Paralympics 2016: Aled Davies takes gold in shot put


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By Nilesh Patel

  • Team GB win two more medals in the athletics
  • Britain’s medal haul adds up to 63 in day five
  • David Weir fails to make podium in T54 400m final
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Day five on the track and field resulted in two medals for Team GB at the Paralympic Games.




Aled Davies was the first Brit to win gold on day five in Rio. The Welshman already held the World Record for the F42 Shot Put and beat the Paralympic record to win gold at the games.

Davies can now call himself a Paralympic champion as well as double World and European champion in his event, thanks to a throw of 15.97m. The F42 event is for athletes with impaired or amputated limbs.

Also on the track was Jonathan Broom-Edwards, who was a prospect to make the podium in the men’s T44 High Jump final. Again, the T44 event was for the athletes who had upper or lower body limbs affected or amputated.

Broom-Edwards eventually won silver in the event with a jump of 2.10m, just missing out on gold by 0.09m to his Polish counterpart.

Team GB had good news in the qualifiers with Libby Clegg – who won gold on Friday in the T11 100m – qualified easily in the women’s T11 200m along with her guide Chris Clarke.

David Weir unfortunately couldn’t add to his already impressive Paralympic tally as he finished fourth in the men’s T54 400m final.

Weir became a father for the fourth time just hours before his 400m heat but was unable to greet his new-born with a Paralympic medal. The 37-year-old will hope to change his fortunes in the T54 1500m final as he qualified second fastest in his heat yesterday.

The athletics programme for day six begins at 14:00 BST