Tokyo Paralympics: GB beat USA to win first wheelchair rugby gold

Tokyo Paralympics: GB beat USA to win first wheelchair rugby gold

GB's Stuart Robinson with the ball during the wheelchair rugby finalStuart Robinson was a key determine for GB all through the event

Nice Britain secured a tense 54-49 victory over the USA to win their first wheelchair rugby gold at a Paralympic Video games.

The European champions led from the beginning however the US stored the scoreline tight till GB pulled away in a dramatic ultimate quarter.

Captain Jim Roberts scored 24 tries as his facet secured an historic win in Tokyo.

Britain beforehand misplaced bronze-medal play-offs on the 2004 and 2008 Video games.

“What am wonderful shift for the fellows – that was one to recollect,” Roberts instructed Channel 4.

“We knew there could be some wonderful groups, and USA at all times beat us within the main tournaments so it was good to place a nail in that one.”

GB realized from their pool match towards the US the place they threw away a half-time lead and finally misplaced 50-48, their solely defeat on the best way to the decider.

Britain led 26-24 at half-time within the ultimate, though the USA’s Charles Aoki had transformed a powerful attempt on the whistle from a protracted cross at pace.

That lead was down to at least one attempt heading into the ultimate quarter, however GB dominated the ultimate eight minutes and confidently prolonged their benefit to change into the primary European staff to win wheelchair rugby gold at a Paralympics.

Wheelchair rugby had been stripped of £750,000 funding by UK Sport for the Tokyo Paralympic cycle, although it did obtain £500,000 from the government-backed Aspiration Fund, which was aimed toward sports activities which didn’t obtain full UK Sport funding.

The USA, the runners-up at Rio 2016, have received a medal at each Video games for the reason that introduction of wheelchair rugby at Sydney 2000.

Earlier, hosts Japan, who GB beat 55-49 to achieve the ultimate, shocked two-time defending champions Australia to win the bronze-medal match 60-52.

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