Third day of Bahrain 2021 Asian Youth Para Games; strong day for Japan’s swimmers and paddlers, Iran dominant in Athletics, a golden day too for Thailand and Singapore

On the third day of the Bahrain 2021 Asian Youth Para Games, Japan’s swimmers and paddlers were in fine form winning six gold medals in the pool and another four at the table tennis. The pool also saw Singapore win two gold medals, their first of the Games, and this was followed up with another gold in Boccia (BC3 Men) putting them in tenth position on the medal table.

Thailand picked up gold medals aplenty too winning every other Boccia gold medal (BC1M, BC2M and BC3F) on offer today apart from the one that Singapore won. This concluded the singles Boccia competition, the pairs and teams start tomorrow.

At the Athletics, not to be outdone by Japan’s dominance in the pool, IR Iran had a very successful morning session, winning six gold medals, which they then bettered in the afternoon session winning an incredible nine gold medals. Thailand also had a golden day, winning six gold medals, two of which were won by Tokyo gold medallist Athiwat Paeng-Nuea (100m M U20 T51-54 and 800m M U20 T53-54)

In Table Tennis, Malak Ali won the first gold medal for Kuwait at Bahrain 2021 after topping the group with three consecutive victories in Singles Female Class 2-3, with Thailand’s Pimrpee Hohcham and Ghaliah Alanazi of Saudi Arabia in second and third places, respectively with one win each.

Thailand added more medals to their tally from table tennis with Wassana Sringam (SF 4-5) and Norakan Chanpahaka (SM5) winning the gold.

Otherwise, it was Japan who topped the table tennis also impressed through their para paddlers with four gold medals through Yuichiro Kitagawa (SM2-3), Genki Saito (SM4), Hayuma Abe (SM9), Mahiro Funayama (SM10).

In the Goalball, Iran’s men continued their unbeaten record when they beat Korea 13-3, ending another game early due to the mercy rule. This was an important victory as both teams had 9 points going into the game and so this result leaves Iran on top of the pool with a final pool match against Jordan who have yet to get a win tomorrow. Thailand’s 12-4 victory over Iraq means that they have drawn level with Korea on nine points which sets up their final pool match tomorrow where they face on another, ahead of Monday’s semi-finals. Thailand’s women won their game against Korea 4-2 which means that they are in a strong position to top their pool and advance straight into Sunday’s final gold medal match.

In Badminton, pool matches continued ahead of tomorrow’s semi-finals.

Powerlifting and Taekwondo get underway as well tomorrow with medals in each sport.

The medal tally at the end of the third day of competition is as follows:

Position by Gold medals

As at end of play 04-Dec

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

1

I.R. Iran

26

30

14

70

2

Japan

19

6

7

32

3

Thailand

18

5

17

40

4

Hong Kong

7

7

6

20

5

Iraq

6

4

8

18

6

Korea

5

4

12

21

7

Indonesia

5

5

6

16

8

Uzbekistan

4

1

2

7

9

India

3

4

6

13

10

Singapore

3

2

5

11

UAE

2

3

2

7

11

Bahrain

2

3

2

7

13

Malaysia

2

2

2

6

14

Chinese Taipei

2

1

2

5

15

Philippines

1

4

5

16

Sri Lanka

1

3

4

8

17

Saudi Arabia

1

3

8

12

18

Kuwait

1

1

19

Jordan

2

2

20

Pakistan

2

2

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