ParalympicsGB team better London tally

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Paralympics 2016: Hannah Cockroft wins T34 800m to claim third gold in Rio

ParalympicsGB surpassed their London 2012 medal tally of 120 on day nine of the Games in Rio.

The team have now won 123 medals, including eight more golds on Friday.

Gordon Reid beat compatriot Alfie Hewett in the wheelchair tennis final, Hannah Cockroft clinched the T34 800m and Lee Pearson, Sophie Christiansen and Natasha Baker won in the dressage.

Paul Blake took T36 400m gold, there was boccia success for David Smith and John Walker landed archery gold.

Sophie Wells, 26, and 67-year-old Anne Dunham both won silver in the dressage, and another silver went to T1-2 road cyclist David Stone.

There was also medal success in the table tennis as Will Bayley, Aaron McKibbin and Ross Wilson won class 6-8 bronze in the team event.

And discus thrower Dan Greaves maintained his record of having won a medal at every Games, by winning his fifth in his fifth Paralympics. This time it was bronze for Leicestershire-born 33-year-old in the F44 final.

Britain have a total of 57 gold medals from these Games and reached the 50 mark when Blake won his T36 race in a time of 54.49 seconds – nearly a second clear of Ukraine’s Roman Pavlyk and New Zealander William Stedman.

UK Sport set ParalympicsGB a target of 121 medals, which was achieved when Cockroft blitzed the field to win in the Olympic Stadium and team-mate Kare Adenegan took bronze.

The team have also surpassed the 122 medals won at Atlanta 1996.

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‘That mark is incredible’

Reaction to Great Britain’s achievement soon followed.

SM6 gold medallist swimmer Sascha Kindred told BBC Radio 5 live: “When we competed in London and reached the mark we thought it’d be hard to beat.

“This team has worked hard in training and to pass that mark is incredible. I’m so glad to be part of this team. Paralympics GB has done an amazing job.”

UK sports minister Tracey Crouch