Chinese clock up 92 Paralympic medals in four days11.09.2016
16-year-old Belgian Lauren Devos tells of surprise after clinching gold with a 3-0 victory in the table tennis singles.
China strengthened their stranglehold on the 2016 Paralympics medal table on Sunday (11 September) with a string of successes across multiple sports.
The teenager beat Gerban Last of the Netherlands to clinch the title with a 3-0 (11-8, 11-7, 11-4) victory at Riocentro Pavilion 2.
“This is a surprise,” he admitted afterwards. “My goal was a medal, but it is a gold medal, so that’s better than a medal. I didn’t expect to win again 3-0, but yeah, I did it.”
China’s medal haul includes a staggering 39 golds, plus 30 silvers and 23 bronzes. Great Britain remain second in the table with 56 medals, including 23 golds.
Her success was one of the stand-out stories of the day at the Olympic Stadium where, earlier in the day, Brazil’s teenage sensation Petrucio Ferreira dos Santos had got the home crowd roaring as he smashed the world record to take gold in the men’s 100m T47.
Meanwhile, the US’s Tatyana McFadden dedicated her first gold medal of the Games for her victory in the women’s 400m T54 to her country, on the 15th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on New York.
“I love the 400m, it’s one of my favourite races, so no pressure,” she said. “Today I won with my heart. I ran for America. It’s September 11th so I ran for the folks back at home and thoughts and prayers for those affected. I honour my country today with a gold medal.
“I think the Brazilian fans helped. They are here to support us. That is the wonderful thing about Olympic and Paralympic Games – it is a community coming together.”
Chinese success continued in the shooting competition, where Xing Huang survived a tense P3 (mixed 25m pistol SH1) battle with Sweden’s “silver bullet” Joackim Norberg to claim his country’s third gold medal in four days.
And China were also victorious in the archery where they claimed the first ever mixed team recurve open Paralympic event gold medal following a four-set win over Iran in the final.
The Barra Olympic Park played host to another bumper crowd on Sunday, many of whom were packed into the Aquatics Centre where there was once again an electric atmosphere.
It appeared that Li had the gold all sown up until the last 25m when Brazilian world and Paralympic champion Daniel Dias staged a dramatic comeback, urged on by a vociferous crowd, only to fall millimetres short.
Elsewhere, Uzbekistan’s swimmers secure the country’s first ever Paralympic gold medals, including a world record for teenager Fotimakhon Amilova in the women’s 100m breaststroke SB13.
Uzbekistan’s other gold medallist was Firdavsbek Musabekov, who shared the top of the podium with Ukrainian Paralympic champion Oleksii Fedyna following a dramatic tie in the men’s 100m breaststroke SB13.
It was the last day of action in the velodrome where the Netherlands’ Tristan Bangma won the men’s B 1,000m time trial.
Completing a great few days on the track for Great Britain, Lora Turnham and her pilot Corrine Hall took gold in the women’s B300m individual pursuit final, and Britain also triumphed in the Mixed C1-5 750m team sprint final. It took their total gold haul in the velodrome to eight.
In the women’s PT2 world champion Allysa Seely of the USA took gold, whilst in the PT5 first place was secured by Australian Katie Kelly, who had gone undefeated in the sport since taking it up two years ago.
Great Britain dominated in the rowing competition at Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon. Rachel Morris took gold in the women’s single sculls, Lauren Rowles and Laurence Whiteley were triumphant in the mixed double sculls, and Britain also won the mixed cox four competition.
In the other final of the day, gold in the men’s single sculls was claimed by Ukraine’s Roman Polianskyi, who led his race from start to finish.
The world record-breaking run continued in the powerlifting at the Riocentro Pavilion 2 with three more all-time best lifts set in the three events of the day.
Meanwhile, there were fireworks – literally – on the first day of competition in the dressage competition at the Olympic Equestrian Centre, where Norway’s Ann Cathrin Lubbe claimed the top spot in the grade III team test.
Lubbe’s victory was made even more impressive as it occurred during a period of competition which was regularly interrupted by bursts of fireworks from the neighbouring town.
Hosts Brazil secured their place in the semi-finals of the football 5-a-side competition with a 2-0 victory over Turkey. They will be joined there by Iran, Argentina and China following their victories on Sunday.
Brazil are also on course to progress in the men’s goalball competition – their 12-2 victory over Algeria on Sunday made it three wins out of three so far. There were also wins for China and the USA. In the women’s competition there were wins for the USA, Canada and Turkey.
In the wheelchair basketball there were wins in the women’s competition for Germany, USA, France and Great Britain, and in the men’s competition for Spain, Turkey, Great Britain, Brazil, USA and Japan.
And in the sitting volleyball competition, Egypt beat Brazil and Japan beat USA in the men’s competition. In the women’s competition, Brazil beat Ukraine and the Netherlands beat Canada.