Daniel Pembroke set a new Paralympic record to win gold in the F13 javelin final after a delayed start due to torrential rain in Tokyo while Dan Greaves became the first Paralympian to win an athletics medal for Britain in six consecutive Games after bronze in the F64 discus final.
Pembroke’s throw of 69.52m in the third round of the javelin competition was nearly four metres further than the record as the 30-year-old secured ParalympicsGB’s first medal in the men’s F13 event.
“It is the best day of my life. It is an amazing experience and I can’t put it into words, I know everyone says that but it is true,” he said.
Three-times world champion Greaves, who won his first medal at Sydney 2000, secured bronze with a best throw of 53.56 metres. That effort was 38cm ahead of USA’s David Blair and though disappointed with the distance, Greaves was delighted at overcoming five difficult years of injury to reach the podium once more at the age of 38.
Greaves, who now has one gold, two silvers and three bronze from his six Games to surpass the record of Tanni Grey-Thompson, said: “I thought I had maybe had my day but it is nice to walk away with a medal from another Games.