China’s Zhang Wins First Paralympic Gold as Storey Sets Record

China’s Zhang Cuiping set a record while winning the first gold medal of the London Paralympic Games in the women’s R2-10 meter air rifle standing SH1 event.

Zhang, 24, scored a final world record total of 500.9 to defeat Germany’s Manuela Schmermund and Australia’s Natalie Smith. The SH1 class of athletes can support the weight of their firearm themselves and shoot using a rifle or pistol.

Britain’s Sarah Storey, a five-time Paralympic swimming gold medalist, set a world record in qualifying for the women’s individual C5 pursuit track cycling event.

The 33-year-old covered the three kilometers (1.9 miles) in 3 minutes and 32.17 seconds at the Velodrome in the Olympic Park. Anna Harkowska of Poland was second in 3:48.885, and the pair will race today for the gold medal.

Athletes classified between C1 and C5 have an impairment that affects their legs, arms and/or trunk but can compete using a standard bicycle.

Queen Elizabeth II opened the Paralympics last night, and 28 gold medals in five sports will be awarded today. The games will run through Sept. 9, with more than 4,000 athletes from 164 teams competing.

Jonathan Fox of Britain set another world record in the men’s 100-meter backstroke S7 qualifying, finishing in 1 minute,

9.86 seconds. The swimming event’s final takes place in the Aquatics Centre later today.

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