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Sophie Wells’ 2020 Paralympic trip is over after an incredible week in her three dressage events in Tokyo, collecting the fifth and sixth medals of her stellar career.
Sophie, 31, was already a decorated Paralympian heading into these games, having won four medals in the last two Paralympic Games, two silver and one gold in London 2012, and one gold in Rio il five years ago.
Sophie, born with amniotic band syndrome which caused her little to no feeling or movement in her feet and losing a number of fingers, was born in Lincoln and now lives near Saxilby, traveling to the other around the world to represent his country at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.
She arrived in Tokyo with limited expectations after pandemic training ceased and had to change her winning partnership with horse “C Fatal Attraction”.
However, on “Don Cara M”, Sophie took home a brilliant silver medal in the fifth year individual test, narrowly missing the gold, won by Belgian Michele George on Thursday 26 August.
Just two days later, Sophie joined Sir Lee Pearson and Natasha Baker to claim a stunning gold in the team dressage event.
Her quest for medals in all three events came down to the final hurdle on Monday, as she placed 4th in the individual freestyle event, just one podium spot and a famous third medal.
This brings his remarkable medal count to six over the course of his career and will be a nice addition alongside the gilded letterbox in his honor that sits outside the Magna Carta in the Rise of Lincoln, as well as the MBE she received in 2013.
Lincolnite spoke to Sophie before the games started, and she said she hoped to make Lincoln and Britain proud.
Well she did and so much more! Congratulations Sophie, you are really not only a regional treasure, but also a national one.
Elsewhere in Tokyo, it was first-round heartbreak for Gainsborough’s Jack Hodgson, who lost by the golden point in his first bout against Azerbaijani Ilham Zakiyev.
There could still be more gold in Greater Lincolnshire on the horizon, as Scunthorpe’s Victoria Rumary takes part in the W1 archery round of 16 on Tuesday.
The 33-year-old will face Brazilian Rejane Candida de Silva in the quarter-finals, meaning she is just two wins away from a guaranteed silver medal and the chance to compete for gold. To verify LincolniteVictoria’s interview here.
Reigning F46 Paralympic javelin champion Hollie Arnold, born near Grimsby, will look to retain her title on Friday as she prepares to compete in her fourth Paralympic Games. See what Hollie had to say when Lincolnite caught up with her last week.