Storey, De Oliveira, Konstantinidis Star On Day 1

Hosts Brazil celebrated their first gold medal at the Paralympic games when Ricardo Costa de Oliveira triumphed in the men’s long jump t11 final. De Oliveira’s final jump measured 6.52 metres to beat world champion Lex Gillette of America, who had to settle for silver for the fourth successive games. A world record fell on the first day of power lifting when Vietnam’s le van cong hoisted 183 kg to take gold in the -49 kg category. Omar Qarada, of Jordan had been leading but Cong’s effort relegated him into the silver medal place. Slovakian Veronika Vadovicova won the women’s 10m air rifle standing sh1 class, at which she also won gold in Beijing in 2008. She beat China’s Zhang Cuiping and Yan Yaping into silver and bronze places respectively. Cyclist Sarah storey became great Britain’s most successful female Paralympian by winning the 12th gold of her career in the c5 3000 meters individual pursuit in the Velodrome, where she caught compatriot crystal lane before the half way stage in the final. Storey’s gold medal haul includes four on the track, three in road racing and five in swimming. In judo, Sherzod Namozov of Uzbekistan defeated Hiroso Makoto of Japan in the final of the men’s -60kg competition. Shot putter Thanasis Konstantinidis of Greece broke the world record three times on his way to winning gold in the f32 category, the 46-year-old was the oldest competitor and measured 10.39 metres to claim the gold

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