GB stars hoping for Super Saturday

Hillingdon Times: Ellie Simmonds is setting her sights on gold in the pool Ellie Simmonds is setting her sights on gold in the pool

Darling of the pool Ellie Simmonds and Equestrian ace Lee Pearson are among the stars who will be going for gold on what is hoped will be a Super Saturday for ParalympicsGB.

The 17-year-old is waiting to see if she will face her main rival Victoria Arlen, who will be reassessed following the qualifier in the S6 400m freestyle.

Pearson is another strong gold medal contender, as he bids for a 10th Paralympic gold medal in the Grade 1b individual championship. And, fresh off the back of his controversial non-start on Friday, Jody Cundy will be hoping to make amends as he returns to the velodrome in the C4 4km individual pursuit.

Cundy bowed out of the C4/5 1km time trial after his back wheel spun and slipped at the start. His appeal for a restart was denied - leaving him to make an expletive-laden emotional outburst as the fans jeered in disbelief. He later took to the microphone to apologise to the cheering velodrome fans.

In the same event, war hero Jon-Allan Butterworth won a silver medal. Butterworth, who lost an arm in a rocket attack on Basra air station in Iraq in 2007, said after his thrilling ride: "It's amazing. The crowd really got behind me and it was a great feeling."

It was a day of elation, tears and tantrums as Britain landed 20 medals, including four gold, 11 silver and five bronze medals - putting them third in the table.

There were ecstatic scenes in the stadium as Halifax-based Hannah Cockroft raced to victory in the #T34 100 metre final with a blistering performance. Cockroft, 20, who has cerebral palsy, appeared stunned as she crossed the line - in her wheelchair called "Sally" - sending stadium into raptures.

Ex-soldier Derek Derenalagi, who battled back from the brink of death after losing both his legs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan, also received a hero's welcome as he proudly took part in the F57 discus.

Welsh cycling superstar Mark Colbourne smashed the world record and won a gold medal in a day of high drama and emotion in the velodrome. Colbourne, 42, who fought his way back from a broken back caused by a paragliding accident, became the toast of Paralympic cycling by bagging gold in a devastatingly fast ride in the 3km pursuit. Also in the velodrome, Shaun McKeown and Darren Kenny finished with medals in the C3 3km individual pursuit.

Inspirational Martine Wright, who lost both her legs after being horrifically injured in the 7/7 bombings, fulfilled her dream of representing her country at the Paralympics. Wright, who proudly wears the number seven shirt in recognition of the day that changed her life, took her place in Britain's sitting volleyball team.

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