Duo spearhead GB medals drive

  • Last Updated: August 31 2012, 23:28 BST

Great Britain's anticipated Paralympic Games medal rush began in earnest - but there was also major controversy surrounding star cyclist Jody Cundy.

Hannah Cockroft: Gold in the pool

Britain enjoyed a medal-laden day at the velodrome as Welshman Mark Colbourne took gold after Thursday's silver, while his team-mates cliched three silvers and a bronze between them.

And there was success on the track and in the pool, spearheaded by sprinter Hannah Cockroft.

The Halifax-based wheelchair racer destroyed the field and the Paralympic record to claim gold in the T34 100 metres at a packed Olympic Stadium.

The 20-year-old had the race won by halfway as she crossed the line in 18.06 seconds, almost one-and-a-half seconds clear of her closest rival, Holland's Amy Siemons.

"It's a little bit surreal when you are dreaming about it for so long and then it just kind of happens in, what, 18 seconds. You're kind of like, 'I want to do that again, I can do that better'. But I've got it now, and I can't complain," Cockroft said.

"Everyone went mental. It was absolutely amazing. I can't describe it - it was phenomenal."

Earlier in the day, Welsh shot putter Aled Davies claimed Britain's first athletics medal of the Games with bronze in the F42/44 class.

Cundy, though, experienced only anger and tears while launching expletives at officials after he was denied a restart in the C4/C5 one-kilometre time-trial, an event in which he had not been beaten for six years.

Cundy wobbled out of the gate and immediately put his hand up, expecting to be awarded a restart, as he stopped just yards from the start.

Cundy, a lower leg amputee and C4 rider, believes the gas canister in the start gate which should release the wheel on his bike did not open sufficiently, but commissaires dismissed his complaint and ruled he could not restart.

Coach Chris Furber pleaded with the officials, who argued the start was down to rider error, not an equipment failure, and Cundy's response was laden with expletives.

Cundy, who admitted to crying as a result of the ruling, later apologised for his reaction and for marching towards the officials' pen.

He said: "I just wanted to go 'why?'

"I trained for four years of my life, since winning in Beijing, to come here and do it in front of a home crowd, to experience a roar which I've watched all of my team-mates do, which I still haven't had that chance to experience."

There was a happier conclusion to the day for Colbourne, who set a second world record in the space of a few hours in winning gold in three minutes 53.881 seconds.

"It's a dream come true for me," said Colbourne, who broke his back in a paragliding accident in 2009.

"I only had 18 months (to prepare). We had to raise the bar, increase the training and push me to my limits. Today was the result of all of that."

Elsewhere, Aileen McGlynn and Helen Scott took silver in the women's blind and visually impaired tandem 3km time-trial, a feat matched by former Iraq serviceman Jon-Allan Butterworth in the C4/5 one-kilometre time-trial.

And Shaun McKeown and Darren Kenny finished with silver and bronze medals, respectively, in the C3 3km individual pursuit.

In the pool, brothers Oliver and Sam Hynd launched tonight's session with silver and bronze medals in the S8 400 metres freestyle, while Heather Frederiksen was second in the women's equivalent race and James Crisp won an S9 100m backstroke silver.

The medals kept coming when Steph Millward picked up another silver in the S9 100m backstroke, before Aaron Moores was runner-up in the S14 100m backstroke.

It was a day of heartbreak for British powerlifter Ali Jaward, though, who said he felt robbed after missing out on a medal.

The Lebanon-born athlete was hotly-tipped for a podium finish in men's under 56kg category but saw those chances dashed in gut-wrenching fashion.

After successfully completing 180kg and 185kg, Jawad went for a 189kg lift that would have seen him take silver.

The east London audience were in raptures as the 23-year-old looked to complete the lift, although two members of the jury deemed it a no lift.

After an appeal, Jawad was handed a second opportunity to lift 189kg but missed out again to mean he was left with the same best lift as Jian Wang, although the Chinese athlete took bronze as he was lighter by 140 grammes.

"I just want to thank the crowd," Jaward said. "They were really good today and I am just really sorry I let them down.

"I have given this everything. I don't know what I am going to do now."

Great Britain women's basketball coach Garry Peel, meanwhile, did not hold back after his side fell to a 51-24 defeat against Australia.

"They know that's not the way we play. It was an absolute disgrace what we put out there," Peel said.

Archer John Cavanagh reached the quarter-finals of the men's compound W1 and Paul Browne did likewise in the recurve W1/W2, but defending champion John Stubbs bowed out in the compound open event.

Jane Campbell won twice in Group E of the Class 3 table tennis, while there were also victories for Paul Karabardak, Jane Campbell, Robert Davies, Kim Daybell, Paul Davies and Sara Head.

Elsewhere, Britain's women lost 3-0 to Ukraine in the sitting volleyball, but the goalball team drew 1-1 with Finland, a score matched by the male five-a-side footballers against Spain.

On the basketball court, Britain's men fared little better than their female counterparts as their record also fell to 0-2 with a 70-54 loss to Canada.

Finally, the men's sitting volleyball team were beaten 3-0 by Egypt, 25-15 25-17 25-22.