2nd September 2021
PEMBROKE CROWNED PARALYMPIC CHAMPION AS KINGHORN AND GREAVES REACH PODIUM
A Paralympic record-breaking throw saw Dan Pembroke secure ParalympicsGB’s first-ever F13 javelin gold medal at Tokyo 2020, while Sammi Kinghorn and Dan Greaves reached the podium, the latter for his sixth consecutive Games.
Pembroke (coach: David Turner, club: Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow), threw 69.52m with his third throw of the final, which was more than enough to take home gold.
Iran’s Ali Pirouj was Pembroke’s nearest challenger but could only muster a throw of 64.30m.
Pembroke said: “It is the best day of my life.
“It is an amazing experience and I can’t put it into words, I know everyone says that but it is true.
“There are so many words to describe what just happened and I am so, so happy.
“The trend at the moment is that I go out really tense and it takes me a while to get relaxed but when I do, the big throws really come out.”
Sammi Kinghorn collected her second Paralympic medal in as many days, taking home a silver in the women’s T53 400m final.
A day prior, Kinghorn (Rodger Harkins, Red Star) was on the podium to collect a bronze in the women’s T53 100m.
In a stacked field including winner, Catherine Debrunner of Switzerland, Kinghorn finished second in a time of 57.25s.
And speaking after her silver success, Kinghorn was satisfied with the result, even if she felt she had more to give.
“Overall I was happy with today’s performance, although there are still things I can work on with the start in particular,” said Kinghorn.
“It was super wet and that affected my start and made it really hard to get going with my grip especially.
“I was getting really tired in the home straight. But I did feel happy with how I was pushing.
“I genuinely thought it was bronze when I crossed the line so I am so, so happy. My arms are so sore that I was happy with third then when they said second it was mad and I am elated.”
Elsewhere on the track, Sophie Kamlish (Rob Ellchuk, Bristol & West), finished third in heat one of the women’s T44 100m to qualify for tomorrow evening’s final with a time of 13.32s.
Away from the track action, Dan Greaves (Zane Duquemin, Charnwood AC) took home a bronze medal in the F64 standing discus with a throw of 53.56m.
The bronze medal in Tokyo means that Greaves has won a medal at a whopping six consecutive Paralympic Games stretching back to Sydney 2000.
And he dedicated his Tokyo 2020 medal to his children, whose birth changed the 38-year-old’s perspective.
“Your motivation changes as you get older,” said Greaves.
“Intrinsically I am such a dedicated and hardworking athlete but since having my children, your perspective changes on what is important and, for me, as an athlete I do it all for them now.
“It was some of toughest conditions out there – probably the wettest and slippiest I have ever competed in, so I knew that it was going to be whoever got a decent throw out.
“I was a bit annoyed I didn’t throw any further than 55m but I battled to the bitter end.
“I am really pleased to have some hardware to show my children – my sixth consecutive medal. I feel so old saying that!”
Harrison Walsh (Nathan Stephens, Swansea), who was also due to compete in the F64 discus final, was forced to withdraw from the final after sustaining an ankle injury prior to the competition.
The British medallists (15):
Hannah Cockroft – Women’s T34 100m
Sophie Hahn – Women’s T38 100m
Dan Pembroke – Men’s F13 Javelin
Andrew Small – Men’s T33 100m
Thomas Young – Men’s T38 100m
Kare Adenegan – Women’s T34 100m
Sammi Kinghorn – Women’s T53 400m
Columba Blango – Men’s T20 400m
Olivia Breen – Women’s T38 Long Jump
Dan Greaves – Men’s F64 Discus
Harri Jenkins – Men’s T33 100m
Sammi Kinghorn – Women’s T53 100m
Maria Lyle – Women’s T35 100m and 200m
Jonnie Peacock – Men’s T64 100m