First ever Gold medal for Pakistan, UAE get Gold
Pakistan was celebrating its first ever Gold medal at a Paralympic Games when Haider ALI won the Men’s Discus Throw F37 final with a Personal Best throw of 55.26m. ALI has won all three of Pakistan’s Paralympic medals and now has a complete set of Gold, Silver and Bronze. His other two medals were won in 2008 and 2016 in Long Jump, showing what a versatile athlete, he is.
At the Asaka Shooting Range, it was a glorious Gold for UAE’s ALARYANI Abdulla Sultan in the R7 Men’s 50m Rifle 3 positions SH1 event, the UAE’s first in Tokyo and his second ever Paralympic title. China’s ZHANG Cuiping won the Gold medal in the Women’s R8 – Women’s 50m Rifle 3P SH1 event, with India’s LEKHARA Avani getting Bronze and her second medal of the Games.
The team sports are drawing to their conclusion and today the medal matches in Goalball took place. Japan’s women secured a Bronze, beating Brazil 6-1 taking their all-time medal tally in this sport to three. Then it was China’s men’s turn to face Brazil in the Gold medal match. At half time, they were 0-2 down and couldn’t pull it back, eventually losing 2-7 to take the Silver medal.
In the Sitting Volleyball China’s Women met Canada in the Semi-finals. They won 3-0 which takes them through to the Gold medal match against the USA on Sunday.
Wheelchair Basketball saw Japan’s men face Great Britain in the Semi-final for a place in Sunday’s final against the USA. Japan lost the first quarter but won the second and at half time the match was evenly poised JPN 33- 36 GBR. They continued to grow into the Game and eventually came out 79-68 winners. This means that Japan will win their first ever Paralympic medal in Men’s Wheelchair Basketball on Sunday.
The final medals in Table Tennis, Cycling and Swimming were decided. In Table Tennis it was once again China who dominated with victories in the Women’s Team Classes 4-5, Men’s Team Classes 6-7 and 9-10. This meant that they picked up three of the five gold medals on offer and over the course of the Games have won over 50% of the Gold medals on offer. Thirteen of China’s Table Tennis squad will be returning home with more than one medal.
In the final day at the Aquatics Centre, China and Japan both picked up medals. Japan got Gold and Silver in the Men’s Butterfly 100m S11 final (Gold KIMURA Keiichi and Silver TOMITA Uchu). China’s women also did this in the Women’s 200m Individual Medley SM5 race (Gold LU Dong and Silver Jiao CHENG). China added another three Gold medals, three Silver medals and a Bronze which meant that they led the Swimming medal table with a total of 19 Gold, 19 Silver and 18 Bronze medals.
In the conclusion of the Road Cycling, Japan’s Keiko SUGIURA picked up her second Gold medal of the Games winning the Women’s C1-3 Road Race. The 50-year-old pharmacist who used to compete in non-disabled Triathlon and has only been competing internationally since 2019, now has contributed a quarter of all the Gold medals that Japan have won so far at the Games.
In Taekwondo I.R. Iran’s POURRAHNAMAAHMADGOURABI Mahdi took Silver in the Men K44 -79kg and Korea’s Jeong Hun JOO took Bronze. In the Women’s K44 -58kg event LI Juyie won Bronze, beating Nepal’s only athlete at the Games, GOVERDHAN Palesha.
In Archery, it was the Men’s Individual Recurve Open event today. India’s Harvinder SINGH beat Korea’s KIN Min Su in the bronze medal match. XHAO Lixue faced USA’s Kevin MATHER in the Gold medal match but lost out 4-6 and took the Silver medal.
In Wheelchair Tennis, Japan were in contention for three medals. They lost their first two Bronze medal matches (SUGENO Koji in the Quad Singles and KUNIEDA/SANADA in the Men’s Doubles) leaving Yui Kamiji to try to secure a medal for the host nation in the Women’s Singles Gold medal match. She faced no.1 seed Diede de GROOT from the Netherlands. She lost the first set then fought back from 3-5 down in the second to force a tie-break but lost 6-3, 7-6 in the end.
At the end of day 10 and with two more days of medals to come, the Asian nation medals table looks like this.
Tomorrow will see the final medals contested in the Boccia Teams and Pairs, with China, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand and Korea all in Semi-finals. The first eight Gold medals will be awarded in Badminton with many Asian nations in contention in the Semi-finals including Indonesia’s LEANI RATRI Oktila who is competing in the semi-finals of three events and aiming for a triple crown. Archery will also award its final medals in the Mixed Team Recurve event. China will play Morocca in the Bronze medal match in Football 5-a-side and Japan’s Shingo KUNIEDA will go for Gold in the Men’s Singles in Wheelchair Tennis.