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GREAT MEDALS FOR GB

JONNIE PEACOCK AND HANNAH COCKFROFT DEFENDED THEIR TITLES IN RIO AS THE GAMES GOT OFF TO A GREAT START
Jonnie Peacock: emphatic winner of T44 100m title

PARALYMPICS, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

FTER ALL the doom and gloom, and the rumours of bankruptcy and cancellation, the 2016 Rio Paralympics made an excellent start.

The crowds were bigger than many expected – up to 25,000 for the weekend sessions – and, just as importantly, they engaged with the sport and screamed their heads off, particularly when a Brazilian was winning. Several athletes commented on how good the atmosphere was, even in the morning sessions. As Gemma Prescott, bronze medallist in the women’s club throw F32, said: “The crowd was great and it was good to see them getting behind Paralympic sport. You could see people in the crowd having fun and enjoying watching, perhaps people who have never seen Paralympic sport before. That is valuable in itself.”

Athletics is significantly the biggest sport in the Paralympics, accounting for 1140 of the 4477 competitors. The second biggest is swimming with 594. Athletes hail from 146 countries with 393 from Europe, 269 from the Americas, 257 Asians, 161 Africans and 60 from Oceania. The complexity of classifications within disability athletes means Rio has 177 medal events, more than three times the number in the Olympic athletics. However, with 1140 athletes split over 177 events – although most compete in more than one event – it means a significant number of events go straight to a final.

Georgie Hermitage: gold in a world record time

FABULOUS FRIDAY

Friday evening saw four British gold medals in 100m races in less than two and a half hours. Georgie Hermitage won her first Paralympic gold medal in style, smashing her own world record for the T37 cerebral palsy class with 13.13. After bursting out of the blocks, she was put under pressure by French opponent Mandy Francois-Elie early on but showed her class as she swept away the field.

An emotional Hermitage said afterwards: “I am a Paralympic gold medallist. It is an amazing feeling. I couldn’t have asked for more today. I was worrying so much in warm-up and the call room. I am such an over-thinker, but I’ve won on the biggest stage and I’m delighted. To win the gold today is such a relief and shows all the hard work has paid off.”

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ACTION 6 GREAT CITYGAMES David Rudisha sets world 500m best on the banks of the Tyne 12 GREAT NORTH RUN Mo Farah claims third consecutive title as Vivian Cheruiyot wins women’s race 20 RIO PARALYMPICS Jonnie Peacock and Hannah Cockroft among GB gold medallists 26 DIAMOND LEAGUE Sandi Morris vaults 5.00m as the series ends in Brussels NEWS 32 Rutherford reflects on mixed year 36 Simpson exceeding expectations PERFORMANCE 38 Sports science news 40 Athlete Insight – Seb Rodger 42 Nutrition – the 3 R’s of recovery 44 Product reviews – fast food PREVIEWS 55 Look-ahead to British Masters Championships, plus TV guide RESULTS & FIXTURES 46 Results round-up 57 What’s On – fixtures guide REGULARS 61 Quiz – test your athletics knowledge 62 Dip Finish

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