Wiggs takes Paralympic gold with personal best time

The British Emma Wiggs made her name in history by winning the first Paralympic gold in the Va’a Paracanoe with a devastating victory in Tokyo.

Wiggs drove home with a personal best of 57.028 seconds and took the glory in the VL2 standings, 4.453 seconds ahead of Australian Susan Seipel.

The British Jeanette Chippington won the 100th medal from GB in Japan with bronze in a time of 1: 02.149 – the 14th medal of her glamorous career, which began 33 years ago as a swimmer.

Paracanoe – which consists of sprint races over a 200-meter straight stretch – made its debut in Rio 2016 with the Va’a boat introduced for the Tokyo Games, which participated in kayaking competitions.

Wiggs took control of her finale at the Sea Forest Waterway from the start, letting out a roar of emotion after crossing the line before slamming into the water repeatedly.

The 41-year-old former sedentary volleyball player lost her legs after contracting a mysterious virus while shearing sheep in the Blue Mountains of Australia.

She is also the reigning Paralympic Champion in the KL2 class and will defend that title on Saturday, with GB World Champion Charlotte Henshaw being a big rival.

Chippington, paralyzed on both legs, collected 12 medals in the Paralympic Pool between 1988 and 2004, including two gold medals in Atlanta in 1996.

After taking over the paddle, she won numerous world and European titles and drove to the glory of KL1 in Brazil five years ago.

The 51-year-old, whose parents had traveled to watch each of her previous game appearances, lost her father David in April last year after contracting Covid-19.

Robert Oliver, who was infected with the corona virus only six weeks ago, secured a third British Paracanoe medal of the day with bronze in the KL3 men’s class.

Oliver burst into tears after finishing 41.268 and holding off a late climb from Australian Dylan Littlehales.

Ukrainian Serhii Yemelianov took gold in 40.355, ahead of Russian silver medalist Leonid Kylov with 40.644.

Briton Ian Marsden finished eighth in the men’s KL1 final in a time of 52,848.

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