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BBC Five Live's James Pearce
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Melanie Easter:
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Robert Allen and Andyrew Slater
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banner Monday, 23 October, 2000, 14:04 GMT 15:04 UK
Golds for Innes and Easter
Andrew Slater and Robert Allen
Slater (left) and Allen were edged out of cycling gold
Caroline Innes and Melanie Easter have added to Britain's haul of gold medals at the Paralympics with victories on the track and in the pool.

Innes stormed home in the T36 classification of the women's 400 metres in a new world record time of 1 minute 16.65 seconds, smashing Hazel Robson's previous world's best by nearly six seconds.

Robson herself just missed out on bronze despite also breaking her previous best by over a second.

Innes said: "I thought I'd win but not by such a a margin. I feel so relieved that this one's over."

Stuart second

Elsewhere on the track, Glasgow's Allan Stuart took silver in the 400m T20 race despite a stress fracture to his right leg.

Spain's Juan Lopez won in 48.70 and Andrew Newell of Australia was third in 49.33.

Stuart said: "I felt something go as I pushed out of the blocks which meant I just jogged round the bend. Looking at the time that won, I can do that in practice."

Janice Lawton won silver in the women's F33/34 discus final, losing out to Birgit Pohl of Germany who threw 19.66m.

Jonathan Ward just failed to reach a medal position when finishing fourth in the F13 classification of the men's discus despite a season's best throw of 44.55m.

Caroline Innes
Caroline Innes shattered the world record

Easter, meanwhile, grabbed gold in the pool. She won the women's 400m freestyle S12 final.

Her winning time was 4:53.95 - a Paralympic record. Garcia Arcicollar of Spain was second in 4:58.00 and Deborah Font of Spain was third in 5:01.68.

She said: "It was a tough swim. I didn't expect it to be as close as it was. I really wanted to go for the world record but I'm very happy to get gold and the Paralympic record."

Kirsty Stoneham finished out of the medal positions when she came fifth in 5:07.25.

Kenny Cairns won silver in the men's 200m freestyle S3 final in 4:08.22. France's Gaetan Dautresire won gold in 3:39.47 - a world record.

Protest

However, a post-race classification protest has been lodged.

Britain's Chris Pugh, Chris Hendy, Peter Snashall and Francis Dart won silver in the S14 relay final in a time of 4:03.00. Australia took gold and the Russian Federation were third.

Afterwards Dart said: "This is the best relay team that has ever been made. I don't think the Australian's world record will ever be touched. Our time was inside the old world record and under the British record by seven seconds."

Chris Fox won bronze in the 400m freestyle S13 in a time of 4:22.06. Enrique Floriano of Spain won the race in 4;16.20 and Wu Walter of Canada was second in 4;20.23.

Fox said: "I can't believe it. Seven seconds off my personal best. This is what I've been training for. I'll get the gold in four years time."

Elaine Barrett missed out on a medal when she was fourth in the F11 class of the event in 5:57.24.

Cycling silver

Robert Allen and Andrew Slater also boosted Britain's medal tally early on the fifth day of action in Sydney by winning silver in the Men's Tandem 1km Time Trial Open Final.

But despite breaking their own world record of 1:05.761 by .339 of a second, they were beaten into second by Shigeo Yoshihara and Koichi Mizusawa.

The Japanese duo won gold in a new world record time of 1:04.950.

This is the final competition the partnership will participate in as sighted pilot Slater has been included in cycling's able-bodied national team.

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