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Owen Miller has won a shock gold in the men's T20 1500m final at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Making his Olympic debut, the 29-year-old from Fife got the better of two race favourites: world and European champion Alexandr Rabotnitskii of the Russian Paralympic Committee and reigning Paralympic champion Michael Brannigan of the USA.
The Scot, who competes for Fife AC, overtook Rabotnitskii on the final bend, pulling away from the world champion on the home straight to finish in 3:54.57. Rabotnitskii finished in 3:55.78 to take silver with Italy’s Ndiaga Dieng finishing in 3:57.24 to complete the podium.
Despite Brannigan running a season’s best of 3:58.43, it wasn’t enough for a medal place in what turned out to be an extremely fast race.
Miller’s compatriot Hannah Taunton also claimed bronze in the women's T20 1500m final with a personal best of 4:35.34. The 30-year-old, from Somerset, finished behind Poland's Barbara Bieganowska-Zajac, who ran a time of 4:27.84 to win gold and Ukraine's Danylina Liudmyla who ran 4:32.82 to take silver.
T20 is for track athletes who have an intellectual impairment.
Great Britain have now passed the 100-medal mark at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
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