Former Hopwood Hall student Kindred signs off with Paralympics gold

Sascha Kindred OBE ended his Paralympics career with a stunning world record in the SM6 200m individual medley, to take his overall tally to seven gold medals.

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The former Hopwood Hall College student had missed out on a medal in the S6 50m butterfly final just days earlier, but ensured he wouldn’t leave Rio empty-handed with his performance last night.

The victory took Kindred’s total Paralympic medal tally to 13, which includes seven golds.

And the 38-year-old’s gold was swiftly matched by former Loughborough College student Ellie Simmonds.

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She became the first SM6 swimmer to break the three-minute barrier, ensuring not only gold but also a world record.

It was Simmonds’ seventh Paralympics medal, and fifth gold.

Earlier in the day, former South Gloucestershire and Stroud College student Will Bayley beat Brazilian Israel Pereira Stroh in the men’s Class 7 table tennis gold medal match.

After winning silver in London four years ago, the 28-year-old saw off his opponent in front of a patriotic crowd in four sets.

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Elsewhere, Great Britain’s Jonathan Broom-Edwards matched his world and European silver medals yesterday in the T44 high jump.

The former Queen Mary’s College student finished runner-up to Poland’s Maciej Lepiato.

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