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Equestrian silver for Coulthard

Peter Norfolk
Norfolk is the defending quad singles champion

British rider Felicity Coulthard won equestrian silver after a lively grade II freestyle test in Hong Kong.

Lancashire-based Coulthard performed to Fiddler on the Roof with her horse Rofellar and scored 71.06%.

She said: "I wasn't expecting a score as good as that as there were some errors but I gave it my best effort and I'm very very happy."

Peter Norfolk moved into the quad tennissemi-finals with a comfortable 6-0 6-1 victory over Sadahiro Kimura.

Norfolk will play number three seed Nick Taylor in Thursday's semi-finals after the American beat Athens bronze medallist Bas van Erp.

"There is a lot of pressure being the defending gold medallist," said number two seed Norfolk.

"But I thrive on the pressure. I like the crowds and people cheering."

Elsewhere, Lucy Shuker crashed out of the tennis to fifth seed Florence Gravellier.

The British number one stormed to the first set 6-2, but lost the second 6-3 and although she saved two match points in the decider, her French opponent triumphed 6-4.

"I was playing great tennis at the start, but I got nervous in the second set and started serving too many double faults" said Shuker.

"But after saving the match points felt I could have won it. I've now got to pick myself up for the doubles tomorrow with Jordanne Whiley."

In the men's doubles Alex Jewitt and Kevin Simpson and David Phillipson and Gordon Reid were also beaten, leaving Britain with no pairings left.

At the Shunyi rowing lake, Britain's legs, trunk and arms mixed coxed four of James Morgan, Vicki Hansford, Alistair McKean, Naomi Riches and Alan Sherman (cox) won their repechage comfortably to reach Thursday's final.

Morgan said: "We are delighted because we had an awful row on Tuesday in the heat.

"We were too psyched up and too eager to get on with it, so we didn't achieve what we can do. We have done that now."

The trunk and arms mixed double scull of Northern Ireland's Karen Cromie and Welshman James Roberts also qualified for Thursday's final, meaning Britain will be represented by four boats.

Individual silver medallist Nigel Murray led the British BC1/BC2 boccia team to a place in Thursday's quarter-finals.

Murray teamed up with David Smith, Dan Bentley and Zoe Robinson to beat Canada 7-6 and Argentina 6-4 to top Pool A and qualify.

The team are ranked first in the world, but they started slowly against Canada and were 5-2 down after three ends.

But they scored three in the final end to bring the score level at 6-6 and a victory in the tie-break ensured they won by a point.

Britain's women's basketball team lost 31-56 to reigning champions USA in their third pool A game.

But they remain hopeful of progressing to the quarter-final stages as they prepare to face Germany on Thursday.

Guard Jo Harper said: "Today gave us a kick up the backside for the rest of the competition."

But the men's team chalked up their third win in four matches with a 69-53 victory over Brazil in Group B to guarantee their place in the quarter-finals.

Terry Bywater, who scored 16 points, said: "We knew it would be tough, but it was a great performance - we knew if we won we would be in the quarter-final, so it's job done."

The result means Brazil cannot reach the knockout stages.

Britain's seven-a-side footballers are also out of the tournament after a 3-0 defeat to Iran.

"It's devastating," said Essex player Matt Ellis. "This is something we've been working towards for 18 months and now we're not going to get a chance of a podium finish. That was a winnable game."

But captain Jonathan Paterson said: "Although we lost I think our players did better than in the first game [a loss to Ukraine]. We had some opportunities but unfortunately couldn't score."

Powerlifter Natalie Blake's decision to drop two categories proved unsuccessful as the Newark finished sixth in the under-48kg event.

Blake finished fifth in Sydney and fourth in Athens in the under-56kg class and her heaviest lift on Wednesday of 97.5kg wasn't enough to raise her into the medals as Nigeria's Lucy Ejike took the gold with a world record of 130kg.

"I'm going to take some time out before I make a decision on my future and the possibility of London 2012," said Blake, 25. "But I love this sport and the people involved in it."

see also
Storeys add to GB cycling golds
10 Sep 08 |  Paralympics
Frederiksen leads swimming charge
10 Sep 08 |  Paralympics
Paralympic challengers: Peter Norfolk
02 Sep 08 |  Paralympics
A-Z of Paralympic classification
28 Aug 08 |  Paralympics
Paralympics on the BBC
25 Aug 08 |  Paralympics
GB Paralympic team for Beijing
24 Jul 08 |  Paralympics

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