Tokyo Paralympics: Kadeena Cox sets new world record to win gold

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Venue: Tokyo, Japan Dates: 24 August-5 September Time successful Tokyo: BST +8
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Britain's Kadeena Cox retained her C4-5 500m clip proceedings Paralympic rubric with a stunning world-record thrust successful Tokyo.

The 30-year-old, who won cycling and athletics golden astatine the 2016 Rio Games, knew she had to bushed the clip of 35.830 seconds acceptable by Canadian satellite champion Kate O'Brien to triumph Britain's seventh golden of the Games.

And she smashed that with a superb 34.812secs - beating the aged grounds by 0.411secs.

"I knew I was going to person to bash thing special, and that if I enactment everything unneurotic that maine and my manager had worked on, it would beryllium amazing," she said.

"I executed a contention that was near-perfect - I'm truthful happy."

In the pool, Hannah Russell and Reece Dunn some landed gold connected different palmy time for British swimmers.

Russell held disconnected the situation of Russian Daria Pikalova to clasp her S12 100m backstroke title.

Dunn, who finished 2nd successful the S14 butterfly connected Wednesday, won his archetypal Paralympic golden successful the S14 200m freestyle.

Bethany Firth failed to clasp her S14 200m freestyle crown, finishing second, with chap Briton Jessica-Jane Applegate taking bronze.

There was besides a bronze for Stephen Clegg successful the men's S12 100m backstroke.

Natasha Baker won Britain's 4th Para-equestrian medal successful Tokyo, taking metallic successful the Grade III idiosyncratic trial connected Keystone Dawn Chorus, known arsenic Lottie.

The brace scored 76.265% with golden going to Denmark's 21-year-old Tobias Jorgensen and his equine Jolene Hill (78.971).

Earlier successful the velodrome, Britain's Jaco van Gass claimed his 2nd medal of the Games with bronze successful the C1-3 1000m clip trial.

The pursuit golden medallist acceptable a caller satellite grounds successful his C3 category, but it wasn't capable for victory.

There were besides bronzes connected time 3 for the men's wheelchair fencing epee team of Piers Gilliver, Dimitri Coutya and Oliver Lam-Watson, sprinter Maria Lyle successful the opening league of the athletics contention and for powerlifting debutant Olivia Broome.

It was a 2nd medal of the Games for some Gilliver and Coutya and a archetypal for Lam-Watson connected his debut.

Lyle finished 3rd successful the T35 100m successful 14:18 seconds arsenic China's Xia Zhou acceptable a caller satellite grounds of 13:00 portion Broome had a champion assistance of 107kg successful the -50kg event.

Broome's team-mate Ali Jawad finished sixth successful the men's -59kg lawsuit aft a build-up wherever his grooming was not lone affected by Covid-19 but besides by the Crohn's illness which helium deals with connected a regular basis.

Cox deals with 'tricky' conditions

Cox goes again successful Saturday's squad sprint alongside Van Gass and Jody Cundy earlier switching sports and aiming to clasp her T38 400m rubric connected the athletics way adjacent Saturday.

After having a changeable successful 2014, she was past diagnosed with aggregate sclerosis and had to rebuild her sporting career.

After her Rio heroics, wherever she became the archetypal Briton to triumph 2 golds successful antithetic sports astatine the aforesaid Paralympic Games successful 28 years, she has had to woody with a fig of injuries and has had issues with what she referred to arsenic "disordered eating".

The Tokyo vigor has besides presented her with a large challenge.

Kadeena CoxCox is present 1 of Britain's best-known Paralympians

"I'm vigor intolerant and it is tricky retired here," she said. "It has affected my musculus spasms and my speech.

"It's a small spot of a conflict and it volition instrumentality maine a spot longer to recover, which hopefully isn't excessively agelong due to the fact that I've got different contention tomorrow."

Cox, who has 11 siblings, says that she has spent astir of her clip travelling betwixt cycling grooming successful Manchester, athletics grooming successful Loughborough and household successful Leeds. She is feeling the enactment of her web of household and friends who person been incapable to question to enactment her, positive her Christian faith.

"It's been wholly different, she's not had immoderate of america with her," her sister Carmel Williams told BBC Breakfast.

"We're specified a beardown family, truthful to not person immoderate of america with her is simply a large thing.

"So conscionable providing that support, we've sent her loads of videos, conscionable truthful that she tin consciousness that she has our support, which evidently she does. She was watching them earlier the contention to assistance her absorption - and she won, which was great."

Other Britons successful action

Six-time Paralympic golden medallist David Weir found the going pugnacious successful the heats of the T54 5,000m and failed to suffice for Saturday's final.

Jack Hunter-Spivey (class 5), Tom Matthews (class 1) and Paul Karabardak (class 6) are guaranteed array tennis medals aft reaching the semi-finals.

The wheelchair rugby team, who were already guaranteed a semi-final spot, mislaid 50-48 to the USA successful their last excavation crippled and volition look Japan successful Saturday's semi-finals (06:15 BST).

On the opening time of enactment successful the rowing, Britain's Lauren Rowles and Laurence Whiteley acceptable a caller Paralympic champion to scope Sunday's last of the PR2 mixed treble scullst, portion the PR3 mixed coxed 4 besides did the same.

However, Ben Pritchard successful the PR1 men's singles sculls volition request to decorativeness successful the apical 2 successful Saturday's repechage to get into the final.

Archer Jess Stretton acceptable a caller Paralympic grounds to apical the rankings successful qualifying for the women's compound unfastened event.

But the men's wheelchair hoops team mislaid 71-59 to Germany with player-coach Gaz Choudhry top-scoring connected 14 points portion the women suffered their 3rd decision retired of 3 - 53-35 to Germany - and look a must-win crippled against Australia connected Saturday (12:30).

World watch

Poland's Marcin Polak, who won bronze successful Wednesday's B 4,000m idiosyncratic pursuit with aviator Michal Ladosz, has been provisionally suspended by the International Cycling Union (UCI) aft investigating affirmative for the banned humor booster EPO (erythropoietin).

Polak volition beryllium incapable to vie successful Saturday's B 1000m clip proceedings and the upcoming roadworthy events.

"The consequences connected the bronze medal helium obtained volition beryllium determined by the applicable disciplinary panel," said a statement.

American unsighted agelong jumper Lex Gillette failed successful his bid to triumph a long-awaited T11 agelong leap title, finishing with metallic for the 5th Paralympics Games successful a row.

The 36-year-old managed a champion of 6.17m but was beaten by China's Dongdong di (6.47m).

Abbas Karimi of the Refugee Paralympic Team marked his Games debut with eighth spot successful the last of the men's S5 50m butterfly.

The 24-year-old was calved successful Afghanistan, missing some arms. He near aged 16, fleeing archetypal to Iran and past Turkey earlier settling successful the US successful 2016.

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