The Tokyo 2020 Paralympics are currently underway, and although they’re ending soon, we wanted to give you an overview of some of the biggest moments so far of the games. Records have been shattered, tears have been cried. It’s the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, and all of it comes to an end Sept. 5th. To see even more highlights, click here.
India’s First Female Paralympic Gold
Great Britain Wins Gold in Wheelchair Rugby
Wheelchair Rugby, one of the most popular sports of the summer Paralympics, had it’s championship match last weekend with Great Britain and the US vying for the gold medal. GB won the match. The US hasn’t won gold in rugby since ’08.
Mallory Weggeman of the US Wins Gold, Sets New Record in Swimming
Mallory Weggeman, a paraplegic from Minnesota, made an amazing comeback last week from an injury that caused her to miss the Rio Paralympics. Back at the games, she won gold and set a new record for the 100 m backstroke.
Netherland’s Wins Gold (Again) in Table Tennis
Kelly Van Zon from the Netherlands once again wins gold in table tennis. This is her third time winning gold in the sport.
China Sweeps in Wheelchair Fencing
Known for their impressive skills in wheelchair fencing, China once again proved their might in the sport by winning gold in nearly all fencing categories, and 20 medals overall.
Hannah Cockroft from Great Britain Wins Gold in 100 M Wheelchair Racing
One of the fastest wheelchair racers in the world, Hannah Crockroft, broke her own record in the 100 m wheelchair race, winning for her third time in the category. Great Britain also took silver, while Australia took the bronze.
Susannah Scaroni of the US Wins Gold in 5000 m in Wheelchair Racing
In the world of long distance wheelchair racing, the US’s Susannah Scaroni took gold. Meanwhile Tatyana Mcfadden, also representing the US and known for winning over 16 Paralympic metals herself in racing, took silver.
Kendall Gretsch of the US Wins Gold in Para-Triathlon
In another highly popular sport, Para-Triathlon, Kendall Gretsch won gold. She also won gold in the Winter Paralympics, winning two golds in women’s biathlon sprint and cross country in 2016.
Nigeria Wins Gold in Female Power Lifting
Folashade Oluwafemiayo of Nigeria made an impressive showing in para power lifting, beating her own world record twice and winning gold.