Paralympic News: Great Britain wins its first Paralympic medal in wheelchair rugby at the Tokyo Paralympics

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Paralympic News: Following bronze-medal match failures in 1996, 2004 and 2008, this was a watershed moment for the country in the mixed-gender game.

After surging to gold with a 54-49 win over three-time champions the United States, Great Britain won its first Paralympic medal in wheelchair rugby.

ParalympicsGB won in Tokyo after leading at the end of each quarter because of 24 tries from Jim Roberts.

Wheelchair rugby made its complete premiere as a medal event at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, four years after making its debut as a demonstration sport at the Atlanta Games.

Following bronze-medal match failures in 1996, 2004 and 2008, this was a watershed moment for the country in the mixed-gender game.

With a 55-49 triumph over hosts Japan on Saturday, GB, captained by Chris Ryan and Gavin Walker, had already secured a place on the podium.

Roberts has been a standout performer at Yoyogi National Stadium over the last five days, and he led the way once again in Sunday’s showcase.

Stuart Robinson and Aaron Phipps each contributed 14 and 11 points to keep the scoreboard ticking over and ensure a historic accomplishment.

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