Rio Recap: Clegg overcomes controversy to claim gold


After a record-breaking opening day, the sprinters took centre stage on the track on day two of the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

We take a look at the main talking points.



There was controversy in the semi-finals as Libby Clegg smashed the world record in the T11 100 metres, winning in 11.91 seconds, only to have been judged to have been illegally pulled by her guide.

However, the British sprinter successfully appealed and was reinstated into the final.

Clegg was clearly unaffected by the earlier episode and came home in a time of 11.96secs to narrowly beat China's Zhou Guohua to the gold.

There was more success on the track for Great Britain as Jonnie Peacock successfully defended his T44 100m title, while Ireland's Jason Smyth claimed his fifth Paralympics gold with victory over the same distance in the T13 final.

But there was an upset in the T54 100m as China's Liu Wenjun took the gold ahead of world record holder Tatyana McFadden.



After victories in Beijing and London, Egypt's Sherif Osman made it a hat-trick in the 59kg powerlifting, setting a new world record to take the gold.

The 33-year-old Osman successfully lifted 203kg on his first attempt before capping a dominant victory with a lift of 211kg with his final effort.

His closet challenger Ali Jawad was a distant second with a lift of 190kg.


"I am just in the middle of my road because I have a very big dream to win six gold medals in Paralympic Games, and hopefully my next will be in Tokyo 2020." - Osman is far from satisfied with three golds.

"I have already erased this. I went to the toilet and flushed. Next race you will see another Terezinha." - Home hope Terezinha Guilhermina was disqualified trying to defend her T11 100m title, but the disappointment did not get to her.



Triathlon makes its Paralympic debut on day three, with world and European champion Andy Lewis of Great Britain going for gold in the PT2 class.

Swimmer Elizabeth Marks is the favourite in the 100m breaststroke SB7.

The Army sergeant sustained serious hip injuries in Iraq in 2010 but came to fame this year when she asked Prince Harry to donate her winner's medal from the Invictus Games to staff at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire, who saved her life after the American became ill prior to the 2014 Invictus Games.