British paralympic husband-and-wife both win Gold in Tokyo


At last we’re a golden couple! British paralympic husband-and-wife both set new world records within 16 minutes of each other at the Tokyo Games

  • Neil Fachie and pilot Matt Rotherham broke record in the B 1000m time trial
  • Wife Lora and pilot Corrine Hall then broke record in 3000m pursuit shortly after
  • Both won gold before, but at separate Olympics: Neil in 2012 and Lora in 2016
  • The couple shared an emotional celebration in Toyko after their victories 

Golden couple Neil and Lora Fachie set new world records within 16 minutes of each other in another triumphant day for the GB team at the Paralympics.

The husband-and-wife cyclist pair led the charge on day four of the Tokyo Games with another record medal haul that kept GB in second place in the medal table.

Maisie Summers-Newton, Reece Dunn, Kadeena Cox and Jaco van Gass all managed to scoop their second golds of the delayed 2020 Games in Japan, while Thomas Young and Sophie Hahn won 100m titles on a golden day on the track.

Neil and Lora Fachie

Neil and Lora Fachie celebrated winning gold at the same Olympics after both breaking world records in Tokyo on Saturday

Neil Fachie and pilot Matt Rotherham smashed their own world record in the B 1000m time trial, while moments later his wife Lora and Corrine Hall retained their B 3000m pursuit crown.

It was the first time the Fachies, who are both visually impaired, could celebrate taking the top spot at the same tournament as Neil won gold in London 2012 and Lora at Rio in 2016. 

Neil, 37, told BBC Breakfast: ‘Finally we’ve managed to both do it together, and to both break the world record as well is beyond our dreams.’

ParalympicsGB clinched a third cycling gold in the Izu Velodrome as Kadeena Cox, Jody Cundy and Jaco van Gass edged out an all-male China by a tenth of a second in the C1-5 750m team sprint.

In the pool, Maisie Summers-Newton again beat her idol Ellie Simmonds to claim her second gold of the Games in the SB6 100m breaststroke. 

Britain’s mixed S14 4x100m freestyle relay team rounded off Saturday’s action in style by storming to the inaugural Paralympic title. 

Reece Dunn, Bethany Firth, Jessica-Jane Applegate and Jordan Catchpole won gold in a world-record time of 3:40.63.

On the track, Thomas Young made a memorable Games debut, taking gold with a personal best of 10.94 seconds in the T38 100m. 

Sophie Hahn retained her T38 100m title after equalling her 12.38-second world record in the heats.

Lora Fachie and her pilot Corrine Hall (pictured) broke the record in the B 3,000m pursuit, before Neil Fachie and pilot Matt Rotherham broke the record in the B 1000m time trial

Lora Fachie and her pilot Corrine Hall (pictured) broke the record in the B 3,000m pursuit, before Neil Fachie and pilot Matt Rotherham broke the record in the B 1000m time trial

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