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The final day of the Paralympics saw Australia competing in the Marathon events but there were fourth other sports to finish off with medals on offer.

The final day of the Paralympics came and went in the blink of an eye with the Marathon opening the day’s competition and the Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Gold Medal Match capping off the final event in the afternoon.

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Marathon effort yields gold and silver for Aussies

Athletes in the men’s and women’s T54, T12 and men’s T46 classes braved the wet to compete in their respective marathons on the final day of competition.

The Men’s T54 kicked things off in the early hours of the morning with 15 athletes at the starting line. It was Marcel Hug’s day however who crossed the finish line to take home the gold with a season best time of 1:24:02, not far behind was China’s Zhang Yong who finished in 1:24:22.

There was close to a five-minute wait to see would win the bronze medal. Clocking in at 1:29:05 the United States’ Daniel Romanchuk with the next three racers finishing within a minute of one another.

The Women’s T54 started shortly after and early on it seemed like it was Susannah Scaroni’s (USA) to lose as she lead the pack by over 1:16 minutes at the halfway mark. The group eventually caught her and it was on the hill that Australia’s Madison de Rozario took the narrowest of leads.

She entered Japan National Stadium in front and as Manuela Schaer (SUI) tried to chase her down de Rozario was able to finish in the gold medal position just one second ahead of Schaer with a time of 1:38:11 breaking the Paralympic record. Nikita den Boer (NED) wasn’t far off the pace either finishing with a time of 1:38:16 setting a new personal best.

De Rozario wasn’t the only Australian in the race, Christie Dawes finished in eighth with a time of 1:46:44 and Eliza Ault-Connell came in at 13th at 1:52:26.

The next three races all started at the same time but it was the Men’s T12 that finished in the fastest time. El Amin Chentouf (MAR) lead at the 10km mark and he only built on his lead at every split to set a Paralympic record and win gold in 2:21:43.

Australia’s Jaryd Clifford came in second to win his third medal at this year’s Paralympics with a time of 2:26:09 and Japan’s Tadashi Horikoshi won bronze with a time of 2:28:01.

The next race to finish was the Men’s T46 which saw another Paralympic Record tumble with Li Chaoyan (CHN) finishing with a time of 2:25:50 over a minute ahead of the 13-year-old record set in Beijing.

Brazil’s Alex Pires da Silva stormed in home to break the South American record at 2:27:00 and win silver, while Japan’s Tsutomu Nagata claimed bronze in 2:29:33.

Aussie Michael Roeger managed to finish in sixth with a time of 2:34:45 an incredible achievement considering he injured himself a month out from the games.

Another Paralympic Record was beaten in the Women’s T12 with Misato Michishita (JPN) finishing in 3:00:50 well in front of her competition.

Elena Pautova (RPC) was the next to finish with a season best time of 3:04:16 but it was T11 athlete Louzanne Coetzee (RSA) how impressed even further shattering the previous T11 World Record by 1:42 when she finished with a time of 3:11:13 to win bronze.

Japan and China shuttle their way to gold

There were seven gold medals on offer in the badminton today with singles and doubles competition still to end.

Japan’s Daiki Kajiwara was the first gold medalist of the day beating South Korea’s Jung jun Kim 18-21, 19-21 in the Men’s Singles WH2. In the Bronze Medal Match, Hong Kong’s Chan Ho Yuen defeated South Korea’s Kyung Hoon Kim 24-22, 21-10.

Cheng Hefang (CHN) won gold in the Women’s Singles SL4 beating Oktila Leani Ratri (INA) 19-21, 21-17, 16-21. Ma Huihui picked up another medal for China in the event defeating Helle Sofie Sagoey (NOR) 21-12, 21-5.

Lucas Mazur (FRA) bested Suhas Yathiraj (IND) for gold in the Men’s Singles SL4 winning 15-21, 21-17, 21-15. Setiawan Fredy (INA) won bronze defeating Tarun (IND) 17-21, 11-21.

Japan won its second gold for the day in the Women’s Doubles Wheelchair final, with Sarina Satomi and Yuma Yamazaki defeating China’s Yutong Liu and Menglu Yin in three games, winning 16-21, 21-16, 21-13. Thailand’s Sujirat Pookham and Amnouy Wetwithan won bronze beating the Swiss team of Cynthia Mathez and Karin Suter Erath 21-11, 21-12.

The Men’s Doubles Wheelchair Gold Medal Match was an overwhelming victory for the Chinese team of Mai Jianpeng and Qu Zimo over South Korea’s Jung Jun Kim and Lee Dong Seop 21-14, 21-14. Daiki Kajiwara (JPN) won his second medal for the day alongside Hiroshi Murayama in the Bronze Medal Match, defeating Jakarin Homhual and Dumnern Junthong of Thailand 21-18, 21-19.

Nagar Krishna (IND) won Men’s Singles SH6 gold over Chu Man Kai (HKG) in three games, 12-21, 21-16, 17-21. In the battle for bronze Krysten Coombs (GBR) defeated Vitor Goncalves Tavares (BRA) 21-12, 10-21, 16-21.

It was Indonesia’s day in the Mixed Doubles SL3-SU5 with Susanto Hary and Oktila Leani Ratri beating France’s Lucas Mazur and Faustine Noel 23-21, 21-17. Fujihara Daisuke and Akiko Sugino won Japan its ninth badminton medal of the Paralympics beating India’s Pramod Bhagat and Palak Kohli, 23-21, 21-19.

USA sitting pretty after second consecutive gold

The United States proved its dominance in all forms of Women’s Volleyball after winning gold in the Sitting Volleyball today. Already gold medalists in the Women’s Beach Volleyball and Indoor Volleyball at the Olympics in August.

Taking on China, the US cruised to an early lead winning the first set in 18 minutes with a score of 25-12. The second set may have been slightly closer but the Americans put themselves one set away from a Gold Medal with a score of 25-20.

China finally got the upper hand in the third set, it was the closest set of the match with China sending it to a fourth set winning 22-25.

However, the Americans didn’t waste another set and cleaned up winning the fourth 25-19. Heather Erikson was the top scorer for the match with 21 points, with Kathryn Holloway and Xu Yixiao close behind each scoring 20 points.

It’s the United States second consecutive gold in the Women’s Sitting Volleyball after they ended China’s 12-year reign in 2016.

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The rains are here – USA breaks 33 year drought

The United States ended its 33 year gold medal drought in Wheelchair Basketball at the Paralympics today when they beat Japan 64-600 in the Gold Medal Match today.

It was a dead heat at quarter time with each team scoring 18 points, the United States was out to a five-point lead by halftime, keeping Japan to nine points in the second quarter.

Japan wasn’t out of the match, however, closing the gap in the third quarter and getting out to a three-point lead before the United States brought it back to one at the final break.

With five minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Japan was five points in front but the United States chipped away at that lead to force a nine-point swing, to win 64-60.

Earlier in the day Spain and Great Britain battled for bronze, with Great Britain winning its third bronze medal in four Paralympic Games.

Much like the Gold Medal Match, the first quarter was a dead heat between the two nations with the score tied up at 13 all.

Spain went into the halftime break two points in front but Great Britain pulled out a dominant third quarter to lead 40-50 at the final break.

Unable to overcome the 10 point deficit Spain still put 18 points on the board in the final term but were matched by the Bronze medallists to end the match at 58-68.

Slovakia on target to take gold

Slovakia’s Veronika Vadovičová is now a four-time Paralympic Gold Medalist, this time in the Mixed R6 50 metre rifle prone SH1 after she broke a new Paralympic Record with 248.9 points.

This was her first medal in the 50m rifle prone event, previously winning medals in the 10m standing rifle, 10m rifle prone and 50m rifle three positions events from 2008-2016.

Just 0.4 points behind her was Sweden’s Anna Normann who scored 248.5 securing the silver, and rounding out the podium from Spain was Juan Antonio Saavedra Reinaldo scoring 226.3 points.

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