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Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Laura Sugar going for KL3 canoe sprint glory for Team GB

Berden's Laura Sugar will take to the water in Tokyo on Thursday (September 2) as she begins her bid for a Paralympic canoe sprint medal.

The 30-year-old will be competing at her second Paralympic Games after finishing fifth in both the T44 100m and 200m finals on the athletics track in Rio five years ago.

Sugar, who was born with a club foot, made the switch to para canoeing in 2018. Participating in the women's KL3 event, she has claimed medals at world and European championships as well as World Cup events.

Laura Sugar. Picture: @LauraSugar1 on Twitter (50801892)
Laura Sugar. Picture: @LauraSugar1 on Twitter (50801892)

She will race in the heats in the early hours of Thursday – 3.20-3.25am (UK time) – and a win would put her straight into Saturday's final at 3.38am. Coming second to sixth means she would need to race again, also on Saturday, in the semi-finals at 2.12am.

Sugar, who attended Newport Free Grammar School – now the Joyce Frankland Academy – played hockey before getting involved in Paralympic sport and represented Wales as well as helping her school achieve under-14 county championship success.

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