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The news as reported by the BBC that the 147 medals achieved by ParalympicsGB represent the country's best haul since Seoul 1988 should go some way to demonstrating that it wasn't just in the Olympics that British athletes excelled in Rio this summer.

Such stellar feats, in fact, have somewhat changed the complexion of the all-time medals table for British Paralympians - so we thought we'd run the rule over the top five most successful athletes.

  1. Mike Kenny

The now 71-year old retired swimmer remains officially the most successful British Paralympian ever, with 16 gold medals - two more than Sarah Storey, who claimed three golds in Rio. The former engineer collected his medals in a run spanning 12 years until 1988, excelling in such disciplines as backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle.

  1. Sarah Storey

The 38-year old Manchurian may be two gold medals short of Kenny in the all-time rankings, but Rio enabled the road and track racing cyclist and former swimmer to cement her status as Britain's most decorated female Paralympian. She collected her first Paralympic gold medals as a swimmer at the Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996 Games, and she has continued to rack up the honours since switching to cycling.

  1. Tanni Grey-Thompson

Such was the Welsh wheelchair racer's success in increasing awareness of the Paralympics among people who had never previously paid much attention to the Games, that she is sometimes mistakenly presumed to be Britain's most prolific Paralympian medal winner. However, her statistics remain formidable: in a career spanning Barcelona 1992 to Athens 2004, she collected no fewer than 11 gold medals. She is now a crossbench member of the House of Lords.

  1. Dave Roberts

The Welsh swimmer may have only participated in three Paralympic Games from 2000 to 2008, but that didn't prevent him from garnering an astonishing 11 career gold medals, making him one of Britain's most successful ever Paralympic athletes. Roberts was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours, as reported by WalesOnline.

  1. Lee Pearson

Born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, the eventual 10-times gold medallist at the Paralympic Games came to public attention early in life in 1980, with then-British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher carrying him upstairs in 10 Downing Street after awarding him a 'Children of Courage' medal. His medals spanning the Sydney 2000 to London 2012 Games were in a range of equestrian events including dressage, freestyle dressage and team dressage.

Here at Profit Accumulator, we couldn't be more delighted to see how the British Paralympian movement has gone from strength to strength in recent years, and the avalanche of medals that has resulted. We can't wait to see how Tokyo 2020 unfolds!

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