Scots on Paralympics GB: Day Eight

September 1, 2021

Bronze on the track for Sammi Kinghorn led another successful day for the Scots on Paralympics GB on Wednesday – here’s a roundup of all the action from Tokyo and a look ahead to Thursday.


Sammi Kinghorn won her first Paralympic medal with bronze in the Women’s T53 100m, crossing the line in 16.53 seconds as Gao Fang led home a Chinese 1-2.

“I can’t believe it. I mean to get fifth in Rio and now to get bronze… I’m just so chuffed to come away with a medal. And the thing is I know I’m still getting faster and there’s more to come. I know one day I will get gold, it’s just about learning. Every time I get on the track I learn something else.

“A lot of these girls are older than me, they’re more experienced, but I know every year I’ll get stronger and stronger. It’s three years until Paris, I’ll be 28, I’ll be hopefully more mature and hopefully I’ll be faster.”

Sammi will be back in action in the heats of the Women’s T53 400m on Thursday (04:10) with Melanie Woods racing over the same distance in the T54 event (04:42). The finals take place later on Thursday, at 11:30 and 11:40 respectively.


Andy Mullen was the sole Scot in action in the pool on Wednesday, finishing seventh in his heat of the Men’s S5 50m Freestyle.

Thursday sees Louis Lawlor make his Paralympic Games debut in the heats of the Men’s S14 100m Backstroke (02:05) with the final scheduled for 10:03. Toni Shaw will be looking to be in the medal hunt in the Women’s S9 100m Butterfly with the heats at 01:42 and the final at 09:28. She could also be involved in the Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay final at 11.59.


Scott McCowan finished fourth, his highest ever placing at a Paralympics, after a 1-6 loss to Daniel Michel of Australia in the BC3 bronze medal match.

Thursday sees the start of the Pairs events where Scott and brother Jamie compete in Pool A of the BC3 event with the first game against South Korea (03:25) and Stephen McGuire in Pool A the BC4 where GB’s first opponents will be Brazil (06:25).

Wheelchair Tennis

Gordon Reid is into the Men’s Singles semi-finals after a 7-5 3-6 6-1 win over Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina. He now faces top seed and home favourite Shingo Kuniedo third on Centre Court on Thursday (play starts at 02:00).


Fin Graham will be aiming for the podium in the Men’s C1-3 Road Race (01:48).

Wheelchair Basketball

Robyn Love and Jude Hamer will be in action as Paralympics GB take on Spain in the 7th/ 8th Classification Playoff on Thursday (07:00).

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