Owen Miller wins gold for Great Britain in the men’s 1500m, as Scot upsets the Russian Paralympic Committee favorite in Tokyo, while Jonathan Broom-Edwards claims gold in the T64 high jump
- Owen Miller was very upset to win gold in the men’s 1500 meters in Tokyo
- The Scot, 29, beat World and European Champion Alexandr Rabotnitskii to win
- Elsewhere, Jonathan Broom-Edwards won gold in the T64 men’s high jump
Great Britain’s Owen Miller claimed a shock in the 1,500 meters after upsetting world and European champion Alexandr Rabotnitskii at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.
The 29-year-old Scot, who finished sixth at the 2019 World Cup, crossed the line in a winning time of 3:54.57.
Russian Paralympic Committee athlete Rabotnitskii and reigning United States Paralympic champion Michael Brannigan were expected to compete for first place on the podium in the T20 event.
Owen Miller shocked the men’s 1500m at the Tokyo Paralympic Games
The Briton defeated world and European champion Alexandr Rabotnitskii and won gold on Friday
He had finished sixth in the 2019 World Championships and was an outsider
Rabotnitskii was second in 3:55.78, Italian Ndiaga Dieng took bronze in 3:57.24, while Branningan’s best time of 3:58.43 was not enough for a medal.
Miller’s compatriot Hannah Taunton claimed bronze in the women’s race with a personal best.
The 30-year-old – who incidentally hails from Taunton in Somerset – finished in 4:35.34, while Poland’s Barbara Bieganowska-Zajac claimed the title for the third Games in a row, in a time of 4:27.84.
Ukrainian Liudmyla Danylina took silver, just under five seconds off the pace.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Broom-Edwards claimed gold for GB in the T64 high jump, his best season of 2.10m, the same height as the 33-year-old who achieved only silver in Rio.
He said, ‘I’m so emotional. To get it right at just the right time, I’m so relieved, elated, excited and crying my eyes out.
Elsewhere, Jonathan Broom-Edwards claimed gold in the T64 high jump with a huge effort
‘I’ve been striving for that gold for years. The conditions were terrible, so I tried to keep my cool and do it right when it counted. And I am so proud of myself.
(Silver medalist) Praveen (Kumar) took a personal best and fair play to him, which left me behind.
“I had to rise above that and I’m so proud that I did. 2.10m was a bit of an ugly jump, but it was a season best, so I’m really happy.’