Peacock and Sugden extend Loughborough’s medal count

Louise Sugden and Jonnie Peacock both won dramatic bronze medals on day six of the Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Peacock, chasing his third Paralympic sprint title in the T64 100m, shared the bronze medal with Germany’s Johannes Floors after a photo finish couldn’t separate the competitors after a thrilling race.

The London and Rio gold medallist clocked 10.79 seconds in a season’s best as Germany’s Felix Streng won gold (10.76) and Costa Rica’s Sherman Isidro Guity Guity claimed silver (10.78).

“It's tough. There's two ways to take it but I have to be grateful. That race was ridiculously fast. Watching it back, I hate myself. I started leaning backwards,” Peacock told Channel 4.

“I'll know I could have won that when I watch that back. To all the kids at home - do what you want to do, don't let anything hold you back.

“Sorry I couldn't win for you. I'll win for you next time."

Overnight in powerlifting, Louise Sugden also added to Loughborough’s tally with a thrilling bronze of her own in the women’s -86kg category

The former wheelchair basketball player’s best lift of 131kg was the same as fourth-placed rival Amany Ali, but the 37-year-old made the podium due to being more than a kilogram lighter than the Egyptian.

Sugden’s lift completed an excellent Games for Loughborough-based British Weightlifting following  bronze medals earlier in the competition for Mickey Yule and Olivia Broome.  

Loughborough-linked athletes have now achieved 10medals the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, including golds on the track for Sophie Hahn and Thomas Young, silver in triathlon for George Peasgood and silver for cyclist and alumna Crystal Lane-Wright.  

Loughborough University has launched a new initiative for those looking to support the future of Para sport on campus. By supporting the Para Sport programme, individuals can make a profound impact to a young person’s life. To find out more and how to donate, click HERE.

For more information on Loughborough and its presence at the Paralympic Games, visit the dedicated website HERE.

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