Reid wins first athletics medal for ParalympicsGB

Stef Reid won ParalympicsGB’s first athletics track and field medal of Rio 2016 claiming silver in the women’s T44 long jump final.

Reid recorded a best jump of 5.64m on her first attempt to take silver behind France’s Marie-Amelie le Fur who set a new world record of 5.83m to win the title.

For Reid, the result represents a third Paralympics medal after 200m T44 bronze at Beijing 2008 and long jump T44 silver at London 2012. She said: “Marie jumped further than I’ve ever jumped. Hats off to her, I’m just really pleased at the way our event has progressed.

“I think I did some really great things in terms of my jumping and I’m just so thankful to my coach and to the team around me who have got me here. I’m proud of what I did.

“I didn’t realise I was the first athletics medal for ParalympicsGB in Rio. It’s great to get us off to a great start.”

There was a second medal for ParalympicsGB in the first session of the day with Gemma Prescott matching her bronze-medal winning achievements of London 2012 in the F32 club throw.

Her best throw of 19.77m was enough to put her on the podium alongside Tunisia’s champion Maroua Brahmi who threw a world record 26.93m while teammate Abbie Hunnisett was fourth with 19m.

Prescott said: “I would have liked to have thrown further, everybody always wants to throw further and set a personal best at events like this.

“But it’s the Paralympics and I have got a medal so I will take that any day of the week.”