London Paralympics 2012: China leading the tally with 44 medals

London: The first day of competition at London 2012 Paralympics’ athletic events began brightly as a near capacity crowd turned out at the Olympic Stadium to cheer the athletes on Friday.

• China is leading the tally with 13 gold, 10 silver and 11 bronze medals. Australia and Ukraine are in the second and third spot with 19 and 16 medals respectively.

• Russia`s Margarita Goncharova won the first gold of the athletics in F37/38 long jump. Inna Stryzhak of Ukraine took silver while China`s Cao Yuanhuang claimed bronze.

• In the women`s F35/36 discus, Wu Qing took gold, with Ukraine`s Mariia Pomazan awarded silver and Bao Jiongyu taking bronze.

• In cycling, Australia’s Felicity Johnson and Stephanie Morton won gold by beating Britain`s Aileen McGlynn and Helen Scott in the women`s blind and visually impaired 1km time trial.

New Zealand`s Philippa Gray and Laura Thompson claimed bronze.

• 28-year-old US swimmer Bradley Snyder won gold in the men`s S11 100m freestyle with Yang Bozun of China finishing second and Hendri Herbst Hendri of South Africa in third.

Snyder lost his vision after an explosion in Afghanistan.

"Hopefully, my presence here, representing the flag in a different manner, can provide some inspiration to those guys so they can get out," he told reporters.

• Britain’s wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft won the country`s debut track gold setting a new Paralympic record on Friday.

Cockroft took the women`s T34 100m in 18.06secs, 0.50secs faster than the world best she set at the east London venue in May.

"I didn`t know whether to cry or laugh or what to do,” she said after the race.

• Nathan Stein of Canada won the gold medal in the Men`s 50m Freestyle at Aquatics Centre.

• Russia`s Alexey Ashapatov broke the world record with this throw winning the gold medal in the men`s discus throw - F57/58 athletics field event at the Olympic Stadium.

With Agencies