Day 12: Asian Nations at Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

Golden final day for Japan, China, Indonesia and India

Ahead of the Closing Ceremony, the final medals of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games were won with Japan, China, Indonesia and India all adding to their Gold medal tally.

Host nation Japan picked up three Gold medals, one Silver and four Bronze medals which gave them 51 medals overall, more than double their tally in Rio and saw them end in 11th place on the overall medal table. Their day got off to a great start when MICHISHITA Misato set a new Paralympic record in the Women’s T12 Marathon as she picked up the final Athletics medal to be awarded at the Games. Her teammates HORIKOSHI Tadashi and NAGATA Tsutomo won Bronze in their events. China’s LI Chaoyan also set a Paralympic record when he won the Men’s T46 Marathon and teammate ZHANG Yong won Silver in the Men’s T54 event.

In Badminton, China and Japan got two gold medals apiece with India and Indonesia both picking up one. First up China’s CHENG Hefang was the winner in Women’s Singles SL4 final,

beating Indonesia’s LEANI RATRI Oktila 2-1. Leani Ratri later teamed up with HARY Susanto in the Mixed Doubles SL3 – SU5 final to contest her third final of the Games. They won 2-0, taking Oktila’s personal medal tally to two Golds and one Silver, not a bad haul for her first Paralympic Games.

Japan’s KAJIWARA Daiki beat Korea’s KIM Jung Jun in the Men’s Singles WH2 final and SATOMI/YAMAZAKI beat China’s LIU/YIN in the Women’s Doubles WH Final to secure two more Gold medals for Japan. China’s MAI/QU were victorious against KIM/LEE in the Men’s Doubles WH final and India’s KRISHNA Nagar beat Hong Kong’s CHU Man Kai in the Men’s Singles SH6 final.

Asia nations were also competing for the final team sports medals in Sitting Volleyball and Wheelchair Basketball but both had to settle for silver.  China’s women lost 1-3 to the USA in Sitting Volleyball in a repeat of the Rio final. Japan’s men narrowly lost in a thrilling Wheelchair Basketball final to the USA 60-64 but the Silver medal was their first ever won at a Paralympic Games and so is still an incredible achievement.

At the end of the Games, a total of 24 Asian nations have won at least one medal and a total of 411 medals overall have been won. Japan have seen the greatest improvement in their performance since Rio, winning 27 more medals than they did in 2016, of which 13 were Gold, whereas no Golds were won in Rio. India also had an extremely good Games, picking up 17 more medals overall and three more Golds than they did in Rio. A Games to be proud of for Asian nations.

 Day 12GoldSilverBronzeTotal
13I.R. Iran1211124
57Sri Lanka1012
68Hong Kong0235
78Saudi Arabia0011
78Chinese Taipei0011

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