Summary of day 10: Medal frenzy on the home stretch of the Tokyo Paralympics
Paralympics battled for final swimming and cycling medals on Friday as the Turkish women defended their goalball title as the Tokyo Games drew into their final days.
On day 10 of the competition there were a whopping 55 gold medals to be won, including the men’s and women’s final in goalball – one of the few Paralympic sports without an Olympic equivalent.
Women’s champion Turkey defeated the USA 9-2 and ended the winning streak of the comeback queens in the second half. Brazil should play against China in the men’s final.
Keiko Sugiura’s one-of-a-kind Tokyo Paralympics continued on Friday as she became the first Japanese woman to win two gold medals in cycling while re-establishing her recently set record as the host nation’s oldest gold medalist.
Her gold and one won by Keiichi Kimura in the pool, plus three silver and two bronze medals elsewhere, made Friday Japan’s most successful day of the Games to date.
The 50-year-old mother of two, Sugiura, pulled away from the peloton in the second round of the C1-3 road race around Fuji International Speedway and built a 20-second lead by the start of the third and final tour.
She held out for a comfortable 16-second win to add the road racing title to the time trial she had previously won at the Games.
“After I got to the finish line, I couldn’t believe it. It feels amazing. I’ve renewed my record (as the oldest Paralympic gold medalist), ”said Sugiura. “I think I’ve used up all my luck.”
In swimming there were 16 finals on the last day of competition, and US Paralympics legend Jessica Long added another medal to her bulging collection.
She won the women’s S8 100-meter butterfly, taking her 29th Paralympic medal – the same number as her age and more than Michael Phelps’ 28 Olympic medals.
Russian silver medalist Viktoriia Ischchiulova, 16, said Long was “so cool” and “an idol to me”.
“I try to measure myself against her, but not by how many medals she has won – I want to win even more – but more by her technique, her behavior before the race, her endurance and overall how she is as a person. ““, Said Ischchiulova.
Meanwhile, Japan took a double victory from visually impaired swimmers Kimura and Uchu Tomita in the men’s S11 100-meter butterfly.
It was Kimura’s first Paralympic gold medal. Previously, he won a silver medal in those games, if you add it to the three silver and three bronze medals he won in the 2012 and 2016 games, he gets eight in his career.
“I don’t know what the medal looks like, but when I heard the Japanese anthem I realized I got the gold medal and the tears just flowed. It was extremely emotional, ”said Kimura, who beat his compatriot by a little over a second.
It was the third medal for Paralympics debutant Tomita, alongside his previous silver and bronze medals.
The Pakistani team won their first Paralympic gold in the Olympic Stadium.
“It’s great to be making history for my country again,” said F37 men’s discus thrower Haider Ali. “This gold will be very important for parasports in my country.”
The 36-year-old is also responsible for Pakistan’s only other two Paralympic medals – silver in Beijing in 2008 and bronze in Rio in 2016.
Wheelchair user Yuki Oya won silver for Japan when he finished behind American Raymond Martin in the men’s T52 100-meter race.
“I was able to demonstrate my strength, but I’m a little disappointed to have lost to Martin,” said Oya.
Ten years after losing his mother, the person who encouraged him to start the wheelchair race after sustaining a spinal injury in a fall at work, Oya said he was happy with his results.
“I promised to win the gold medal in return (for your encouragement). The color of the medal is different, but I think she would be happy, ”he said.
Bronze was the best that Japan’s 4 × 100 universal relay track and field team could achieve. The unique race, which includes a mix of classifications and genders, was won by the United States.
Each team must consist of a visually impaired runner, a wheelchair user, an athlete from the coordinative impairment classes and an athlete with a limb deficiency.
The Tokyo Games tennis courts were a scene of disappointment for Japan.
Yui Kamiji had her dream of finally winning Olympic gold, but was destroyed by the Dutchwoman Diede de Groot. Kamiji adds silver to the bronze she won at the same event in 2016.
The losses in the match for bronze for Koji Sugeno in the four-man singles and Shingo Kunieda and Takashi Sanada in the men’s doubles at the beginning of the day make the pain worse.
Japan’s women’s goalball team ended their games in Tokyo with a 6-1 win over Brazil in the bronze medal game.
Norika Hagiwara scored three goals, two of them on penalties, and Eiko Kakehata faced her on three of her own to take the medal.
The medal is Japan’s third in sport at the Paralympics and the first since winning gold in 2012.
With a rear-end 79-68 win over Great Britain, Japan secured a spot in the men’s wheelchair basketball final, beating the 2016 bronze medalists for a chance at gold.
Japan’s best Paralympic result to date is seventh, but now it can claim a gold or silver medal in the trophy cabinet thanks to its reliable one-two from Renshi Chokai and Hiroaki Kozai.
On Friday, it was Chokai who did the most damage with 20 points and eight rebounds and assists. Kozai put up 17, seven and four.
Individual bocce gold medalist Hidetaka Sugimura kept his hopes for a second medal alive as he and his teammates clinched a 6-4 win over Brazil in the teams’ final pool game.
In the 4-4 final, each team had a chance to advance to the semi-finals at the other’s expense, but Japan prevailed.
Japan will face Thailand for a place in the final, while Sugimura will meet Watcharaphon Vongsa again, the man he beat for gold in the BC2 individual competition.
In the BC3 Boccia Pairs Competition, Japan took a tie-break win in the last pool game and beat Brazil to the semi-final place.
After four ends the game was finished 3: 3 and Japan won with a point tiebreak end.
The new Paralympic events badminton and taekwondo continued one day after the Peruvian Leonor Espinoza Carranza won the first gold medal in martial arts in the K44 under 49 kg.
Their win means 83 countries have won at least one medal in the Tokyo Games, setting the Rio 2016 record.
International Paralympic Committee spokesman Craig Spence said the “strength in depth is certainly increasing” in parasports, but acknowledged that “there is still work to be done”.
“If you look at the medal table, there is a north-south divide where all the rich nations are at the top and the smaller nations that are less developed at the bottom, and that depends on the technology that supports it,” said he “We want to work with governments around the world to make assistive technologies more affordable for everyone.”
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