The wait was worth it, as records fell, new talent emerged, and sporting legends were confirmed at the Tokyo Games.
Below is a collection of our favorite moments…
Ali Jawad Britain’s strongest man
Jawad was sixth in the powerlifting category at 59kg. Jawad was not the strongest competitor in the tournament, but he showed that strength is more than just physical. It’s also mental and emotionally based. For the past three years, Jawad has been self-isolated from powerlifting to manage Crohn’s Disease complications. According to him, qualifying for Tokyo was the ‘golden medal’.
Ellie Robinson – Triumph, not defeat
Robinson admitted that Perthes’ disease had meant “time was up” for her hip, and she didn’t have any plans to continue swimming. She finished fifth in the S6 50m Butterfly. Her tearful interview with viewers left them heartbroken, but they were able to see a new respect for Paralympians. “I went where I wanted.”
Neil and Lora Fachie – Golden couple
Neil took home gold in the men’s B 1000m time trial and then broke the World Record minutes later when Lora did the exact same thing for the women’s BM 3,000m individual pursuit.
Hannah Cockroft: Three consecutive weeks
Cockroft now has three T34 100m Gold medals. This is her third World Record. Cockroft said that there has been a lot of pressure on the Games and an insecurity. The pressure was there, but it wasn’t. Family can attend, or they can’t. It’s been a long wait, and we don’t know what to expect. It’s amazing to be able to get out there and not feel like it. It was something I didn’t think possible.”
Dame Sarah Storey – Hi-Storey maker
Storey was awarded the ParalympicsGB’s first Paralympic gold in Tokyo 2020, the C5 3,000m individual pursuit. This gave Storey a great example to all the British athletes. Later, she followed that up by winning her 16th Paralympic gold medal in the C5 time trials and equaling swimmer Mike Kenny, making her the greatest British Paralympian of all times. She then went one better when she won her third Games medal in the C4-5 roadrace. This was 29 years ago, her first Paralympic medal.
Kylie Grimes – Iron lady
ParalympicsGB won their first ever gold medal in wheelchair rugby mixed gender when Kylie Grimes was the sole woman to take home gold. Although wheelchair rugby is mixed-gender sport, there had never been a woman on the winning team for a gold medal. Fourteen of eight competing teams at Tokyo included a female member.
Ben Watson: Zero to Hero
Watson watched the 2016 Paralympics live on television. He weighed 92 kg and was “drinking lots of beer and partying,” he stated. After completing the Talent ID program in 2016, he went on to win C1-3 trial gold.
Tully Kearney- Fighting back
Kearney beat Li Zhang by one hair in the 100m Freestyle S5 and finished second in the 200m S5 freestyle S5 race.
David Smith – Hair highlights
Smith was forced to work hard in order to keep his Paralympic title. He came back from two down to beat Chew Wei Lun 4-2. Red and blue were the most popular hairstyles at the Games.
Sophie Hahn – Undefeatable
After a difficult few years, Hahn successfully defended her T38 100m title. There was also much controversy around her classification. Hahn has won all major finals for the past seven years. This was despite it being very close.
Thomas Young – Surprise package
Thomas Young was more than a little surprised when he broke 11 seconds to win the T38 100m gold.
Christopher Skelley: Tea’s up
ParalympicsGB’s 100kg judo gold medal winner, he thanked his girlfriend and suggested she “get the pork pie in the fridge…and get the kettle on because I’m dying to have a brew.” She replied “Love you too darlin!”
Jody Cundy – A true sportsman
After he won a silver medal in the C4-5 1000m time trial, Jody Cundy was the first ParalympicsGB man to win a medal at seven Games. Alfonso Cabello Llamas of Spain, the last rider out, took him to second place with a World Record. Cundy gave Cabello Llamas the gold medal in a display of sportsmanship.
Maybe it was good karma, which enabled him later to win a gold medal for his team. He overtook a Chinese rider by one nose in the last lap of the mixed C1-5 team sprint at 750m. China is currently the world champions, but they were defeated by Jaco van Gass, Jody Clundy and Kadeena Cundy.
Phoebe Paterson Pine – Long shot
After entering the Games completely outsider, she won gold in women’s compound bow archery. She was ranked 15th in the world.
Jonnie Peacock – Double vision
In the 100m T64, the 2016 winner had to settle with a bronze – just like German Johannes Floors in the same race. They could not be separated in the stopwatch. The winner was Felix Streng, and Sherman Isidro Guiity Guity were second.
Passion – Will Bayley
Bayley is a Paralympic champion. Bayley was issued a yellow card after he celebrated his win in the semi-finals on Day Four by moving down the courts to cheer for his team.
Dan Greaves- The Joy of Six
Greaves won a bronze medal in F44 discus and became the first British Paralympian ever to be awarded a medal at the Paralympic Games.
ParalympicsGB: Universal victory
ParalympicsGB’s success is illustrated by the universal relay. After China was disqualified, the team of Nathan Maguire and Ali Smith as well as Jonnie Peacock, Jonnie Peacock, and Libby Clegg, were elevated to silver.
Reece Dunn, Heavy Metal
Swimmer Dunn may need to bring an additional box for airport security. Dunn only brought home three golds and one silver medal. This is more medals than any British Olympic athlete at the Tokyo Games.
Aled Davies: Daddy is coming home
After winning F63 shot put, Davies made a special mention of his daughter and said: “Daddy did that and he’s bringing back a nice little necklace.”
ParalympicsGB was not the only one that brought out great moments at these Games. Tokyo was a city to be remembered by athletes from faraway places.
Manuel Antonio Vaz da Viiga and Keula Nidreia Semedo – Hand in glove
After finishing fourth in T11 women’s 200m heat, Keula Nidreia Semedo, Cape Verde’s visually impaired sprinter got a ring rather than a medal. Manual Antonio Vaz da Veiga, her running guide suggested that she had just crossed the finish line.
Hossain Rasouli – Afghan athlete
Hossain was among two Afghan athletes who were evacuated safely from Afghanistan’s rapidly deteriorating conditions. Although he arrived too late in Tokyo to participate in the 100m race, he finished last in T47’s long jump final.
Tiago Parana, Goal of the Games
The Brazilian grabbed the ball from his half and beat four other players to get it in the end. Japan was defeated 4-0 by Brazil during the group 5-a-side match.
Say Goodbye to Games
Libby Clegg announced that she is retiring from sports, but it may also mark the end of the Paralympics for Parasport legends Jonnie Peacock and Richard Whitehead. Unfortunately, Ellie Robinson, a swimmer has had to contemplate her future. Alfie Hewett is a tennis player with Perthes’ Disease. She may also be exiled from some sporting events.
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Publited at Thu, 9 Sep 2021 11.31:58 AM +0000