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Paralympic Games Spotlight: Round Up

Where do we begin? The Paralympics have been emotional! From the amazing words from Ellie Robinson in the swimming to Jonnie Peacock’s defence of his 100m T64 title, we were on the edge of our seats, cheering everyone on!

To celebrate these incredible Games, here are our top highlights from the 2020 Paralympics in Toyko:

The SUPER talented Kadeena Cox smashed a world-record time to retain her time trial title and took on a sporting double for the second time at the Games, finishing with 400m sprint fourth place!

The amazing wheelchair rugby final when Britain beat USA 54-49! Such hard work from the team, tight right until the end! We loved seeing Stuart Robinson, Kylie Grimes and Jim Roberts especially! Kylie Grimes, the sole female in the British squad, also made history as she became the first woman to win wheelchair rugby gold.

Jonnie Peacock reached the running podium in the tightest-ever Paralympic final, where the top four were separated by (can you believe this?!) four-hundredths of a second, sharing bronze with German Johannes Floors! Wow!

Swimmer Reece Dunn won no fewer than FIVE medals! That’s three golds, a silver and a bronze! This makes him the most decorated athlete in the ParalympicsGB squad for the Tokyo 2020 Games. Well done, Reece!

We have to mention para-canoe’s Jeanette Chippington. She was ParalympicGB’s oldest medallist with bronze out on the water. The 51-year-old first pulled on the British vest at Seoul 1988 in a remarkable Paralympic career that has spanned a massive five decades!

We also wanted to mention Ali Jawad who suffers from Crohn’s disease but still managed to reach his fourth Paralympics. He had self-isolated for three years so as not to jeopardize his chances of making the games in powerlifting. He secured sixth place and it’s so well deserved.

The British team won medals across 18 sports and finished second behind China on the medal table with 124 medals overall, including 41 gold, 38 silver and 45 bronze. This means that Great Britain reached the podium in more sports than any other nation at a single Games! 

A huge well done to all! Banjo HQ x

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