Uzbekistan join China in a gold rush; Malaysia, Korea, Chinese Taipei and Hong Kong all get their first medals
Uzbekistan picked up eight medals, three of which were Golds on Day Four of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games which saw them climb the medals table to 12th place.
In the morning session at the Olympic Stadium, their field athletes got the day off to a great start by winning Gold, Mokhigul KHAMDAMOVA (Women’s Discus Throw F57) and Nozimakhon KAYUMOVA (Women’s Javelin Throw F13) and teammate Elbek SULTANOV took bronze in the Men’s Shot Put F12. Later in the day Judoka Feruz SAYIDOV took Gold in all Asian Men’s -73kg final beating Kazakhstan’s Temirzhan DAULET by Ippon. Two silvers and a bronze also won in the Judo and Ruza KUZIEVA’s Silver medal in the Women’s -61kg Powerlifting event rounded off a very successful day for Uzbekistan who are well on their way to match their Rio performance.
China had another strong day, picking up an incredible 32 medals overall of which 10 were Gold. These included the first Gold medal on offer in Archery (Mixed Team W1), two at the Olympic Stadium, one in Powerlifting, two in Swimming where they repeated their previous day’s feat of getting all three medals in one race in the Women’s 100m Backstroke S11 final, one in Table Tennis and two in Wheelchair Fencing, continuing their dominant display in this sport. The Wheelchair Fencing medals (FENG Yanke, Men’s Foil Individual Cat B and SUN Gang Men’s Individual Cat A) were presented by APC President Majid Rashed who congratulated the pair on retaining their Rio Paralympic titles.
Malaysia were delighted to get their first medal of the Games when Bonnie Bunyau GUSTIN took Gold in the Men’s -72kg Powerlifting event setting a new Paralympic Record on his way to victory after lifting 228kg.
Host nation Japan took both of Asia’s medals in the Para-Triathlon when UDA Hideki’s strong run ensured that he took Silver in the Men’s PTS4. YONEOKA Saturo won Bronze in the Men’s PTVI event at the Odaiba Marine Park.
The first day of medals at the Table Tennis gave Asian nations a chance to get off the mark. Korea won six bronze and one silver medal in Table Tennis and added to this with bronze in the Judo men’s -81kg event. Hong Kong and Chinese Taipei also won a bronze medal in the Table Tennis and both will be hoping to add to this as more medals are awarded at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium over the next few days.
The medal tally at the end of Day 4 for Asian Nations looks like this (rank is the position on the overall medal table):
In Wheelchair Rugby host nation Japan were disappointed to lose in the semi-final to Great Britain 49-55. They won Bronze in Rio and will now compete again for the Bronze medal against Australia tomorrow (Sunday 29th).
Tomorrow will see Football 5-a-side and the Shooting will both start. Medals will be contested in eleven sports and Paralympic debutant NPC Bhutan’s GYELTSHEN Gyeltshen will compete in the Men’s Shot Put F40 at the Olympic Stadium.