British cyclist Sarah Storyy has joined her illustrious golden history with a shocking defeat by wheelchair rugby powerhouse Australia on the first day of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, late Wednesday.
Australian cyclist Page Greco wins the tournament’s first gold medal the day after the high-energy yet compelling opening ceremony, 354 days later than originally envisioned for the Covid-19 pandemic. I was honored to do that.
Greco won the gold medal in the C1-C3 class 3,000-meter individual pursuit at the Izu Velodrome, defeating China’s Xiaoming Wang and breaking the record.
“I still can’t believe it. I keep looking down (gold medal). It hasn’t really sunk yet,” Greco said.
The 43-year-old caught her compatriot Crystal Lane Light on eight laps 12 times and won the title four times in a row.
“I didn’t expect to go so early this morning, but I’m glad I went,” the story said.
However, at his opening event, the S5 Men’s 200m Freestyle, he could only win the bronze. It was Italy’s Francesco Bochardo who won the new Paralympic record time.
Australia, who defends the gold medalist, was frustrated by their bid for Denmark to win 54-53 and become the first team to win the wheelchair rugby podium for three consecutive games.
“I don’t know what to feel. I just look back and win the next two wins to advance to the semi-finals.”
The tournament was announced Tuesday night by Emperor Imagami of Japan, and the International Paralympic Committee Chairman Andrew Parsons paid tribute to the players who arrived in Tokyo.
The opening ceremony was about a one-winged plane flying in the sky, and unlike the more solemn Olympic opening ceremony, it featured high octane musicals and acrobatic sequences.
The IPC confirmed on Wednesday that a team of two athletes had left Afghanistan, but did not reveal where they went.
Wednesday’s organizers reported 16 new Paralympic-related Covid-19 cases, including two athletes from the Paralympic village, but their identities have not been revealed.
Japan has recorded about 15,500 deaths from the virus, and 40 percent of the population is fully vaccinated.
Tokyo and 13 regions have already been declared a state of emergency, and the Government of Japan decided on Wednesday to expand it to eight more regions.
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The British story shines and the record falls on the first day of the Tokyo Paralympics
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