2020 Tokyo Paralympics: For the second consecutive Games, Great Britain finished second in the overall table with 124 podium places: 41 gold, 38 silver, and 45 bronze; the men’s wheelchair basketball team earned bronze by defeating Spain, and Krysten Coombs won bronze in badminton.
Great Britain earned bronze medals in basketball and badminton at the Tokyo Paralympics, capping off a medal-laden campaign.
For the second consecutive Games, Great Britain finished second in the overall rankings, with a total of 124 podium places: 41 gold, 38 silver, and 45 bronze. With 207 medals, China came out on top.
Britain’s total was higher than London 2012 (120), although it fell short of Rio de Janeiro five years ago (147). The medal aim for UK Sport was between 100 and 140.
In Japan, the men’s wheelchair basketball team won their country’s penultimate medal by defeating Spain 68-58 in the third-place play-off, with Gaz Choudhry leading the way with 19 points.
“We’ve had so many rejections this summer. This was a heart-to-heart game “Choudhry explained.
“This bronze medal is for the rest of the team. We know where we were before, but now that we’ve won, it seems like more than a bronze. However, this team is deserving of a gold medal.”
After placing third, Krysten Coombs had the final word with the shuttlecock as he celebrated his spectacular piece of metal.
In the SH6 bronze medal match, Coombs came back from a game down to win Brazil’s Vitor Goncalves Tavares 12-21 21-10 21-16, avenging his semi-final loss to second seed Krishna Nagar.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It’s incredible to be able to leave these incredible Games with a bronze medal “Coombs stated.
“As you can see, it’s a fantastic sport that offers a plethora of chances. I’d like to think that by sharing my storey, I can inspire other children with dwarfism at home to realise that there is a path to success.”
The closing ceremony for this spectacular Games in Japan will be held on Sunday, with Boccia champion David Smith chosen as ParalympicsGB’s flagbearer.
David Weir, a six-time Paralympic gold medalist, finished fifth in the men’s T54 marathon with a season-best time of one hour, 29 minutes, and 45 seconds earlier.
Johnboy Smith of the United Kingdom finished 10th in 1:32:25, while Derek Rae of the United Kingdom finished ninth in the T46 race in 2:47:04.
Marcel Hug of Switzerland won the T54 event at 1:24:02, 20 seconds ahead of Zhang Yong of China, with American Daniel Romanchuk third.
British competitors competed in 19 sports, winning medals in 18 of them, with shooting being the lone exception. The ParalympicsGB squad consisted of 226 participants, 126 men and 100 women.
Dame Sarah Storey became Britain’s most successful Paralympian with 17 gold medals after capturing the first gold of the Games for ParalympicsGB.
Smith, a gold medalist in boccia, will carry the GB flag at the closing ceremony after maintaining his BC1 individual title on Wednesday, securing his fifth Paralympic medal after defeating Malaysia’s Chew Wei Lun 4-2 in the final.
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