From a 5% chance of life to 100m gold! British wheelchair racer Andrew Small triumphs in the Paralympics T33 100m before archer Phoebe Paterson Pine becomes GB’s 25th gold medallist on a manic start to Monday in Tokyo
- Andrew Small headed up the field to win Paralympics gold in the T33 100m final
- The 28-year-old arrived in Tokyo with low expectations but impressed on track
- A fast start saw Small edge out defending champion Ahmad Almutairi of Kuwait
- There was archery success for ParalympicsGB debutant Phoebe Paterson Pine
- Paterson Pine edged out her Chilean rival to win gold in a tight 134-133 victory
ParalympicsGB were able to celebrate their 24th and 25th gold medals of the Tokyo Games after Andrew Small took victory in the men’s 100m T33 final and Phoebe Paterson Pine came out on top in archery Individual Compound.
Small, who claimed bronze in Rio five years ago, made a lightning fast start and never looked back as he roared to the finish.
His biggest competition came in the way of defending champion Ahmad Almutairi of Kuwait but a quicker start off the line put Small in control and he won in a time of 17.73 seconds.
Andrew Small improved on a bronze medal in Rio to win gold in the men’s T33 100m final
GB celebrated success in archery’s Individual Compound thanks to Phoebe Paterson Pine
The ParalympicsGB star gave a clenched fist in celebration after a brilliant ride on Monday
Paterson Pine was made to work hard for a gold medal that she won in the end by a single point
‘I was born in 1993, I weighed one pound, six ounces. I had a 5 per cent chance of living. To get here is crazy,’ Small, 28, whose impairment is the result of nerve damage that affects him both neurologically and physically, told the BBC.
‘To watch London 2012, be inspired by David Weir and Hannah Cockroft, and then be in Rio four years later was a little bit strange.
‘It’s the same with this, especially considering the Games weren’t supposed to happen. I’ve got to pinch myself sometimes.’
For Paterson Pine, 23, who is making her Paralympic debut in Japan, she won without her highest score of the day in the final round but it was enough to see off her Chilean rival Mariana Zuniga Varela.
Small exorcised demons from Brazil to sweep away the rest of the field to win the gold medal
The ParalympicsGB star was pushed all way before holding out for a thrilling 134-133 victory.
Pine missed once in the first set, produced one perfect score of 10 in the fourth set, and also had a couple of big scores of nines and eights.
It was a display beyond her years as Paterson Pine, who suffers from spina bifida, eliminated defending champion Jess Stretton, a fellow GB entrant, en route to her famous debut gold.
Small’s victory on the track was not the only success.
There were two other British riders in the race with Small’s team-mate Harri Jenkins rounding out the podium behind Almutairi with a season’s best ride of 18.55secs enough for bronze. James Freeman came fourth.
Defending champion Ahmad Almutairi of Kuwait (blue) faced tough competition from GB