EAST Hampshire Paralympians have had a golden week at Rio, with Binsted’s very own Georgie Hermitage setting two new world records in the process.
Georgie won gold medals in the T37 100m and 400m events last week. And the 27-year-old mum added silver in the T35-38 4x100m relay final.
But London 2012 bronze medallist Olivia Breen from Liphook missed out after failing to make the final quartet.
Olivia, who is competing in her second Paralympic Games aged just 20, finished an impressive seventh place in the T38 100m final last Friday followed by 12th in the T38 long jump on Sunday.
From across the Hampshire border into south-west Surrey, Farnham’s Rachel Morris stormed to victory last Sunday in the arms-shoulders single sculls to secure an incredible second gold medal in her second Paralympic sport.
Rachel, 37, who only took up rowing in 2013, set a new Paralympic best time of 5.13.69 over the 1,000m race to finish a boat length ahead of China’s Lili Wang in the silver medal position and Israel’s Moran Samuel in bronze.
It takes her total Paralympic medal tally to three, adding to the hand-cycling gold she won at Beijing in 2008 and the bronze at London 2012 - the latter just weeks after a car destroyed her racing bike during an event on the A31 near Bentley.
Kylie Grimes from Farnham also competed in the Olympic Stadium on Sunday in the F51 women’s club throw, finishing just outside the medal places in fourth place having represented GB at London 2012 in the wheelchair rugby. She is now targeting a top three finish at the London 2017 World ParaAthletics Championships next summer.
Fellow club-thrower Abbie Hunnisett, a former student of Treloars disabled school and college in Alton, competed in the F31/32 category on Friday afternoon, but also finished agonisingly outside of the medals in fourth place behind GB teammate Gemma Prescott.
And David Smith, sporting his trademark blue Mohawk, picked up gold in the BC1 class, Team GB’s sole boccia medal of Rio 2016.
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