Thursday, 8 September 2016

Paralympics 2016: Poster boy Dias wins gold, record for GB's Sarah Storey

Day one of competitive action gets under way at Rio Paralympics Brazil's poster boy Daniel Dias gets gold Briton Sarah Storey makes Paralympic history Belorussian banned after opening ceremony protest (CNN)After an emotional opening ceremony, the sporting action got under way on day one of the Rio Paralympic Games -- and what a start it was. There were 30 gold medals up for grabs across a wide range of sports and included the host nation's first Paralympic champion of 2016 and a British athlete making history. CNN brings you the highlights of an action-packed opening day. Games' first gold Kenya's Samwel Kimani kicked off day one of the Rio Paralympics by winning the first gold medal of the Games. Kimani powered to victory with a personal best of 15:16.11 in the men's 5,000m T11 class -- a category for blind athletes. It's the second gold for the 26-year-old, who set the world record winning the 1,500m at London 2012. Brazil's Odair Santos followed in silver position, while fellow Kenyan Eric Sang won the bronze -- sending the East African nation to the top of the medals table at the outset of the competition.

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