Team GB win historic gold medal in wheelchair rugby at the Paralympic Games
Team GB have won their first-ever gold medal in the wheelchair rugby (Reuters)
Team GB have won their first-ever wheelchair rugby gold medal at a Paralympic Games with a 54-49 victory over USA.
The sport, which was originally called ‘murderball’ due its aggressive and full-contact clashes, was first introduced as a full event at the Paralympics in 2000.
But a medal had eluded Great Britain until Tokyo after defeats in the bronze-medal play-offs in 2004 and 2008.
In their final against USA on Sunday, Team GB led the way throughout but the score was always tight and a brilliant performance in the final quarter played a key role in securing gold.
Captain Jim Roberts led the way by scoring 24 tries, while Stuart Robinson, who is a British Royal Air Force veteran, scored 14 tries.
‘What an amazing shift that was,’ Roberts said after Team GB’s historic win.
Team GB’s captain Jim Roberts scored 24 tries against USA (Reuters)
‘That was one to remember. I play to win every game I go into, so that’s what I wanted to come for. We knew there woul dbe some amazing teams here.
‘USA are a class act, and it was just amazing to meet them in the final.
Stuart Robinson, who is a British Royal Air Force veteran, scored 14 tries in the final (Getty)
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‘They always beat us in the major tournaments and it was nice to put a nail in that one.’
Japan, who Team GB beat to reach Sunday’s final, beat defending champions Australia to win the bronze-medal match 60-52.
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