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Updated: 08/09/2012 13:53 | By pa.press.net

Pearson grabs discus gold for GB



Great Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take gold

Great Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take gold

Josie Pearson, who broke her neck in car accident aged 17, set three new world records to take Great Britain's gold medal haul at the Olympic Stadium into double figures by winning the discus title.

The 26-year-old had to give up wheelchair racing after being told the risk of further injury was too great and only took up throwing 18 months ago. But the Bristol-born athlete launched the disc out to 6.38, 6.54 and then 6.58 metres with her first three throws of the competition, extending the F51 record on each occasion.

With the competition also including F52 and 53 athletes, the distances were converted into points, with Pearson's 1122 putting her 242 clear of the rest of the field. Such was her dominance any of her six throws would have been good enough to win the gold.

After Jonnie Peacock, David Weir and Hannah Cockroft ensured last night live up to its billing as 'Thriller Thursday', Pearson's success kept the British gold medal bandwagon moving apace.

Pearson, who became the first woman to represent ParalympicsGB at wheelchair rugby four years ago, has thrown 6.66m this summer, but the distance was not ratified and so ineligible for the record books. Ireland's Catherine O'Neill won silver with a throw of 5.66m for 880 points.

Richard Whitehead produced another late burst to book his place in the final of the T42 100m.

The double above-the-knee amputee, as he did to take the 200m crown, came roaring through from way down the field in the second half of the race to beat American Shaquille Vance to third place.

The Nottingham athlete, who is also incredibly the marathon world record holder, finished in a personal best of 12.97 seconds.

The 100m crown, though, is likely to be beyond him tonight as the distance does not give him enough time to make up for his slow starts.

Another gold medal winner, Mickey Bushell, made it into the final of his second event, the T53 200m, as a fastest loser. Scott Moorhouse finished seventh in the F42 javelin and Kyron Duke eighth in the F40 javelin.

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07/09/2012 22:48
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Well done Josie Pearson, an absolutely fantastic achievement today. I wish the rest of the paralympic team had shown the same guts and determination today. we have had super thursdays and golden saturdays but today should be called Golden Josie. It seems as if you are the only athlete other than Louise Watkins who actually appeared today with intend to win. I have a very funny feeling that perhaps today should be called hangover friday! I think the entire occasion for many paralympic athletes is becoming too much and that many may be celebrating far too early. The interviews, the TV appearances etc should all be left until after the games has finished. Today you where a super star, with dedication and the will to win, lets hope that tomorrow the coaches earn there distinction and tell the athletes to focus until the final whistle sounds. Well done again Josie for being so dedicated to your sport and also to Louise Watkins for pulling back an absolutely huge amount of time to achieve silver. Your swim alone deserved gold! It is so fantastic to see such dedicated and focused athletes. P.S. Please tell the rest of the paralympic GB team to stop celebrating until the games are over. Russia are so very close to destroying the target set to finish second. If the team cannot and does not acheive a target set for a home paralymics then sponsorship towards Rio may be lost. The entire team has got to focus or everything that has been achieved earlier can be lost. Waken up Paralympic Team GB and give Sensational Saturday. Then you can walk into Sundays ceremony knowing that you have won the nation. If you finish Third in your own Nations games then you will never ever be remembered.
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Pearson grabs discus gold for GBJosie Pearson, who broke her neck in car accident aged 17, set three new world records to take Great Britain's gold medal haul at the Olympic Stadium into double figures by winning the discus title.pa.press.net2012-09-08T13:53:582012-09-08T13:53:58Great Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldJosie Pearson, who broke her neck in car accident aged 17, set three new world records to take Great Britain's gold medal haul at the Olympic Stadium into double figures by winning the discus title.The 26-year-old had to give up wheelchair racing after being told the risk of further injury was too great and only took up throwing 18 months ago. But the Bristol-born athlete launched the disc out to 6.38, 6.54 and then 6.58 metres with her first three throws of the competition, extending the F51 record on each occasion.With the competition also including F52 and 53 athletes, the distances were converted into points, with Pearson's 1122 putting her 242 clear of the rest of the field. Such was her dominance any of her six throws would have been good enough to win the gold.After Jonnie Peacock, David Weir and Hannah Cockroft ensured last night live up to its billing as 'Thriller Thursday', Pearson's success kept the British gold medal bandwagon moving apace.Pearson, who became the first woman to represent ParalympicsGB at wheelchair rugby four years ago, has thrown 6.66m this summer, but the distance was not ratified and so ineligible for the record books. Ireland's Catherine O'Neill won silver with a throw of 5.66m for 880 points.Richard Whitehead produced another late burst to book his place in the final of the T42 100m.The double above-the-knee amputee, as he did to take the 200m crown, came roaring through from way down the field in the second half of the race to beat American Shaquille Vance to third place.The Nottingham athlete, who is also incredibly the marathon world record holder, finished in a personal best of 12.97 seconds.The 100m crown, though, is likely to be beyond him tonight as the distance does not give him enough time to make up for his slow starts.Another gold medal winner, Mickey Bushell, made it into the final of his second event, the T53 200m, as a fastest loser. Scott Moorhouse finished seventh in the F42 javelin and Kyron Duke eighth in the F40 javelin.seo_keywordsParas Pearson F12Great Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take gold
Pearson grabs discus gold for GBJosie Pearson, who broke her neck in car accident aged 17, set three new world records to take Great Britain's gold medal haul at the Olympic Stadium into double figures by winning the discus title.pa.press.net2012-09-08T13:53:582012-09-08T13:53:58Great Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldJosie Pearson, who broke her neck in car accident aged 17, set three new world records to take Great Britain's gold medal haul at the Olympic Stadium into double figures by winning the discus title.The 26-year-old had to give up wheelchair racing after being told the risk of further injury was too great and only took up throwing 18 months ago. But the Bristol-born athlete launched the disc out to 6.38, 6.54 and then 6.58 metres with her first three throws of the competition, extending the F51 record on each occasion.With the competition also including F52 and 53 athletes, the distances were converted into points, with Pearson's 1122 putting her 242 clear of the rest of the field. Such was her dominance any of her six throws would have been good enough to win the gold.After Jonnie Peacock, David Weir and Hannah Cockroft ensured last night live up to its billing as 'Thriller Thursday', Pearson's success kept the British gold medal bandwagon moving apace.Pearson, who became the first woman to represent ParalympicsGB at wheelchair rugby four years ago, has thrown 6.66m this summer, but the distance was not ratified and so ineligible for the record books. Ireland's Catherine O'Neill won silver with a throw of 5.66m for 880 points.Richard Whitehead produced another late burst to book his place in the final of the T42 100m.The double above-the-knee amputee, as he did to take the 200m crown, came roaring through from way down the field in the second half of the race to beat American Shaquille Vance to third place.The Nottingham athlete, who is also incredibly the marathon world record holder, finished in a personal best of 12.97 seconds.The 100m crown, though, is likely to be beyond him tonight as the distance does not give him enough time to make up for his slow starts.Another gold medal winner, Mickey Bushell, made it into the final of his second event, the T53 200m, as a fastest loser. Scott Moorhouse finished seventh in the F42 javelin and Kyron Duke eighth in the F40 javelin.seo_keywordsParas Pearson F12Great Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take goldGreat Britain's Josie Pearson dominated her event to take gold

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