Jo Butterfield wins Paralympics gold; Neil Fachie & Alison Patrick silver

Jo Butterfield celebrates with her gold medal in the club throw
Butterfield has only been throwing for two years after switching from wheelchair rugby

Jo Butterfield became the second Scot to win gold for ParalympicsGB in Rio as she smashed her own world record in the F51 club throw.

Butterfield, 37, threw 22.81m to take gold, one of eight Britain won in a haul of 21 medals on Sunday.

Two more silvers mean Scottish competitors have now won six medals in GB's current tally of 56.

Cyclist Neil Fachie, in the Tandem B 1000m Time Trial, and para-triathlete Alison Patrick both took silver.

London 2012 gold medallist Fachie, 32, and pilot Pete Mitchell clocked a time of one minute 0.241 seconds, 0.419 seconds behind Tristan Bangma of the Netherlands.

Aberdeen para-cyclist Neil Fachie
Aberdeen cyclist Neil Fachie has now won three Paralympic medals

And Dunfermline's Patrick, 28, with Edinburgh guide Hazel Smith, also had to settle for silver in para-triathlon's PT5 category.

Butterfield, a former army civil servant who was paralysed after an operation on a tumour on her spinal cord, initially entered disability sport through wheelchair rugby, and started throwing - the club and the discus - two years ago.

The Glasgow resident added Paralympics gold in the club throw to her 2014 European title and 2015 world title.

"It is a little weird if I am honest, but it's great," she said.

"It is everything I have been working for with my coaches Phil and Shona, so to actually come and nail it is brilliant.

"It has been a tough few days and I must thank my medical team who got me here; it's great to be able to do it for them.

"This is the result of a lot of hard work, but I love what I do. You need a lot of enthusiasm when it is raining in Scotland, to go out and put the time and effort in."

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Sport is such a leveller - Butterfield

Scottish medal winners in Paralympics GB team


Libby Clegg, athletics, 100m T11

Jo Butterfield, athletics, F51 club throw


Alison Patrick, alongside guide Hazel Smith, para-triathlon PT5

Neil Fachie, along with pilot Pete Mitchell, cycling Tandem B 1000m time trial

Stef Reid, long jump T44


Andrew Mullen, swimming 200m freestyle S5