Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games LIVE: Day 1 of competition begins with American women competing in wheelchair basketball


<p>Briton Sarah Storey celebrates with gold medal</p>

Briton Sarah Storey celebrates with gold medal


Sarah Storey kicked off Day 1 of the Tokyo Paralympic Games with gold for ParalympicsGB – a 15th in her stellar career.

Storey broke his own world record by qualifying for the C5 3000m individual pursuit before beating compatriot Crystal Lane-Wright to win gold. Germany’s Denise Schindler captured the first Paralympic Games gold medal with a bronze medal in the C1 3000m individual pursuit.

The Paralympic Games will see athletes give themselves the chance to shine just like the Tokyo Olympics after the delay due to the pandemic.

The hope and expectation is that not only will there be elite level competition, but the organizers want the Paralympic Games to improve and prove that Japanese society is more inclusive.

It is the first city to host two Paralympic Games, 57 years after their first Games in 1964, with 4,400 athletes in Tokyo representing 162 National Paralympic Committees.

There will be 539 medal events offered in 22 sports. Follow all the latest:


Paralympics 2021: defending champion Australia shocked at wheelchair rugby opening

There was an upheaval in wheelchair rugby competition this morning as defending champions Australia suffered a shock defeat to Denmark.

The Danes won in a close game, winning 54-53 to quickly take the lead in Group A.

Great Britain will play their opening game of the tournament against Canada at 9:30 am in Group B, with the United States defeating New Zealand in the group opener earlier today.

Jamie braidwoodAugust 25, 2021 08:40


2021 Paralympics: a good start for British swimmers

It was a good morning for the ParalympicsGB swimmers at the Tokyo Aquatics Center, with seven athletes advancing to the finals later in the day.

Reece dunn set a new Paralympic record in the S14 100m butterfly and will go for gold at 10:05 am The event’s world champion is favorite for gold.

Toni shaw will, however, aim to win the country’s first medal in the pool in Tokyo, when she competes in the women’s 400m freestyle final S9 at 9:10 am. Shaw qualified second fastest for the final earlier today.

Jessica-jane applegate and Louise Fiddes are in place in the S14 women’s 100m butterfly at 10:12 am, while Zara Mullooly reached the S10 final of the women’s 50 freestyle – this is at 11:12 a.m.

Tully kearney and Suzanna Hext will aim to put a finishing touch to the procedure, when they compete in the final of the women’s S5 200m freestyle. Kearney and Hext qualified second and third respectively and are aiming for gold at 12:08 pm.

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Jamie braidwoodAugust 25, 2021 08:19


Bate and Duggleby react to silver medal

“We knew we were aiming for less than four minutes, we are giving everything we have, we left a lot out in qualifying. We didn’t have the same legs, ”said Adam Duggleby after winning silver in the men’s B 4000m individual pursuit with Steve Bate. “It’s a quick turnaround, that’s just the result.”

While Bate added: “I’m not going to say it’s great, we couldn’t do more, we had a huge PB in qualifying, when a bike goes that fast like the Dutch did, you must be impressed with them, we take this on the chin.

Jack rathbornAug 25, 2021 8:02 AM


Sarah Storey: “It’s pretty overwhelming”

“It’s pretty overwhelming, being in an empty stadium, when you finish the race, it hits you.

“Running in a pandemic is tough, when you want to celebrate with people you realize you don’t have your friends and family.

“The team is amazing, but there is a bigger team behind the team, we miss them.

“It’s hard to express after a race, I have won a medal in every Games I have participated in, I have broken the record, I did not expect to go as fast as this morning.”

Jack rathbornAugust 25, 2021 07:44


GB leader in women’s wheelchair basketball

Great Britain leads the break in women’s wheelchair basketball.

They lead Canada 29-26 at halftime, with top scorers Maddie Thompson and Laurie Williams inspiring a great start for GB.

They came out quickly with that three-point lead and held onto that first-quarter advantage until half-time.

Jack rathbornAugust 25, 2021 07:40


Paralympics 2021: Dutch stars dethrone Britain’s Bate to win gold

Tristan Bangma won the Netherlands’ first gold medal in the B 4000m individual pursuit with teammate Patrick Bos.

The Dutch duo dethroned reigning British champion Stephen Bate in the tandem race in a record time of 3:59.

Stephen Bate and Adam Duggelby won silver for ParalympicsGB while Pole Marcin Polak took bronze by 0.276 seconds from Frenchman Alexandre Lloveras.


Jack rathbornAugust 25, 2021 07:26


Sarah Storey wins Britain’s first gold at Tokyo Paralympic Games

Dame Sarah Storey began her quest to become Britain’s most successful Paralympian by breaking her own world record en route to gracefully retaining gold in the C5 3000m individual pursuit.

Read Ed Elliot’s detailed report:

Shweta sharmaAugust 25, 2021 07:14


Paralympics 2021: Sarah Storey wins first gold for ParalympicsGB in women’s C5 3000m individual pursuit

Dame Sarah Storey, who seeks to become Britain’s most successful Paralympian, won gold against compatriot Crystal Lane-Wright.

This is the 15th Paralympic gold medal for 43 years to date in two different sports and eight Games. This is her fourth consecutive gold medal in the C5 3000m individual women.

Jack rathbornAugust 25, 2021 7:00 AM


Dame Sarah Storey: Who is the greatest British Paralympic athlete to finish in world record time?

British cyclist Dame Sarah Storey, 43, has already won 14 gold medals but is hoping to add to her tally at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games this month.

Learn more about her here:

Shweta sharmaAug 25, 2021 06:31


2021 Paralympics: Australia wins another gold with world record

Emily Petricola won Australia’s second gold medal on day one of the Games. She won against American Shawn Morelli. The 41-year-old is a two-time world gold medalist in the women’s C4 pursuit.


Shweta sharmaAug 25, 2021 06:23


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