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Josie Pearson wins gold in women's discus at London Paralympics
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- Josie Pearson wins gold and breaks the world record.
- Sascha Kindred says he is proud to be from Herefordshire and waves to the crowd after his final event at the Paralympics.
That's it from the Hereford Times live blog today.
And what a day it has been for Herefordshire sport.
Josie Pearson wins Paralympic gold in the discus and achieves three world record throws.
And Sascha Kindred reaches the final of his event and, although he was disqualified, he was in good heart afterwards.
Everyone in Herefordshire should be proud of our Paralympians.
This morning I tied down @josiepearson - well done for your gold in discuss! #wow #privalidged— @RosieBreakwell 07 September 2012
RT @styler_95: Wow that blonde discuss thrower in the paralympics is beautiful #josiePearson #teamGB— @boffordx 07 September 2012
Josie is now being interviewed live in the stadium and it is being shown on the big screens.
What a day she's had!
The crowd are on their feet and Josie looked a picture as she sang the National Anthem.
She looked so happy and she deserves the roars and cheers.
Josie will remember this moment for the rest of her life.
She has collected a gold medal in front of 80,000 people in the Olympic Stadium.
We'll be seeing a lot more of Josie in the discus.
Here comes Josie and she waves to her friends in the crowd.
Managed to get a good spot to see Josie's gold medal ceremony.
It will take place in around five minutes.
RT @philmoore37: @SashKindred we are all proud of what you have done sash a great effort well done on swimming PB times and that Silver ...— @Debidge 07 September 2012
We've made a splash exit from the pool and back in the Olympic Stadium.
Josie Pearson will be collecting her gold medal at around 7.40pm.
It might bring tears to the eyes..
Sascha was in a relaxed mood after his final race of the Games.
He said: "It's not the greatest of my last swim's at the Games but the medley was my focus.
"I can't be too disappointed with my performances, especially in the medley.
"I am just glad that I had the opportunity to swim in front of that crowd.
"I will have to go back home and reevaluate what I have done and I know I can go quicker in the medley.
"This is by far the best Games that I have ever been to.
"I am proud with the way I have trained for this and the support I've had from the Herefordshire community, my coaches, Emma Patrick and Ben Harwood.
"It has been a successful day for Herefordshire with Josie Pearson getting a gold in the discus.
"I am very proud to be part of the Herefordshire community. Four of us have got medals and I can't wait to get back and celebrate with them and show the medals to the county."
We have just heard that Sascha has been disqualified.
New world record for Qing. Incredible.
Fifth for Sascha Kindred.
That was a superb effort from Sascha.
Sascha is introduced to the crowd and gets a huge roar of appreciation.
Whatever happens after this race, he has been one of Britain's most successful ever sportsmen.
Sascha and wife Nyree are called the 'golden couple' of British swimming and they deserve the title, too.
The couple are fantastic ambassadors for swimming and, of course, Herefordshire.
Sascha goes in lane seven.
Here we go...
The 50m butterfly is a 'splash and dash'.
The race will be won in around 30 seconds.
We've got some medal ceremonies coming up before the men's 50m butterfly final involving Sascha.
Sascha is swimming in the fifth final of tonight's schedule.
The first race has just got under way.
It's hot in the arena tonight and it's not a full-house yet.
Josie Pearson is being presented with her gold medal in the Olympic Stadium at around 7.30pm.
The action tonight centres on Hereford's Sascha Kindred at the Aquatic Centre.
The six-time Paralympic champion is racing in the final of the men's 50 m butterfly S6 at 6.23pm.
Commenting on Josie's amazing achievement, Brecon and Radnorshire MP, Roger Williams said:
‘Josie’s victory is a tremendous achievement and we can all be extremely proud of her.
“Finishing 242 points clear of her nearest rival and breaking the World Record for three categories demonstrates what a fine athlete Josie is.
“Josie’s success adds to what has been Great Britain’s finest Olympic and Paralympic performance in more than a century and will undoubtedly serve to inspire a generation, just as the London 2012 Games had intended.”
Shop assistant Brenda Jones, from the Number Two shop in Hay-on-Wye, which is owned by Josie Pearson's mum Sue: "One of the assistants in London rung us to say that she had won gold - we are all so excited for her.
"We have told half of Hay about it.
"She has done wonderfully well and to break three world records as well.
"But we knew that she do it."
On the possibility that Hay could have a postbox painted gold, Brenda added: "It would be lovely if it happened as it would mean that it won't just be the book festival that puts Hay on the map."
poster in mums shop for @josie_pearson #GOLD #GBParalympics http://t.co/pjPnRiV4— @_emilylou 07 September 2012
@stephenfry Mission of the day for you. Get @josie_pearson #trending on #twitter #GBParalympics2012 #homeadvantage #josiepearson— @AmyWrightArt 07 September 2012
RT @ianchad_tele: Another unreal Para tale. 9yrs after breaking neck in crash that killed her boyfriend, Josie Pearson wins discus gold ...— @ChrisPhillips_ 07 September 2012
RT @London2012: Pic: Josie Pearson (GB) broke the world record on her way to gold in the women's Discus Throw F51/52/53 earlier today ht ...— @Raymond0314 07 September 2012
@josie_pearson congratulations my beautiful friend you have done us all at home so proud !! #stillloose— @PriceyEssex 07 September 2012
@HTnewsroom Just off out to get bottle of fizz to drink while watching @josie_pearson medal ceremony at 7.30 #whatagirl— @WendyJButcher 07 September 2012
Just to recap:
Women's discus throw F51/52/53 final
Winner: JOSIE PEARSON 6.38, 6.54, 6.58, 6.04, 6.51, 6.57.
Result: 6.58, 1122 points and new world record.
Second: Catherine O'Neill (Ireland) 5.66, 5.45, 5.59, 5.62, 5.61, 5.51.
Result: 5.66, 880 points.
Third: Zena Cole (USA) 5.02, 5.14, 5.25, 4.94, 4.84, 5.16.
Result: 5.25, 7.71 points.
RT @benefittraining: GOLD @josie_pearson you are amazing!!! Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx so happy right now!! #TeamPearson— @pughieno1 07 September 2012
Amazing! RT “@HTnewsroom Josie Pearson gets gold, Sascha & Nyree Kindred silver & James Bevis bronze. Inspirational" All train at RNC #proud— @RNC_official 07 September 2012
RT @_emilylou: poster in mums shop for @josie_pearson #GOLD #GBParalympics http://t.co/pjPnRiV4— @Mike_Reardon 07 September 2012
Josie is looking forward to collecting her gold medal tonight.
"I think the ceremony is at 7.30pm I think," she said.
"hopefully there will be a big crowd.
"I think my parents have got tickets to see it but I don't think all my friends have tickets to see it."
She added: "I can't wait."
Josie says the golden postbox should be in Hay-on-Wye.
"I can't wait to see my golden postbox and my stamp.
"I live in Hay and I hope the postbox will be somewhere in Hay.
"I am hoping that people will come and see it.
"I am bringing it back to Hay-on-Wye."
"A massive thank you to my personal trainers Dave Smith and Ben Harwood.
"I am in the best shape of my life. Thank you to everyone who has supported me - friends, family and social media networks - it really does make a difference."
RT @TheGamesFamily: RT @FranPayne: Congrats Josie Pearson! Make some noise? No problem #paralympics #discus @ ... http://t.co/XoeETVQW— @ClaireWynarczyk 07 September 2012
Josie said: "It has been amazing. I can't quite put into words how I am feeling at the moment. I don't think I will believe I am Paralympic champion until I get that gold medal around my neck.
"I knew that in training I was consistently throwing over the world record so I knew that it was a definite possibility that I could do it."
Josie beat the world record with her first three throws.
"I am absolutely ecstatic."
Gold, gold, gold! That's the first of the day for @ParalympicsGB. @josie_pearson set a World Record in the F51/52/53 discus - you beauty.— @C4Paralympics 07 September 2012
@josie_pearson massive congratulations hun. Awesome throwing @HTnewsroom #Herefordshire— @SashKindred 07 September 2012
Little old Herefordshire? Not any more thanks to @josie_pearson @sashkindred @nyreekindredGB and James Bevis. #inspirational #paralympics— @podge1983 07 September 2012
RT @HTnewsroom: Could this post box in Cusop be painted gold following @josie_pearson winning the women's discus? http://t.co/cWSu5rHM— @WendyJButcher 07 September 2012
Josie Pearson is Paralympic Champion.
She gets a huge ovation from the crowd.
Well done Josie!
Let's grab a few words with her.
Where will the postbox go?
I feel that I can say it now.
Josie Pearson is going to win gold in the women's discus.
I will eat my laptop if she doesn't.
Josie has been outstanding and will be bringing a gold medal back to Herefordshire.
It hasn't been sealed yet but the Fat Lady is clearing her lungs.
Herefordshire's @josie_pearson is on course to get gold in the discus. She is storming it! #beproudherefordshire— @podge1983 07 September 2012
Josie throws her final attempt and it's an outstanding 6.57.
Brilliant from Josie.
What a day she has had.
Josie is miles in front.
Josie follows it up with an impressive 6.51.
In her fourth attempt, Josie throws 6.04.
Come on @josie_pearson getting so close to a gold medal for #ParalympicsGB— @benefittraining 07 September 2012
Massive cheer for Josie Pearson as the announcer gives her a mention.
Josie is back in the discus circle.
it will be her fourth attempt.
@DGroves8 @katie_lou5 @AnnaSkiBe @josie_pearson let's get @josie_pearson trending #gojosiego— @boffordx 07 September 2012
Josie Pearson will be back in the circle in the next ten minutes and I can't wait to hear the cheers.
We've got the long jump, javelin and wheelchair racing also going on this morning.
There are so many smiling faces in the crowd and it's fantastic to see.
RT @FionaPhillips: So exciting reading about @josie_pearson in her discus medal bid in Ian Morgan's live blog on Hereford Times website ...— @RuralMedia 07 September 2012
@FionaPhillips @josie_pearson GO JOSIE!!! Pearson for Gold!!! #paralympics— @Jesse_Norman 07 September 2012
Back in the discus circle, Ireland's O'Neill has just completed her three throws.
The Irish woman is lying in second spot.
Josie Pearson will be throwing sixth in the circle and still leads.
The third competitor is in the circle for her final three attempts.
Herefordshire could soon have a gold medal winner ...Go Josie! @josie_pearson— @katemundy23 07 September 2012
The first Mexican Wave of the day sweeps around two sides of the stadium.
I am never quite sure why people do it - perhaps if the action was dull I would understand.
It is baking hot and the action is fantastic. Hopefully, the wave won't catch on.
All eight athletes have just completed their three throws.
As it stands, Herefordshire's Josie Pearson is in the top spot by more than 200 points.
I am not going to use the four letter word beginning with 'g' just yet.
We are half-way through.
RT @TimJones15 They come in 3's! World Record Girl @josie_pearson is on fire! 3 throws = 3 world records!— @uncomplex 07 September 2012
Josie gets a huge cheer from the capacity Olympic Stadium crowd as the latest scores in the discus are announced over the public address system.
Seven of the eight competitors have had their opening three throws and Josie is 242 points ahead of Ireland's O'Neill.
RT @PeterFlorence: And Josie has just broken her own world discus record AGAIN and is in #gold medal position #gojosiego— @Sharon_on_wye 07 September 2012
Go Josie! http://t.co/8orh6rUI— @HTnewsroom 07 September 2012
Ian Morgan's in the Olympic Stadium for HT watching @josie_pearson http://t.co/uptLwD2j— @HTnewsroom 07 September 2012
Sascha Kindred says he'll talk to his family & friends before deciding if tonight is his last race. @bbchwsport @bbchw— @alidurden 07 September 2012
TASS Alumni Josie Pearson moves into the lead in the Discus Throw F51/52/53 final after setting a new world record— @TalentedAthlete 07 September 2012
Josie set a new world record with 6.38 and then smashed it with 6.54 before going even better with 6.58.
She has taken pole position after securing 1122 points.
Sensational start by Josie, who will be returning later for her final three throws.
Incredible start from Josie Pearson.
She has soared into the lead by breaking THREE world records.
Josie has just set a world record with her first throw.
My iPad has just overheated - it's either the weather or the fantastic action in the Olympic Stadium.
Josie Pearson hasn't thrown yet but is poised to after two medal ceremonies.
Josie is getting ready for her first attempt..
I can see Josie and she has just entered the throwing circle.
Cassie Mitchell, the athlete, just before Josie has just done two foul throws.
She's got one more and the Herefordshire star takes to the circle.
Josie Pearson will be having a few butterflies at the moment.
She is the sixth athlete to compete in the discus and the fifth, Cassie Mitchell, is currently there.
Ireland's Catherine O'Neill leads with 880 points after her opening three throws with a best effort of 5.66.
Josie's personal best in this event is 6.66 and her season's best is 6.66.
just seen sascha kindred qualify!— @ryahreynolds_ 07 September 2012
Sascha was fourth in his heat and the sixth qualifier in 33.19.
The good news for Herefordshire is that Sascha Kindred has made it through to the 50 m butterfly final tonight.
Josie will be performing her first three attempts in the next 20 minutes.
USA's Zena Cole, the third to complete her opening three throws, has secured 7.71 points.
Each athlete will have a total of six throws with points awarded after every aattempt.
The winner will be the athlete who accumulates the most nunmber of points and not necessarily the woman who achieves the longest throw.
Very early days in the women's discus.
Josie Pearson will be the sixth athlete into the throwing circle.
O'neill has taken an early lead after throwing a season's best of 5.66 and has 880 points.
USA's Zena Cole is the third athlete in the throwing circle.
We've got golden sunshine this morning - all we now need is a gold medal for Herefordshire.
RT @timokindred: @SashKindred One of the most successful British Sportsmen we've had says the Guardian and who could argue with that? ht ...— @tamarab44 07 September 2012
We've had a couple of medal ceremonies and Ireland's Catherine O'neill is currently in the discus throwing circle.
Tunisia's Chelhi has completed her first three throws with a top effort of 4.43.
I have to say, that this is a special stadium and it's an honour to be here.
The discus event is under way and Josie will be the sixth athlete to throw.
There are other events taking place in the stadium, too, and the men's javelin will be starting in a few moments.
Fans carrying a GB flag with Josie Pearson's name on it flashes up on the big screens in the stadium.
And the Herefordshire athlete gets a huge roar as her name is read out to the crowd.
SWIMMING. Sascha Kindred has another chance to win his first London gold in the 50m butterfly (6.23pm).— @SHUlifeSport 07 September 2012
In stadium ready for @josie_pearson who throws 6th in F51-53 discus & @dukey_devil throwing last in F40 Jav http://t.co/Tfab6YxN— @LauraMcAllister 07 September 2012
The Olympic Stadium crowd are in full voice and it's not half full yet.
We are awaiting the arrival of Josie and her discus rivals.
Sascha Kindred is also in the pool this morning in the men's 50m butterfly at around 10.23am.
We don't want to put too much pressure on Josie but she's had a superb season.
It's a glorious day inside the Olympic Stadium this morning and there's not a cloud in the sky.
Thousands of fans are streaming into the arena and Herefordshire's Josie Pearson is about 13 minutes from starting her medal bid in the discus.
@josie_pearson GOOD LUCK JOSIE.ALL OF HAY-ON-WYE ARE ROOTING FOR YOU,GO JO GO X— @4bruce7 07 September 2012
RT @FreyaFiddes: @josie_pearson ERE WE COME, GO JO GO #teamjosie— @CotswoldPet 07 September 2012
Congratulations to @JonniePeacock for an amazing gold medal in the 100m, and we'll be cheering on @josie_pearson in the discus this morning.— @S4ILiving 07 September 2012
Can every one please #ff @Josie_pearson competing in #GBParalympics TODAY— @chefonrun 07 September 2012