Paralypian equals Tanni-Grey medal haul

David Roberts has equalled Tanni Grey Thompson's Gold medal tally

David Roberts has equalled Tanni Grey Thompson's Gold medal tally

First published in News

LLANTWIT Fardre paralympian David Roberts has equalled Tanni Grey Thompson's Gold medal tally with 11 titles.

Roberts equalled her record after winning the 50m freestyle in a new world record on Sunday.

It was his fourth Games title, winning in 27.95 seconds, with team-mate Matt Walker grabbing silver.

"I've achieved something very few people have," the 28-year-old said.

Roberts has now won 16 Paralympic medals at three Games and said he was delighted to have matched Grey-Thompson's achievements.

He said: "That is unbelievable. This is the speech I love to give."

But David Roberts was unable to surpass her tally at the weekend when he finished fifth in the 100m medley relay.

The Welsh Paralympic contingent have now amassed 13 medals - 10 golds, two silvers and one bronze - after what has been a dramatic weekend in Beijing.

David Roberts also won the 400m freestyle (S7) in a new world record, the Pontypridd swim star picked up his the third of his four gold medals from the Beijing Paralympic Games.

Roberts' time of 4:52.35 broke the record held by New Zealander Dean Booth's since 2000 by 1.40 seconds. Not that he was satisfied.

"I expected better from myself this evening. I was really nervous when I was coming out and that doesn't normally happen to me.

"I wanted to perform better but this is amazing to have my tenth Paralympic gold medal.

"I don't know why I was nervous."

He has amassed his 11 gold medals from Games in Sydney, Athens and Beijing.

Philip Carling - Chair of the Sports Council for Wales - was quick to congratulate him when he had just won the tenth of his 11 gold medals and said: "David is always striving to excel and to better his performances. Ten gold medals in a career is absolutely superb. His success is particularly impressive considering how the Paralympic movement has moved on since Athens. We have seen other countries catching up yet, David has still maintained dominance in his events.

Roberts is coached at the Wales National Pool in Swansea which was built with more than £8m of National Lottery funding by the Sports Council for Wales. He is coached by former miner Billy Pye: "In Billy Pye, we have a world-class coach and he has cultivated the careers of many swimmers including David. We can be very proud of the fact that the pool in Swansea supports many of the Paralympic swimmers competing in Beijing."

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