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4 Paralympic Gold Medals for Tuesday!
It turns out that we’re about as good as blind football as England is at normal football (which isn’t very good – we lost to the Islamic Republic of Iran after missing countless penalties… nothing new there then!) However swimming, horses, archery and track kept our gold medal tally rising to 23, although we’re now in danger of being over taken by the Russian Federation who also have 23 gold medals but sit in third place in the medal table as Britain have won more silvers.
We were missing a picture of Mickey Bushell’s gold medal stamp from his triumph in the 100m T53 sprint yesterday, but we’ve got it today. Mickey’s gold pillar box was also painted earlier today at Arleston Lane (at the junction with Windsor Road), in Telford.
Danielle Brown Archery Women’s Individual Compound, Open
Danielle Brown and Mel Clarke guaranteed Britain a gold medal by both making it to the final. Even then there was nothing to separate them barring Danielle’s last arrow which saw off the challenge from her British team-mate.
Danielle’s gold medal stamp is a lovely image of her just after releasing an arrow showing off her trademark pink hat. It will be available for purchase in Post Offices across the country from tomorrow including in Danielle’s hometown of Skipton in Yorkshire. Skipton is also where a pillar box will be painted gold in Danielle’s honour.
Heather Frederiksen Women’s S8 100m Backstroke
Winning her second medal of the London 2012 Paralympics, Heather Frederiksen has added a swimming gold to her earlier silver medal won in the S8 400m freestyle. It was an emphatic win as well, Heather was a whole 1.67 ahead of her nearest rival, Jessica Long from the USA.
Heather’s hometown of Leigh, Lancashire will be welcoming the painters tomorrow when a post box is painted gold in her honour. If you pop down to Leigh Post Office, Silk Street, Leigh you’ll be able to get your hands on Heather’s stamp as well as at 500 other Post Offices around the country.
Sophie Christiansen Equestrian Individual Freestyle Test, Grade Ia
There aren’t too many people who can claim to be a triple Paralympic gold medalist, but Sophie Christiansen is one of the elite triple gold medalists club. Riding Janeiro 6 Sophie added the freestyle gold to a team gold medal and individual championship title.
A true Brit, Sophie and Janeiro 6’s routine musical freestyle routine included Land of Hope and Glory as well as Big Ben’s chimes and a quotation from Shakespeare’s Richard II.
Royal Mail will rush Sophie’s third gold medal stamp to the Post Office in the High Street in Sophie’s home town of Maidenhead where you’ll be able to purchase it from tomorrow.
David Weir Men’s T54 1500m
In the last lap of the men’s wheelchair 1500m race David Weir hit the front at the bell and from then on he was driving for home to win his 2nd gold of the Games. The last lap was no walkover with Prawat Wahoram of Thailand pushing him all the way to the finish line.
We should have a copy of David’s second gold medal stamp to show you tomorrow to celebrate yet another British Paralympic double gold medalist!