Great Britain's Josie Pearson still to come to terms with discus gold

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Josie Pearson says that it will take a while for her to come to terms with winning an "amazing" Paralympic gold medal for Great Britain.

ParalympicsGB's Josie Pearson believes that her gold-medal win in the women's F51/52/53 discus final will take a while to "sink in".

The British athlete, who used to compete in wheelchair rugby, won the coveted honour after throwing a world-record distance of 6.58m at the Olympic Stadium this afternoon.

"It's disbelief. I don't think it will sink in for quite a long time," The Telegraph quotes Pearson as saying. "I'm Paralympic champion. It's the culmination of so many years of hard work, it's amazing.

"I knew in training that I was consistently throwing over the world record. To get that first throw and to break the world record was just such a relief. And my next two throws were even better. I think I thrive off pressure."

Pearson suffered a spinal cord injury during an accident when she was 17 years old, which took the life of her then boyfriend.

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