Day 3 round up from the Hangzhou Asian Para Games

World records tumble at the Athletics, China’s golden girl stars in the pool

Four World Records were broken today at the Huanglong Sports Centre Stadium on the third day of para-athletics, including two by athletes from India, both in men’s Javelin.

SUMIT started the Indian World record charge when he threw 73.29 in the Men’s F64 breaking his own World Record of 70.83 that he’d set at the World Championships in Paris and smashing his Asian Para Games record of 56.29 that he set in Jakarta.

Then it was the Sundar Singh GURJAR’s turn. He threw 68.60 in the Men’s Javelin Throw F46 and was joined on the podium by fellow countrymen RINKU (silver) and Singh AJEET (bronze). With India HANEY also taking Gold in the Men’s Javelin F37/38 and Pushpendra SINGH taking the bronze in SUMIT’s event, India’s won six of the nine medals on offer in Men’s Javelin today.

The women at Athletics were on World Record breaking form too. China’s WEN Xiaoyan broke her own World Record that she set in Tokyo when she ran 26.18 in the Women’s 200m T37 event and Indonesia’s Karisma Evi jumped 4.16 in the Women’s Long Jump T42-44/61-64 final, breaking the World Record for the T42 class.

In the pool, it was China’s day again as they won 40 of the 57 medals on offer, with clean sweeps (gold, silver, bronze) in nine of the events. JIANG Yuyan won three of these today alone, including two Golds in the Women’s 50m Butterfly S6 and in the Mixed 4 x 50m Medley Relay – 20pts. This takes her individual medal tally to four Golds and one Bronze, enough to put her in 12th place on the overall medal table.

Elsewhere the first medals were won in Archery, where China took three of the four Gold medals on offer. Three more days of Archery medals await and IR Iran’s Zahra Nemati will be looking to improve on her silver medal in Women’s Doubles Recurve.

China also dominated the Table Tennis medals as the first ones in the Singles event were awarded. They took 10 of the 21 Golds on offer. Iraq’s Najlah Imad Lafta AL DAYYENI got perhaps the biggest cheer of the day as the Iraqi delegation packed the stands to support her and see her take Gold in the Women’s Singles Class 6.

It was Thailand however who dominated the Boccia Individual events, winning three of the eight gold medals on offer.

The first medals were also awarded in Wheelchair Tennis with Japan taking two of the three gold medals on offer (Yui KAMIJI/Manami TANAKA in the Women’s Doubles and Daisuke ISHITO/ Koji SUGENO in the Quad Doubles). With SUGENO and ISHITO facing each other tomorrow in the Quad Singles, Japan are guaranteed at least one more medal and it could be more with KAMIJI in the Women’s Singles Gold medal game tomorrow and at least one Japanese man guaranteed a place in the Men’s Singles final in Friday (27th October).

At the end of Day 3, China have a won a total of 300 medals, 118 of which are Gold. IR Iran sit in second place on 73 medals including 24 Gold and Japan are in third place.

Tomorrow will see the first medals in Badminton, the first in Road Cycling, and the first in the Wheelchair Basketball women’s event where THA v IRI will contest the bronze medal match and CHN will face JPN in the gold medal match. Sitting Volleyball moves into the Semi Final stage for the men as does Goalball.

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