USA retain men's wheelchair basketball Paralympic title after dramatic win over Japan

Sunday, 2021-09-05 12:06:21
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Jorge Sanchez #1 and Brian Bell #8 of Team United States celebrate after defeating Team Japan during the men's Wheelchair Basketball gold medal game on day 12 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Ariake Arena in Tokyo, Japan on September 05, 2021. (Photo: Getty Images)
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The United States have become back-to-back Paralympic champions for the first time since Toronto 1976 after beating Japan 64-60 in a nail-biting gold medal match at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games on September 5.

Japan came into the match at Ariake Arena as the underdogs. Before the gold medal match, Japan's men's wheelchair basketball team had never made a medal match to the Paralympic Games and history beckoned for them whatever way the result fell - they are the first Asian nation to medal in the event.

It was a gripping match from start to finish as Japan and the United States lock horns in a tense and tight battle.

While the United States outplayed the host nation in the second quarter, scoring 14-points to put a five-point buffer between themselves in Japan, the third quarter flipped the match on its head.

Japan dominated the third quarter and took the narrowest of leads heading into the final 10-minute period.

As the two teams battled for the lead - at one stage Japan had five-points on the United States - the Rio 2016 champions experience prevailed as the clock ticked down.

The final minute of the match felt like a lifetime, but missed shots from Japan and precise free throws from the United States would be the difference as the hooter went.

Ahead of the all-important final - the gold medal match between the United States and Japan - the bronze medal match saw two heavy weights up against each other. Great Britain won back-to-back bronze Paralympic Game bronze medals after beating Rio 2016 silver medallist Spain 68-58 at Ariake Arena.

USA retain women’s sitting volleyball crown

USA continued their dominance of women’s sitting volleyball by overpowering China in a thrilling final to retain their Paralympic crown.

The squad, which brought an end to China’s unbeaten run at the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016, did it again in impressive form to win 3-1 (25-12, 25-20, 22-25, 25-19) on the last day of competition at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

In the women’s bronze medal sitting volleyball match, Brazil came out on top with a 3-1 (25-15, 24-26, 26-24, 25-14) win over Canada.

Lucas Mazur wins France’s first Paralympic gold in badminton

Lucas Mazur showed his fighting spirit as he won a badminton gold at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

After losing the first game, the French badminton player won the singles final (SL4 category) in three sets, 15-21, 21-17, 21-15, against Suhas Yathiraj from India.

This is the first medal for the 23-year-old, but also for a Frenchman in the discipline, as it is the first appearance of badminton on the Games programme.

With a win in the mixed doubles final with partner Faustine Noël (SL3-SU5 category), Mazur would imitate table tennis player Fabien Lamirault as the only Frenchman to have won two titles in Tokyo.

Morocco’s El-Amin Chentouf wins T12 marathon gold

Morocco’s El-Amin Chentouf won the T12 marathon in the Paralympics games in Tokyo.

Chentouf finished with a time of 2:21:43, a new Paralympic record, ahead of Australia’s Jaryd Clifford (2:26:09).

Japan’s Horikoshi Tadashi finished third with a time of 2h 28:01.

It’s the first medal won by the Moroccan para-athlete at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Morocco's para-athletes have won, so far, 17 medals at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo (seven golds and 10 silvers).

Tatyana McFadden finishes fifth in T54 marathon

Tatyana McFadden finished fifth at the T54 marathon, crossing over the line in a time of 1:40:14 at a rain-soaked Olympic Stadium.

In a thrilling finale, Australia’s Madison de Rozario became her country’s first Paralympic marathon winner by just 0.01 seconds after edging ahead of Manuela Schaer of Switzerland in the final straight to clock 1:38:11 – a new record.

The Netherlands’ Nikita den Boer won bronze in 1:38:16.

Marcel Hug successfully defends men’s T54 marathon title

Marcel Hug of Switzerland successfully defended the men’s T54 marathon title that he won at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The Swiss wheelchair racer won the marathon in 1:24:02 to secure his fourth gold medal of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Hug, nicknamed the “Silver Bullet” also won the Men’s 800m (T54), Men’s 1500m (T54) and Men’s 5000m (T54) in Tokyo.

This takes Hug’s Paralympic medal collection to 12 – six gold, four silvers and two bronze, dating back to the Athens 2004 Games.

Misato turns silver into gold

Japan's Michishita Misato has become a Paralympic gold medallist five years on from her silver medal at Rio 2016. The 44-year-old, who is also the world record holder in the T12, crossed the line in a time of 3:00:50 to break the Paralympic record set at Rio 2016.

RPC's Elena Pautova took silver, finishing two and a half minutes behind before South Africa's Louzanne Coetzee came in for the bronze.

Li Chaoyan back-to-back Paralympic champion

The marathons are finishing thick and fast now with China's Li Chaoyan crossing for gold in the men's T45 in a new Paralympic record time of 2:25:50. He won the same event at Rio 2016, and bettered his time in Tokyo by 11 seconds.

Brazil's Alex Douglas Pires da Silva finished just over a minute behind for silver and Japan picked up their second bronze of the morning with Nagata Tsutomu.

Veronika Vadovicova wins her fourth Paralympic gold medal

Veronika Vadovicova of Slovakia hit her target of winning her fourth gold medal at Tokyo 2020 after scoring a Paralympic record of 248.9.

This is Vadovicova's fifth Paralympic Games.

Meanwhile Anna Normann of Sweden took silver at 248.5 and Spain's Juan Antonio Saavedra Reinaldo claimed bronze, which is the first shooting medal of Spain at Tokyo 2020.

Satomi Sarina and Yamazaki Yuma win the women's doubles

Japanese duo Satomi Sarina and Yamazaki Yuma have won Japan's first ever gold in the women's para badminton doubles. The pair beat China's Liu Yutong and Yin Menglu 16-21 21-16 21-13 in a match that lasted 63 minutes.

The Chinese team had a strong start taking the first set but Sarina and Yamazaki pulled back to dominate the last two sets to claim their victory.

Last medal of Tokyo 2020 goes to Japan

Japan's Sugino Akiko and Fujihara Daisuke have clinched the last medal of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games - bronze in the badminton mixed doubles SL3-SU5 - beating India's Pramod Bhagat Palak Kohli 2-0.