PARALYMPICS: Wales' Josie Pearson wins discus gold

GOLDEN GIRL: Abergavenny's Josie Pearson won gold in the discus today

GOLDEN GIRL: Abergavenny's Josie Pearson won gold in the discus today

First published in Sport

WALES' Josie Pearson has won a gold medal in the discus today, having broken the world record four times. Josie's medal is Wales' third gold in the London Paralympics. 

The Hay-on-Wye-based athlete, 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 Bristol-born Pearson 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.

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