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Golden haul for GB on opening day

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Video - Four British golds on first day

Britain won four gold medals on the first day of action to get their Paralympics off to a flying start.

Cyclists Simon Richardson, Aileen McGlynn and Darren Kenny broke world records in the Laoshan Velodrome.

And swimmer Sascha Kindred won the 200m individual medley SM6 in a new world record of two minutes 42.19 seconds.

Du Jianping claimed China's first gold in the men's S3 100m freestyle, while South Africa's Natalie du Toit took the S9 100m butterfly race by four seconds.

Du Toit, who finished 16th in the Olympics 10km Open Water race in August, lowered her own world record in the heats by almost half a second and shaved more off in the final, winning in 1:06.74.

Britain's first gold medals of the Games came in the velodrome where they dominated the opening day's racing.

Welshman Richardson, 41, won the LC3/4 1km time trial in a new world best 1:14.936, while 38-year-old Kenny from Dorset, shattered his own CP3 world record by six seconds before winning the individual pursuit.

And Scotland's tandem rider McGlynn, along with Welsh pilot Ellen Hunter, retained the B&VI 1-3 1km time trial title they won in Athens in another record time of 1:09.066.

Elsewhere, Veronika Vadovicova won the first gold of the 2008 Games, and Slovakia's first Paralympic title, in the R2-10m air rifle standing with a score of 494.8 points.

Slovakia's Veronika Vadovicova
Vadovicova won the first gold medal of the 2008 Paralympics

British shooter Di Coates, who was bidding to win a ninth Paralympic gold medal, finished just one point short of qualifying for the eight-woman final after recording 385 in qualifying.

"I couldn't get into a rhythm at first," she said. "But with shooting the harder you try the worse it gets.

"I managed to pull it back but it was too late. If I'd shot 10 on my last one I would have been in the final."

Brighton student Ben Quilter missed out on -60kg judo bronze after producing an exceptional performance in the repechage final.

Quilter beat Sergio Perez of Cuba, who won the title in 2000 and 2004, but lost his third-place fight to Azerbaijan's Ramin Ibrahimov on an ippon.

Darren Harris, competing in the under-66kg category, lost his opening match against Cuba's Victor Sanchez by an ippon and then lost to Venuzuela's Marcos Falcon on points.

In Hong Kong, Simon Laurens opened with a safe and solid performance in the morning session of the team dressage.

He scored 69.538% for second place on Ocean Diamond behind German leader Hannelore Brenner on 71.615%.


Nigel Murray made an excellent start in his attempt to regain the boccia title he won in Sydney eight years ago, winning both his opening matches.

Murray dominated his first pool match against Keri Bonner from New Zealand, winning 17-0, then went on to beat Japan's Takayuki Hirose 10-0.

Britain's women lost their opening wheelchair basketball match against Athens silver medallists Australia.

Sally Wager was Britain's top scorer with five points, but Cobi Crispin netted 16 for the Australians as they cruised to a 59-30 victory.

But the men's team crushed the hosts China 81-34 in their opening game in Group B.

Simon Munn, who led the scoring with 19 points, said: "First game, first win. That's all that counts."

But coach Murray Treseder disagreed. "We won but it wasn't a high standard," he said.

"We'll need to be considerably better to beat the other teams in our pool."

Commonwealth table tennis champion Sue Gilroy won both of her class 4 matches, while Dave Wetherill caused a big upset on his Paralympic debut - the 19-year-old beat Athens bronze medallist Rainer Schmidt of Germany 3-1 in Class 6.

Dave Clarke won his 100th international cap as the men lost their inaugural five-a-side football match 3-0 to China.

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Kindred takes gold with spirited display

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