Tokyo Paralympics: Hannah Cockroft wins seventh gold, Charlotte Henshaw and Laura Sugar triumph

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Hannah Cockroft (right), defending her Rio 2016 title with Kare Adenegan, (left) winning silver

Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan on BBC Dates: 24 Aug-5 Sep Time in Tokyo: BST+8 Coverage: Follow Radio 5 Live or on the BBC Sport Website

Hannah Cockroft won her seventh Paralympic gold medal in the T34 800m. This was the first of three British titles that were held in Tokyo on Day 11.

Cockroft broke a Paralympic record when his British teammate Kare Adenegan won silver. This was almost eleven seconds behind.

Another British one-two saw Charlotte Henshaw win KL2 200m Paracanoe gold and Emma Wiggs win silver.

Para-canoe was the next to win gold, and Laura Sugar became KL3 champion.

Stuart Wood made his Paralympic debut in Tokyo and won bronze in the final of VL3 200m.

Zak Skinner, who missed out on the T13 long jump medal by two centimetres in agony, was knocked out by American Isaac Jean Paul on the final jump.

Dan Bethell will be guaranteed at least a Silver medal in Para-badminton’s Paralympic debut. He will reach the men's SL3 final at 10:30 BST Saturday.

Cockroft wins gold despite a warm-up accident

Victory won the Tokyo title for Cockroft, 29, after she broke her world record last Sunday to keep the 100m crown.

The Paralympic record for one minute 48.99 seconds, set in rainy conditions, is nearly 12 seconds faster than her previous Games best.

Adenegan set a personal record of 1:59.85. This means she improved on the bronze medal she won in Rio five year ago.

American Alexa Halko was third and Briton Fabienne André was fourth, setting a new personal record.

Cockroft laughed, "I'm absolutely devastated." "I was so close to the world record, I couldn’t have gotten closer if I tried," Cockroft joked.

"I am really happy with gold, but I'm clearly frustrated that I couldn't squeeze under that time.

"I was able to do that time in Switzerland on one of the fastest tracks in the world, so I have to be proud to replicate it."

Cockroft disclosed that she had an accident during warm-up for the final, which caused her concern prior to the race.

She said, "I put my hands through the steering wheel as the chair was moving." "I have never done this before, but I decided to try it today. It was quite bloody, but it was fine.

Adenegan's silver medal was her second at the Games. She said, "I'm really happy, and to go under-two minutes as well.

It gives me a lot confidence. It was really gratifying to be able perform when it mattered."

Henshaw and Sugar are successful in switching to sport

Charlotte Henshaw resigned from swimming to start para-canoeing

Henshaw was a swimming champion, winning silver in London 2012 and bronze Rio. But she finally achieved the colour she desired after switching to Paracanoe.

The 34-year old retired from pool in 2017 to try out other sports. She won the KL2 World Championship title in 2017, which she kept in 2019.

She was challenged in Tokyo by Wiggs, her teammate who won the Paralympic title at the event five year ago.

They looked poised for silver and gold from the start Saturday's race. Henshaw pulled away early on, but Henshaw pushed ahead. He set a Paralympic record time of 50.76 seconds.

Wiggs (41), won VL2 Gold on Friday, but she had to settle for silver in the second final. She finished 0.649secs ahead of Henshaw.

It's incredible. Henshaw said, "I feel a real sense gratitude that I was able race for this medal."

"Twelve months ago, we didn't know if we would get this chance.

"It was an amazing race, and it was incredible that Emma (and I) were able again to take the top two spots on the podium. This just goes to show the strength of British canoeing and it's a great honor to be able to be part of it.

Sugar also made the right choice by switching to athletics in Rio.

Para-canoe spotted her through the talent identification process in 2018. She sealed Paralympic gold in style three years later, clocking a Paralympic record of 49.582.

This was nearly two seconds faster than Nelia Barbosa of France, who won silver.

Laura Sugar's first Paralympic medal was gold.

Wood, who was the sole member of the GB Paracanoe team in Tokyo, seemed set to win a medal, and took the lead at the beginning of the VL3 final.

Curtis McGrath of Australia pulled him back, and Giovane Vieira da Paula of Brazil followed, taking gold and silver, respectively.

Wood won a bronze medal in a close race by 0.33secs.

GB's canoeists finished the Games with seven medals including three golds. They are at the top of the sport’s medal table.