Maja Reichard failed to defend her Paralympic Gold in the 100m breastroke.Photo:Björn Rosvall/TT
Maja Reichard failed to defend her Paralympic Gold in the 100m breastroke.Photo:Björn Rosvall/TT

Disappointing night for gold chasing paralympians

Maja Reichard: I swam slowly
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Two of Sweden's big hopes for gold in Rio, Stefan Olsson and Maja Reichard, tasted disappointment on day 6 of the Paralympics.   

After bagging bronze and a silver in different disciplines in the pool, Maja Reichard had high hopes of defending her London Paralympics Gold in the final of the 100m breastroke, her favourite distance.

However, the 25-year-old Stockholmer had to settle for another bronze medal, as she trailed behind in the wake of 17-year-old Chinese swimmer Zhang Xiatong, who broke the World record by over a second to win gold in a time of 1.23,02.

Silver went to Liesette Breinsma of the Netherlands with Maja Reichard in third with a time of 1.26,60.

Reichard was bitterly disappointed and was irrated that she could not break her own personal best of 1.25,47.

"I swam slowly. It feels like I have more power in my body, it can go quicker, but it didn't. That's my biggest disappointment now," she told media afterwards.

Stefan Olsson's dream of a gold medal in the men's singles wheelchair tennis ended at the quarter-final stage. The defending champion from London 2012 was beaten in three sets by 18 year old Alfie Hewitt of the UK, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3.

" I am really disappointed, this is not what I wanted. I had said that I would bring home the gold. But at the same time, he played really well. In a few years I can see him reaching World Number 1 in the rankings," Olsson said afterwards.

The 29 year old did not want to say whether this would be his last Paralympics.

"I will continue for another year, after that we will see. I have not decided, maybe I will be back in four years time."

Sweden claimed another medal in the individual dressage.

Louise Etzner Jakobsson, 56, was last out of the 16 riders with her horse Zernard, and took bronze with a ride of 70,341 procent. She only missed out on gold by 2.5 percent.

"It feels great. It's not everyday that you win a medal. It was a little unexpected after my performance in the team event on Sunday," she said. 

Sweden's Paralympics team now has seven medals overall.


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