Big day for Small and Paterson Pine with golds in Tokyo


heelchair racer Andrew Small grabbed gold for Great Britain after blitzing his rivals in the men’s T33 100m final at the Tokyo Paralympics on Monday.

And it was a golden day too for Phoebe Paterson Pine as she triumphed in the archery on her Games debut.

Small powered to victory in a time of 17.73 seconds on day six of the Games after flying out of the blocks at the National Stadium in Tokyo.

The blistering start proved crucial as defending champion Ahmad Almutairi of Kuwait threatened to snatch victory by closing the sizeable gap, only to cross the line a tenth of a second behind.

Small’s success was an upgrade on the bronze he won behind Almutairi at Rio 2016, with third place on the podium on this occasion going to his GB team-mate Harri Jenkins in a season’s best 18.55secs.

“I entered the race, I don’t ever expect outcomes, I just go and do it and see what happens and hey ho this is where we got,” the 28-year-old told Channel 4.

“I normally have a Garfield brought to me where ‘I hate Mondays’, so I may have to change that now.”

Britain’s 25th gold of the Games came from Paterson Pine struck after she won the battle of the Brits by beating defending champion Jess Stretton en route to glory.

Games debutant Paterson Pine began a memorable day with a tense 141-140 success over her world No1 compatriot in the second round of the women’s individual compound.

The 23-year-old, who has spina bifida, later took Stretton’s crown with a 134-133 win over Chile’s Mariana Zuniga Varela in the decisive contest, having also beaten France’s Julie Chupin and Italian Maria Andrea Virgilio in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively.

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