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Day 2-Roundup: Jacobsson wins 14th Paralympic gold, Britain, U.S. locked on top place
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19:43, September 08, 2008

Swedish shooting great Jonas Jacobsson collected his 14th Paralympic gold medal on Monday as the United States and Britain were locked with seven gold medals apiece at the top of the gold medal standings.

Host China was third on the ladder with five golds midway through Day Two. Later in the day, there are 20 gold medals up for grab in judo, swimming and athletics.

China, who topped the medals table with 63 golds in Athens 2004, is widely expected to defend the honor at the end of the 11-day sporting event for elite disabled athletes.

Jacobsson surpassed the eight-year-old world record by a huge margin Tuesday morning in the men's 10m air rifle standing position in his disability class, increasing his Paralympic medal tally to 14 gold, one silver and eight bronze medals.

His qualification score of 596 was three points better than the old mark by Jung Jin-won of South Korea at Sydney 2000. After 10 stunning final shots, Jacobsson beat the world record for the final - 697.1 - by 3.4 points, which was also set by Jung in Sydney.

Jacobsson, an eight-time Paralympian, earned more than 10 points, including a bull's eye 10.9, which rarely happens in either Paralympic or Olympic competitions.

"The main thing was to continue the streak. I've now won eight Paralympics in a row. That was the main goal, and hopefully I can get another good result here," said Jacobsson.

In Athens 2004, he snatched four gold medals, breaking eight world and Paralympic records and eqauling four.

Jacobsson will compete in three other events - the men's 50m free rifle 3x40 standing SH1, the mixed 10m air rifle prone SH1 and the mixed 50m free rifle prone SH1.

"Every competition is a new one. You have to focus," said Jacobsson. "Everybody starts at zero, and you have to shoot your own shots."

China's Yao Juan claimed her second Paralympic gold when she won the women's F42-46 javelin with a world record throw of 40.51 meters. The 24-year-old won the gold in 2000 but finished a distant fifth in Athens four years ago.

Lin Haiyan, 45, grabbed the first gold in shooting for China with a victory in the women's SH1 10-meter air pistol.

Athletes will compete over 11 days in 20 sports in five different categories of disability, with a total of 472 gold medals awarded.

The Paralympics end on Sept. 17.


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