Team USA takes gold in the women’s 4x100m medley as Morgan Stickney sets off a blistering final leg to capture the Russian Paralympic Committee and Australia to the top of the podium
- Team USA won gold in the women’s 4x100m – 34 point relay on Thursday night
- Morgan Stickney put down a blistering final leg to beat Russia and Australia
- Elsewhere, Indiana’s Elizabeth Smith won silver in the 100m butterfly
Morgan Stickney rode a blistering final leg to win gold for Team USA in the women’s 4x100m – 34 points at the Paralympic Games on Thursday night.
Stickney entered the pool behind both the Russian Paralympic Committee and Australia for the final leg, but delivered a sensational 100m to hit the wall first and take gold for the US.
The full-time student took the podium alongside teammates Hannah Aspden, Mikaela Jenkins and Jessica Long, who clocked a combined time of 4min 52.40sec in Tokyo, Japan.
Team USA won their 14th pool gold after winning the women’s 4x100m medley
14 of Team USA’s 28 gold medals at these Paralympic Games have come in the pool, with the medley relay victory Stickney’s second gold in Tokyo after winning the 400-meter freestyle S8.
The Russian Paralympic Committee held on to silver, while the Australian quartet took bronze in a thrilling evening swim at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.
Indiana’s Elizabeth Smith took silver in the women’s S9 100m butterfly, while Spain’s Sarai Gascon narrowly held off Britain’s Toni Shaw for bronze.
Morgan Stickney set in a blistering final leg to steal gold from the RPC and Australia teams
Elsewhere, Indiana’s Elizabeth Smith won silver in the 100m butterfly for Team USA
Elsewhere, Britain’s Bethany Firth maintained her dominance in the final of the women’s S14 100m backstroke with a time of 1:05.92.
The 25-year-old also won gold in the same event in London 2012 – where she represented Ireland – and in Rio 2016, having switched to Great Britain by then.
Australia’s Rachel Watson broke a Paralympic record and won the women’s S£50m freestyle with a time of 39.36 seconds. Italy’s Arjola Trimi broke the world record at 40.31sec, but had to settle for silver.