Will Bayley went one better than his silver medal performance at London 2012 with gold last night in the Class 7 Table Tennis as Bayley Tops The Table.
If anybody was in any doubt as to the determination and commitment of Paralympic athletes, they need only have seen the release of emotion from Will Bayley after his success in the Class 7 Table Tennis.
Bayley spontaneously jumped onto the table in an exuberant celebration of victory. One table-side umpire reached for her yellow card which was pretty redundant given that the match was over and such was the feeling that Bayley couldn’t help but embrace her in joy.
Bayley commented: “Four years was a long time to wait and there was no guarantee I would ever get the chance to go for gold again, but I’m so proud to win this.”
On the field, Aled Davies also took gold in the F42 Shot Put.
It was the pool that hosted ParalympicsGB’s success most prominently on day five with three gold medal-winning performances.
Sascha Kindred, swimming in his sixth and final Paralympic Games and who was disqualified in the semi-finals before being reinstated on appeal, broke the SM6 200m Medley World Record to claim gold. Fan favourite, Ellie Simmonds, finished in style to become the first female swimmer, also in the SM6 200m Medley, to go sub three minutes and smash the World Record to achieve her gold medal. Simmonds revealed afterwards that: “I’m really chuffed. It’s a target I’ve set and I’ve wanted to go under for a long time.”
Susie Rodgers then set a personal best in the S7 50m Butterfly to win Britain’s fifth gold of the day.
John Stubbs and Jodie Grinham won silver in the mixed team Compound Open Archery, before Jonathan Broom-Edwards finished second in the T44 High Jump final.
Wheelchair racer, David Weir, who became a father for the fourth time just hours before failing to get through his T54 400m heat, later qualified second in his T54 1500m heat.
Scottish athletes continue to do well, with Libby Clegg (with guide, Chris Clarke) progressing to the T11 200m final. Wheelchair tennis player, Gordon Reid, made it through to the quarter finals, easing past his opponent, Frederic Cattaneo, 6-0, 6-2.
Home supporters were thrilled when Brazil’s Daniel Dias won his twentieth Paralympic gold medal in the S5 50m Freestyle.
many thanks to http://paralympics.org.uk/ for use of the photo.