TOKYO 2020 PARALYMPICS DAILY RECAP: DAY SEVEN

TOKYO, Japan — Redemption and moving on is the theme of day seven for Team USA’s Women’s Basketball Team and we have highlihghts on the track and in the pool, so let’s get to it!

We start with the aforementioned USA Women’s Wheelchair Basketball team, who moved into the semifinals of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games after winning the quarterfinal against Canada 63-48.

After a pool stage not completely convincing, team USA finally stepped up and won with a convincing performance. Hollermann and Schneider were the top scorers of the match for the US.

On the track and field side of athletics….

There was more gold at the end of the race for Nick Mayhugh, who aced the Men’s 400m t37 Final.

Fellow United States Track and Field Star, two-time Paralympian Roderick Townsend, who was spotted earlier this week with a championship wrestling belt to show how good he was earned some more hardware, adding a silver medal to his collection after recording a 7.43 mark in the men’s long jump T46/47 on Tuesday at the Tokyo Stadium.

Two-time Paralympian Kym Crosby shot out of the blocks and recorded a 12.08 mark in the women’s 100m T13 to win bronze for Team USA. 

Current world record holder Brittni Mason secured the silver medal with a time of 11.97, and teammate Deja Young celebrates bronze with a season-best effort of 12.21 in the women’s 100m T47. 

Breanna Clark lowered her own world record time with a gold-medal performance of 55.18 seconds in the women’s 400m T20. The two-time Paralympian and reigning champion in the 400 defended her title, beating out Ukraine’s Yuliia Shuliar (56.18) in second place. 

Two-time Paralympian Sam Grewe won his first Paralympic gold medal with a 1.88 mark in the men’s high jump T63, topping India’s Mariyappan Thangavelu (1.86) and Sharad Kumar (1.83) in second and third. Grewe owns the current world record in the T63 class of 1.90. 

Onto cycling…

Nine-time Paralympic medalist Oksana Masters won her fourth career gold medal after a triumphant finish in the women’s H4-5 time trial (45:40.05) on Tuesday morning at the Fuji International Speedway. This victory marks Masters first Paralympic medal in Para-cycling as the five-time Paralympian is also a dual-sport athlete aiming to compete in Nordic skiing at the upcoming Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. 

Shawn Morelli won her second medal of the Tokyo Games with a top finish at 39:33.79 in the women’s C-4 time trial. Morelli outpaced the competition and won by a long shot with Australia’s Emily Petricola coming in second over nine minutes later (39:43.09). The four-time Paralympic medalist and two-time champion Morelli also won silver in the women’s individual pursuit. 

Aaron Keith won silver in the men’s C1 time trial after clocking a time of 24:55.40 that approached the first-place competitor in Russia’s Mikhail Astashov (24:53.37). Keith is making his first Paralympic Games appearance just two months after his 50th birthday. 

Meanwhile in the pool…

Team USA dominated the women’s 400m freestyle S8 as Morgan Stickney won gold in a blistering time of 4:42.39 that was only two seconds short of the world record and teammate Jessica Long stayed right in her wake to collect the silver medal at 4:43.41 on Tuesday night. 

Also getting a bronze medal in the pool was First-time Paralympian Matthew Torres in the men’s 400m freestyle S8 (4:28.47) Congrats!

In table tennis….

It was the team of Leibovitz and newly crowned gold medalist Seidenfield who came up just short against the NIgerian doubles table tennis team. The final score was 2 sets to 1.

In Wheelchair Tennis, Great Britain stood in the way of Dana Mathewson and Team USA’s last shot at medaling.at the Tokyo 2020 Games and though Mathewson put up at fight taking Jordanne Whiley to three sets, it was Whiley who would come out on top: (3-6),(6-3), (7-5).

PHOTOS OF THE DAY:

That’s all for now! Have a great day and we will see you tomorrow!

For more photos of the event, please check out the galleries at photos.wheelchairsportsfederation.org.



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