Paralympics 2012: Wales' Josie Pearson wins discus gold

Josie Pearson

Wales' Josie Pearson has won gold in the F51 discus competition at the 2012 Paralympics in London.

The 26-year-old from Hay-on-Wye is the third Welsh gold medallist following men's F42 discus thrower Aled Sion Davies and cyclist Mark Colbourne.

Earlier handcyclist Rachel Morris won bronze in the road race H1-3 final at Brands Hatch.

And then Sara Head won a bronze medal as part of the GB table tennis team, beating Italy 3-2 in class 1-3.

Pearson threw 6.58m with her third throw and held on to the lead, leaving the Republic of Ireland's Catherine O'Neill taking silver and Zena Cole of the United States bronze.

Morris, 33, whose family are from Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire, was the first British handcyclist to be crowned double world champion.

She finished hand-in-hand with fellow Briton Karen Darke at Brands Hatch.

Head, who is the current European Champion, was part of the women's team - class 3 - to record a narrow 3-2 victory over the Italians in the bronze medal match.

Swimmer Rhiannon Henry narrowly missed out on a medal for a second time when she came fourth for a second time, this time in the SM13 200m individual medley.

Henry of Bridgend won two bronze medals in Athens and finished fifth in Beijing and London was her third Paralympic Games.

Kyron Duke set a new personal best of 38.64 metres in the F40 javelin as he finished eighth. Wang Zhiming won gold with a new world record throw of 47.95m.

Pearson and Morris' medals took Wales tally to 13, one short of the pre-Games target set by governing body Sport Wales.

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Wheelchair Fencing Quarter-Finals: Gemma Collis (GB v Hong Kong)

Swimming Heat 1 (SM13 200m Individual Medley): Rhiannon Henry

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Women's Wheelchair Basketball: Mexico v Great Britain (Clare Strange)

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