ParalympicsGB hit the mark with 100m wheelchair racer Andrew Small and archer Phoebe Paterson Pine, making 24 gold medals for GB on Monday’s manic start at the Games
- Andrew Small led the field to win gold at the Paralympics in the final of the T33 100m
- The 28-year-old arrived in Tokyo with low expectations but impressed on track
- Quick start allowed Small to beat defending champion Ahmad Almutairi from Kuwait
ParalympicsGB were able to celebrate their 24th and 25th Tokyo Games gold medals after Andrew Small took gold in the Men’s 100m T33 final and Phoebe Paterson Pine came out on top in the Individual Compound archery.
Small, who claimed bronze in Rio five years ago, got off to a blazing start and never looked back as he roared to the finish.
His biggest competition came in the way of defending champion Ahmad Almutairi of Kuwait, but a quicker start off the line put Small in control and he won with a time of 17.73 seconds.
Andrew Small improved on a bronze medal in Rio and won gold in the final of the men’s T33 100m
GB fourth success in individual compound archery thanks to Phoebe Paterson Pine
The ParalympicsGB star clenched a fist in celebration after a brilliant ride on Monday
Paterson Pine had to work hard for a gold medal which she eventually won by one point
“I went into the race, I never expect results, I’m just going to do it and see what happens and hey ho, this is where we came in,” the 28-year-old told Channel 4.
“I usually have a Garfield brought to me where ‘I hate Mondays,’ so maybe I should change that now.”
For Paterson Pine, she won without her her highest score of the day in the final round, but it was enough to beat her Chilean rival Mariana Zúñiga Varela.
Small exorcised demons from Brazil to wipe out the rest of the field to win the gold medal
The ParalympicsGB star was pushed to his limits before holding out for a thrilling 134-133 win.
Pine missed once in the first set, produced a perfect score of 10 in the fourth set, and also had some big scores of nines and eights.
Small’s win on the track was not the only success.
There were two other British riders in the race, with Small’s team-mate Harri Jenkins completing the podium behind Almutairi with a season best run of 18.55 seconds enough for bronze.
James Freeman, plenty GB athlete, was fourth.
Defending champion Ahmad Almutairi from Kuwait (blue) faced tough competition from GB