s long jump T38.

The 25-year-old’s record first jump was later beaten by eventual gold medallist Luca Ekler of Hungary, but it was still enough for a second overall Paralympic medal for the Loughborough-based athlete.  

University alumna Lane-Wright finished second behind compatriot Sarah Storey in the women’s C5 cycling category to win her fourth overall Paralympic medal and her second of these Games.

College graduate Peasgood, who had earlier claimed a PTS5 triathlon silver medal, also made the podium in the men’s C4 category to continue a dream Paralympic debut.  

Speaking to Channel 4, Olivia Breen said:

"I’m over the moon. I've been working for five years for this and I'm so happy it came together.

"I was so, so nervous but tried to tell myself to enjoy it. It’s a lucky stadium for me and, during the pandemic, it’s amazing that the Games went ahead."

Tuesday’s medal haul in Tokyo extended Loughborough’s overall total at the Paralympic Games to an impressive 13.

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