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GB collect three equestrian golds

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Dunham has won two previous Paralympic golds in the team events

Great Britain enjoyed a successful day in the equestrian Para-dressage events, taking three golds and a silver.

Anne Dunham led a British one-two on her horse Teddy ahead of team-mate Sophie Christiansen and Lambrusco III in the individual test grade 1A event.

Lee Pearson claimed gold on Gentleman in individual Test grade 1B, with team-mate Ricky Balshaw in fifth place.

And the British quartet of Dunham, Pearson, Christiansen and Simon Laurens took gold in the overall team event.

They produced an overall score of 439.608, over 26 points ahead of Germany, who took the silver medal.

Despite winning three Paralympic team golds and five world championship titles, an individual crown had previously eluded Dunham.

"I can't believe it, I'm scared to pinch myself in case I wake up," said the 59-year-old, who has multiple sclerosis.

But she produced a magnificent performance with Teddy to win the final with an impressive score of 73.10%.

Nigel Murray in action in the individual boccia final
Murray will be back in action on Wednesday

"It's been a long time coming. As I'll be 60 this year this is an early birthday present," said the Wiltshire-based rider.

Christiansen - who won bronze in Athens - finished with a score of 72.80%. "I knew it would be close but I'm really happy for Anne," said the student from Berkshire.

There was disappointment for Debbie Criddle in the individual test grade III event, finishing outside the medals in fifth, with team-mate Laurens in eighth.

Elsewhere, boccia player Nigel Murray won a silver medal after losing the individual final.

Boccia is open to athletes with cerebral palsy and other severe physical disabilities who compete from a wheelchair.

Murray, 44, failed to capitalise on a 3-1 advantage and had to settle for silver after a 5-3 defeat by Karen Hoi Ying Kwok.

"It feels like I have lost the gold rather than won the silver," he said.

I came out here to do one thing and that's win

Tennis star Peter Norfolk

Sam Ingram won a bronze medal in the men's 90kg judo category, defeating Germany's Sebastian Junk in the repechage.

World number two Peter Norfolk made a successful start to his defence of the quad singles tennis title.

He beat Dutch player Monique de Beer of 6-1 6-1 to book a quarter-final match against Japan's Sadahiro Kimura.

"I am getting into the tournament and can feel what it's like. I came out here to do one thing and that's win," he said.

Norfolk's doubles partner Jamie Burdekin lost his first round singles match, though, going down 2-6 4-6 to Shraga Weinberg, while David Phillipson went out to Martin Legner of Austria, 6-0 6-0.

There were victories for both of GB's wheelchair basketball teams with the men defeating the USA 54-50 while the women enjoyed a more comfortable 61-29 win over Brazil.

Rowing made its Paralympic debut on Tuesday and Tom Aggar set a world best of 5:12.25 to win his heat of the men's arms only single scull.

Surrey's Helene Raynsford won her heat convincingly, holding off Luidmila Vauchok from Belarus to qualify directly to Thursday's final of the women's arms only single scull.

Britain's legs, trunk and arms mixed coxed four finished second behind Italy in their heat and must will race in repechage on Wednesday, as will Karen Cromie and James Roberts, who were third in their heat of the trunk and arms mixed double scull.

Anthony Peddle was beset by injury problems as he finished in 12th place in the men's powerlifting final.

The Northampton lifter failed to make a successful lift because of a shoulder problem.

ParalympicsGB notched up their first victory in the five-a-side football with a 2-1 win over Korea.

Dave Clarke was once again on the scoresheet, finding the target in the 24th minute to record his 96th international goal.

European bronze medallist James Bevis failed to qualify for the men's R5 10m air rifle prone final after finishing in a disappointing 19th place.

Britain's sailors struggled to improve on their overnight positions on the second day of sailing in Qingdao and lie out of the medals with five of the 11 Paralympic races completed.

Teenager David Wetherill narrowly missed out on qualification to the next round of the men's table tennis singles, losing to Athens bronze medallist Rainer Schmidt.

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