Search

Rio 2016: Wheelchair rugby squad finish fifth

PUBLISHED: 09:45 18 September 2016

Bulbul Hussain in action for Great Britain against Sweden at the Rio Paralympics (pic: Paralympics GB)

Bulbul Hussain in action for Great Britain against Sweden at the Rio Paralympics (pic: Paralympics GB)

Archant

GB beat Sweden to match London 2012 result

Paralympics GB beat Sweden to finish fifth in the wheelchair rugby tournament in Rio last night.

The 56-42 victory allowed the squad, which included east London’s Bulbul Hussain, to match their efforts of London 2012, with Jim Roberts again top-scoring with 28 goals.

And although they fell short of their target of winning a medal, captain Chris Ryan said the squad could be proud of their performance.

He said: “We beat Sweden by one point in the Europeans last year, so this result shows our improvement and why we are now up there fighting against the top four.

“Tokyo is already in our minds but we’ve also got a World Championships before then to focus on. We don’t want to wait four years to crack the top four, we want that experience before 2020.

“This is a young team, we’ve only been together three years and we’ve come pretty close to the top teams in the world here and that’s a very good sign.”

The first quarter against Sweden was a close affair, but coach Paul Shaw’s side then started to open up an advantage and were good value for their margin of victory.

Having lost to finalists Australia by just two points and gone down in a thrilling overtime contest with top seeds Canada, who lost to the USA in their semi-final, the GB squad are not far away from the bigger nations and their players will learn the lessons of Rio for the 2020 Games.

Leading scorer Roberts, who took his tournament tally into three figures, added: “We’re happy with the win against a well coached team. We’re still disappointed about not making the medal round, which we really thought was possible, but we’ll take a lot from this.”

Latest East London Sports News

12:30

Leyton Orient midfielder Jobi McAnuff returned to training on Friday along with a host of the injured personnel.

09:42

Leyton Orient head coach Ross Embleton has insisted his strong need a stronger mindset to kill games off after taking early leads after a 2-2 draw with Oldham Athletic.

Yesterday, 18:38

Doubles from Adriana Leon and Martha Thomas helped West Ham to an exciting 4-2 win over Liverpool at Rush Green.

Yesterday, 17:46

Women rugby fans are becoming as rowdy as men when they're watching the game, a study shows.

Yesterday, 13:10

Ilford sealed a narrow victory over local rivals Woodford Town in the Essex Senior League on Saturday, but Redbridge and Tower Hamlets both endured defeats.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Honours finished even as Danny Johnson's first goal for Orient earned them a point at Brisbane Road on Saturday.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Defending Vitality Blast T20 champions Essex have announced the signing of Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques for their summer campaign.

Friday, February 21, 2020

West Ham's battle against relegation has suffered another blow after Ryan Fredericks was struck down by a shoulder injury.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Looking to rent in London? Securing the keys to a new home in any big city can be an ordeal but there is a way to avoid the common pitfalls of London rentals - dodgy landlords, dubious décor and downright dicey security.

Cauldron Foods' comedy night will give vegans the last laugh as Vegan comics dispel vegan myths.

Riverside flats to let are coming on the market in East London - at highly competitive rents. Too good to be true? A not-for-profit landlord explains how it works…

Most read sport

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser