Our region's athletes on their quest for Paralympic glory

Oliver Hynd
Oliver Hynd in action in the Men's 100m Butterfly S8 heat Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Hannah Cockroft from Halifax powered to glory and a gold medal watched by 80,000 in the T34 100m in 18.06 seconds.

Hannah Cockroft
Hannah Cockroft during the women's 100m T34 Round 1 Credit: John Walton/PA Wire

The region picked up it's first medals of the games thanks to the Hynd brothers from North Nottinghamshire. They were favourites to pick up a gold in the pool but sadly they had to settle for silver and bronze.

The surprise winner of the 400 metres S 8 class was Wang Yinan from China. The boys from Kirby in Ashfield near Mansfield, had led the race for much of the distance in the Aquatics centre at the Olympic Park and Wang wasn't expected to be able to hang on.

He did though and Olly picked up the silver and Sam had to be content with the bronze. A great swim but they just missed out on that precious gold.

Oliver Hynd
Oliver Hynd after the Men's 100m Butterfly S8 heat Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

It was a silver for Leeds swimmer Claire Cashmore, in the SB8 women’s 100 metres breaststroke, continuing Yorkshire’s remarkable run.

This was her third Paralympics. In Athens and Beijing, she came away with bronze medals. Now at 24, she had qualified fastest in the morning heats but couldn't catch Russia’s Olesya Vladykina, who won in a world-record time of 1min 17.60sec.

Sophie Wells
Sophie Wells and Pinocchio win silver Credit: Kevin Sparrow

And Sophie Wells from Newark has taken silver with a score of 76.323% to win Great Britain's third equestrian medal of the games so far. On Tuesday she is competing in the Freestyle to Music class.