By Nilesh Patel
- GB claim another four medals in athletics on day six
- Libby Clegg and Georgie Hermitage among the golds
- Hollie Arnold breaks world record in F46 Javelin final
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Team GB improve their medal haul to 21 on the track and field, already beating London 2012’s total on just Day Six.
Day Six of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games was another successful one on the track and field for Team GB, with three golds adding to the tally.
Georgie Hermitage was the first Brit to win gold on the day as she claimed her second gold at the games with her triumph in the women’s T37 400m final.
Hermitage, 27, added 400m gold to her 100m title as she broke the world record to finish her event in one minute 0.43 seconds.
The T37 classification defines athletes with cerebral palsy or a similar disability, who are ambulant and able to run. For Hermitage, her cerebral palsy affects the left side of her body and has experience of winning gold in the IPC World and European Championships.
The 27-year-old now has two Paralympic medals to her name after quitting athletics as a teenager but inspiration from London 2012 gave way to her return to the sport.
Another double success for Team GB came in the T11 200m through Libby Clegg. The sprinter already had the 100m crown which she won on Saturday and completed the double sprint triumph last night.
Clegg finished the race in first with a time of 24.51s, ahead of her two Chinese counterparts. As a T11 athlete she is classified as visually impaired and so she also finished the race with her guide Chris Clarke.
The 2016 Paralympic games were the first where the 26-year-old won gold, after previously claiming silver in Beijing and London for the T11 100m. The Scottish sprinter can now call herself a double Paralympic champion thanks to her success in Rio.
Hollie Arnold was the final British athlete to win gold on day six on the track with her outstanding performance in the F46 javelin throw.
Class 46 is for athletes whose lower and/or upper limbs are affected or amputated. For Arnold she was more than comfortable in her third Paralympics at the age of just 22.
Despite having the pressure of being favourite for gold, the javelin thrower was in top form as she cruised to victory with a world record throw of 43.01m.
With her first ever Paralympic medal she has added to her impressive medal tally of 3 golds at the IPC World Championships.
The final track and field medalist from last night was Stephen Miller in the F32 club throw.
The 36-year-old was competing in his fifth Paralympic games, having won gold previously in Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 as well as winning silver in Beijing 2008.
The thrower now has won all the spectrum of medals with his podium finish last night. He finished third in yesterdayevent, receiving his bronze medal later in the afternoon.
Similarly to Hermitage, Miller is an athlete with cerebral palsy but is the wheelchair classification.
If this is his last Paralympic games, he can certainly among Team GB’s most successful club throwers.
The athletics evening session programme begins at 21:30pm BST
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