Bath sailor Alexandra Rickham helps makes British Paralympic history
Helena Lucas could not hide her relief after securing Paralympic gold on a historic day for British sailing.
Team GB is the most successful nation in Olympic sailing history but, somewhat surprisingly, their Paralympic counterparts came into London 2012 without a medal since the sport’s introduction 12 years ago.
However, that barren spell was ended yesterday as, with the final race of the series cancelled due to a lack of wind at Portland Harbour, medals were awarded on the standings after the opening 10 races.
As a result, University of Bath graduate Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell took SKUD bronze and Lucas won gold in the 2.4mR class after a week of domination from the only woman in the 16-boat fleet.
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Bath’s Ben Rushgrove won bronze in the T36 200m after finishing a disappointing sixth the 100m. The 24-year-old clocking a new personal best of 24.83 seconds in the longer sprint.
Bath graduate Paul Blake, who took silver in the T36 400 metres, followed it up by claiming bronze in the T36 800m.
And swimmer Steph Millward picked up her fourth medal of the Games with a silver in the SM9 200m individual medley.