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Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Team GB's Laura Sugar sets Paralympic record to reach women's KL3 para canoe sprint final




Laura Sugar set a Games record as she stormed into the final of the women's KL3 para canoe sprint at the Paralympics in Tokyo today (Thursday).

The 30-year-old, from Berden, triumphed in her heat at the Sea Forest Waterway in a time of 50.347sec.

It put her almost three seconds clear of runner-up Helene Ripa, from Sweden and saw her beat fellow Great Britain athlete Anne Dickins' Games record by 1.001sec, which had been set in Rio five years ago.

Laura Sugar on her way to victory in her women's KL3 canoe sprint heat. Picture: @ParalympicsGB on Twitter (50825972)
Laura Sugar on her way to victory in her women's KL3 canoe sprint heat. Picture: @ParalympicsGB on Twitter (50825972)

Sugar, who was born with a club foot, will now compete in the final in the early hours of Saturday (September 4).

The former Newport Free Grammar School student has only been competing in para canoe since 2018 having switched from athletics.

She competed at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio on the track, coming fifth in both the T44 100m and 200m finals.

Sugar also played hockey before getting involved in Paralympic sport and represented Wales.



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