So, the Paralympic Games London 2012 begin, and what other way to start them than to bring home a gold medal on day one! The first gold medal of the 14th Paralympic games was won by one of our own; cyclist Sarah Storey. The superb victory was won in the women’s C5 three-kilometre individual pursuit which was took place at the London 2012 velodrome, where Sarah soared to her sweet success.
Six laps into the 12 lap race, Storey caught up to her opponent Anna Harkowska from Poland and overtook her, earning an electrifying applause from the elated crowd of near 6,000. The 34-year-old originally from Manchester, held on to her gold in the women’s individual pursuit C5 gold from Beijing, winning her eighth Paralympic title overall and her third title as a cyclist throughout her career which began in 1992. In a commendable fashion, Storey showed humble appreciation to her opponents saying:
“Mentally you’ve got to prepare, anything can happen, I have to respect all my competitors… nothing’s ever easy at this level” We wish Storey the best for the other three events has to prepare for.
In the swimming events, Sophie Pascoe of New Zealand won the gold medal in the women’s 200m IM – SM10 in world record time! Jonathan Fox of Great Britain clinched gold in the Men’s 100m Backstroke – S7 final and in the men’s 50m freestyle S5 Daniel Dias of Brazil set a new record! He smashed the current record finishing in 32.05 secs! Stephens and Mullen of GB finished sixth and eighth respectively and Sebastian Rodriguez representing Spain claimed the silver medal. Wonderful races swam by all.
A very tense Basketball match between Germany and Great Britain saw Britain behind Germany in the end with a 72-77 score to Germany, just 5 points separating them. Heart-breaking for team GB who were at a draw with Germany 66-66 before they had to into overtime! Throughout the game spectators were at the edges of their seats even till the very end! Unfortunately in sitting volleyball and goalball, team GB did were defeated by Russia (Sitting Volleyball) and Lithuania (Goalball).
Team GreatBritain have 7 medals so far; 2 gold, 3 silvers and 2 bronze on the first day of the London 2012 Paralympics, hopes are high and all the teams are on their way, making their countries proud!