TOKYO 2020 PARALYMPICS DAILY RECAP: DAY TEN

TOKYO, Japan— With just a few days left in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games pressure is starting to mount. After Day ten, the United States would see another world record get smashed into a million different pieces in the pool, while Goalball’s women played for a a possible gold medal. How did they do? Who set the gold medal? Let’s all find out…

We start indeed with that gold medal for Swimming and the world record that was shattered by Elizabeth Marks who was totally on the mark and in the zone. She set the World Record in the Women’s 100-Meter Backstroke with a time of 1:19.57. This is the third medal of the Tokyo Games for Marks, as she earlier won two Silver Medals.

Also in the pool, call him “Superfly” because he earned it. 28-year-old Evan Austin won an emotional swim in the Men’s 50-Meter Butterfly S7 to get his first ever Gold Medal in Paralympic performance. He blew away the competition with a time of 28.98 seconds. On the Women’s side of the 50-meter Butterfly S7 it was Three-time Paralympian Mallory Weggemann taking home silver honors with her recorded time of 34.30. Congrats to the both of them!

Jessica Long of Team USA who is #6 by herself in the Tokyo 2020 Medal count and 28-time overall medal winner added number 29 to her career resume by placing first and grabbing a Gold Medal in the Women’s 100-Meter Butterfly S8 at 1:09.87 at the Tokyo Aquatics Center. Long is now the second most decorated Paralympian for The United States all-time and continues to impress.

How did Robert Griswold spend his Tokyo 2020 vacation? Picking up Gold Medals in the Men’s 100-meter Butterfly S8, and his score was a paltry 1:02.03. The medal is his second of his career.

Robert Griswol doing the Butterfly s8 on September 2, 2021. (PHOTO CREDIT: Danny Chin)

Today in Goalball, the Men’s team lost the bronze medal match 7-10 to Lithuania, and the Women’s team earned the silver medal after Turkey took Gold with a final score of 2-9. Both USA teams put up a fight, and both the men and women expressed being proud of their effort and how far they made it at their Tokyo 2020 Paralympic tournaments.

LIsa Czechowski of Team USA on the journey they faced:

“We had such a tough journey to get to this gold medal game, every moment of every game meant so much to me.”

Brianna Salinaro kicks against Silvana Mayara Cardoso Fernandes during Taekwondo on Friday, September 3, 2021. (PHOTO CREDIT: Lev Radin)

Taekwondo debuts at the Paralympics, but for Team USA it is not a brilliant one. Brianna Salinaro lost the first match in the K44 -58kg category against Silvana Mayara Cardoso Fernandes (BRA) 15-2. In her second match, in the repechage for the bronze match, she lost against Palesha Goverdhan (NEP) 10-0.

In Men’s Wheelchair Basketball, Team USA moves into the Gold Medal Match. Team USA won a semi-final against  Spain 66-52 with their best performance so far in the tournament. Team USA has the chance to defend the Gold Medal they won in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. They will play the winner between Japan and Great Britain.


Team USA Brian Bell (#8) Scoots around oppositional Spain players in order to secure 2 of his 20 points during the game on September 3, 2021. (PHOTO CREDIT: Michael A. Clubine)

The women’s sitting volleyball team swept Brazil, 3-0, in the semifinal match at the Makuhari Messe Hall A on Friday night to advance to the Paralympic Gold Medal game. Team USA was led by five-time Paralympian Lora Webster She has 10 points in the match. The United States will play the winner of China versus Canada on September 5th.

In Athletics, Raymond Martin took the Gold Medal home for his role in the Men’s 100m – T52 with a time of 16.99, Martin is no stranger to the race as he owns the World records and the Paralympic records for the same event.

In the Men’s 400m T62 final, Hunter Woodhall colleted bronze after recording a time of 48.61 seconds.

In Seated Javelin T54, Justin Phongsavamh took home a bronze medal with a throw of 31.09 meters. Also, Cassie Mitchell got a silver medal with her toss of a 24.18 in the Seated Club Throw F54.Congrats to them him!

And finally, in the 4x100m – Universal Relay The United States Set a new World Record for the relay event, registering in at 45.52, just edging out Great Britain and Japan.

After Day Ten, here’s a check on your overall medal count.

Medal Count:

CountryGSBALL
1 China 85 50 45 180
2 Great Britain 37 32 38 107
3 RPC 33 28 43 104
4 United States 32 33 24 89
That’s all for now, have a great day! See you tomorrow!

For more photos please check out photos.wheelchairsportsfederation.org

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