Rio Paralympics News: China still dominating medal race; Great Britain and Australia perform strong on day two

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Rio Paralympics News: China still dominating medal race; Great Britain and Australia perform strong on day two

Day two of the Rio Paralympics saw Great Britain dominate at the games, winning seven of their 27 medals, most notably at T44, velodrome and swimming events. Despite the strong outing, they still lag behind China who has a commanding lead with 49 medals.

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Great Britain’s T44 win comes at the hands of Jonnie Peacock who won his second title for the 100-meter event. He clocked in at 00:10.81 seconds, well ahead of Liam Malone of New Zealand who landed a time of 00:11.02 seconds. Closing out the top three was Germany’s Felix Streng who came in at 00:11.03.

“It’s unbelievable,” Peacock shared after his race. “I’ve always said that nothing’s ever going to top London as a personal achievement. But Rio as a sporting achievement is so much greater. The Paralympic movement as a whole is progressing so much.

Meanwhile, fellow Brits Sophie Thornhill, with pilot Helen Scott, won the B one-kilometer time-trial, while Jody Cundy came out on top at the C4/C5 event. This was a redemptive win for Cundy, who was denied from joining the last games at London in 2012.

Swimmers Georgie Hermitage, Sophie Hahn and Libby Clegg all won their 100-meter finals events, while Ellie Robinson won gold at the S6 50-meter butterfly.

Australia wins track cycling and swimming at Rio Paralympics

Australia also hauled in gold as cyclist David Nicholas beat out the competition on the track. Fellow Aussie Brendan Hall pulled off a dominant performance in the water, on the other hand, winning by almost five seconds ahead of his competition, clocking in at 4:12.73. The wins put Australia in sixth place in the medal rankings.

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For a list of the top ten countries at the Rio Paralympics, check out the table below.

COUNTRYGOLDSILVERBRONZETOTAL
CHINA20171249
GREAT BRITAIN126927
UKRAINE761326
UNITED STATES38314
BRAZIL36211
AUSTRALIA32611
UZBEKISTAN32611
CANADA2305
SOUTH KOREA2237
NEW ZEALAND2226

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/rio-paralympics-2016/medal-tally/

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