Gold medals keep on coming for ParalympicsGB’s FE athletes

It was another fantastic weekend for ParalympicsGB in Rio, with FE athletes adding seven golds and two bronzes to the medal tally.


Loughborough College student Sophie Thornhill got the ball rolling on Friday afternoon, when she won gold in the 1km time trial with guide Helen Scott, who herself is a former King Edward VI College Stourbridge student.

The pair then added a bronze to their collection in the B 3km pursuit over the weekend, before Cambridge Regional College student Louis Rolfe claimed a bronze of his own in the C2 3km pursuit.

Friday night saw an influx of gold medals on the track, kicked off by former Loughborough College student Libby Clegg in the T11 100m.

19-year-old Sophie Hahn, a current Loughborough student, then took gold in the T38 100m, before former Cambridge Regional College student Jonnie Peacock retained his T11 100m title with a new Paralympic record of 10.81 seconds.



Former Calderdale College student Hannah Cockroft then picked up where her Great Britain team-mates left off, when she successfully defended her T34 100m title on Saturday night – also claiming a new Paralympic record.

A further two gold medals followed on Sunday when rower Lauren Rowles, who previously attended King Edward VI College Stourbridge, won the mixed double sculls with partner Laurence Whiteley.

Louis Rolfe then added a gold to Friday’s bronze, winning the C1-5 team sprint with a new world record.

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