Hollie Arnold just missed out on another Paralympic gold as she won bronze following a dramatic finish to the javelin in Tokyo. The Blackheath & Bromley athlete was gunning for her second successive gold at the games, and looked set to be crowned champion once again as she led the F46 competition heading into the final round.
But New Zealand’s Holly Robinson produced an incredible final throw to pip Hollie to the crown, with the Netherlands’ Noelle Roorda also producing in the final round to claim silver ahead of the Brit in third.
She opened up with a throw of 39.05m to take an early lead in the competition, with Robinson managing just 37.46m with her opening attempt. Despite a no-throw on her second attempt, Arnold maintained her lead as Robinson made a slight improvement to move up to second with 38.68m, only to be quickly overtaken by Roorda with 38.99m.
Hollie continued to remain in front despite struggling to replicate or better her first throw after managing 37.37m in the third round, with it all to play for as the field was reduced for the final three throws. As the rain came down in Tokyo, Arnold edged closer and closer to gold as other competitors tried and failed to overcome her fourth round effort.
Robinson though left it late to take a dramatic lead in the final round as she threw 40.99m, with Roorda then pushing Arnold down into bronze medal position after throwing 40.06m to leave it all to do for the Grimsby athlete.
And she was unable to overtake her rivals as she had to settle for the bronze, with Robinson becoming the new Paralympic champion in the most dramatic of circumstances.
Elsewhere at the Wanda Diamond league in Brussels Dina Asher Smith continued her fine late season form by taking third in the 200m with a seasons’ best 22.04 clocking.
Loughborough hosted the UK School Games and the club had 4 young athletes in action, all in the under 17 age group. Benjamin Platt took third in the mens pole vault with a vault of 3.90m, Jodie Self ran 11.48 over the 80m hurdles, Gypsy Nash took 5th with 45.63m in the ladies hammer and Brydon Duncan took 6th in the mens discus with a throw of 45.63m.