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ParalympicsGB surpasses London medal haul in Tokyo, but will fall short of Rio total with one day left

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The ParalympicsGB team has surpassed the 120 medals won in London, but will fall short of Rio’s total with just one day left of the Games in Tokyo.

On the penultimate day of the Games on Saturday, Britain won 11 medals across athletics, canoeing, wheelchair tennis and badminton, including four golds.

This takes the team’s total to 122 medals, which is more than the 120 secured in 2012, but not enough to go beyond the 147 from Rio 2016.

Among the four golds was Hannah Cockcroft’s seventh after she cruised to victory in the T34 800m wheelchair race despite a hand injury and poor weather conditions.

Amid heavy rain at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, the 29-year-old from Yorkshire suffered a nasty cut to her right hand after catching it in her chair.

But she managed to finish 10 seconds ahead of her teammate, Britain’s Kare Adenegan, who got silver.

Despite being “gutted” to have fallen 0.12 seconds short of her own world record set in Switzerland earlier this year, Cockcroft said she was “happy” with the result.

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Aled Davies with his gold on the podium
Image: Aled Davies with his gold on the podium

On the challenging conditions, she said: “Wheelchairs and rain don’t mix so I slipped off the rim and there’s not really much space to slip into so it went straight in.”

But she said she was determined to carry on, adding: “Even if my hand’s fallen off I was going to be on that start line.”

Aled Davies also added to his collection of golds after securing his third in the F63 shotput event.

He too suffered torrential rain in Tokyo, but came out top for ParalympicGB with a throw of 15.33m.

Laura Sugar celebrates her gold
Image: Laura Sugar celebrates her gold
Charlotte Henshaw and Emma Wiggs (left)
Image: Charlotte Henshaw and Emma Wiggs (left)

“The conditions were great up until a few days ago, which is a shame because I was ready to deliver a big performance, but it doesn’t matter now, I’m going home with the colour of medal I came for,” the 30-year-old said afterwards.

The other two golds came on the water, with Charlotte Henshaw winning the KL2 200m paracanoe race and Laura Sugar the KL3 200m.

Henshaw switched from swimming to canoeing in 2017 after securing a bronze in London and a silver in Rio.

Emma Wiggs wins silver
Image: Emma Wiggs wins silver

Britain’s Emma Wiggs came away with silver in the KL3 competition, having won gold in the VL2 200m on Friday.

Outside of the golds, ParalympicsGB secured four silvers and three bronzes on Saturday.

Daniel Bethell won Britain’s first ever Paralympic badminton medal, getting silver after his defeat against India’s Pramod Bhagat in the SL3 final.

Daniel Bethell secures silver for Great Britain
Image: Daniel Bethell secures silver for Great Britain

Bethell, 25, who has cerebral palsy, was beaten 2-0 by the top seed.

The other silvers were won by Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley after they lost against the Netherlands in the women’s double tennis final.

It tops the bronzes they won at both Rio and London.

Saturday’s bronze medals were won by May Truesdale in the para-taekwondo, Gordon Reid in the wheelchair tennis single’s and Stuart Wood in the canoe VL2 200m.

There are 15 medal events on the final day of the Games on Sunday, before the closing ceremony in Tokyo.