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Great Day in the Rain at Tokyo Paralympics

INTERNATIONAL: It’s been pouring down in Tokyo, but it hasn’t put a dampener on Paralympic glory. More world records were smashed on Tuesday and Wednesday, with Britain notching up its 1000th gold Olympic/Paralympic medal since new funds were injected into British sport after the country’s disastrous showing at Atlanta in 1996. Dame Sarah Storey won her 16th gold medal in the Women’s C5 cycling time trial. Most of the action though was on the drenched surface of the athletics track.

French runner Charles-Antoine Kouakou achieved a surprise victory in the men's T20 400m final. Mexico's Jose Rodolfo Garcia could hardly hide his delight either at winning gold in the T38 400m final. In the women's T64 200m it was a great day for the Dutch as they picked up gold and bronze. Marlene Van Gansewinkel roared with delight as she crossed the finish line in a new Paralympic record time of 26.22. She was followed by Germany's Irmgard Bensusan in second and fellow Dutch runner Kimberly Alkemade in third. In the women's T11 100m, Venezuela's Linda Patricia Perez Lopez won gold, having watched her sister pick up a bronze medal earlier in the day.

Archery also provided a stunning spectacle, with China's He Zihao firing nine successive ten-point arrows to take home the gold medal. The 2020 Paralympics end on Sunday.



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