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India closes 2020 Paralympic Games with historic 19-medal finish

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India concluded its Tokyo Paralympic Games 2020 campaign with its biggest medal haul to date, taking home a record of 19 medals. 

All-time high: The 54-strong Indian contingent finished 24th in the overall standing, winning five gold, eight silver, and six bronze medals, NDTV reported. Prior to the 2020 Paralympics, India had won a total of 12 medals since its first appearance at the Paralympics in 1968.

Asian American Paralympian Ian Seidenfeld carries family legacy by winning table tennis gold in Tokyo

Ian Seidenfeld wins gold medal in table tennis at the Paralympics

Asian American table tennis player Ian Seidenfeld is now a gold medalist like his father after beating Peter Rosenmeier at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games on Saturday.

Winning moment: Seidenfeld, 20, from Lakeville, Minn., defeated the Danish defending champion 11-9, 11-8 and 11-8 in the men’s table tennis Class 6 held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. He was photographed running to hug his coach and father, Mitchell, as they celebrated his 3-0 victory.

Chinese Paralympic athlete Zhou Xia sets world record in the women’s 100-meter race in Tokyo

Zhou Xia won gold

Chinese Paralympian Zhou Xia, who had to overcome muscular atrophy as a result of a car accident, broke the world record in the women’s 100-meter race at the Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Breaking the record: Zhou Xia, 22, took back the world record title with a time of 13 seconds as she took home the gold in the women’s 100 meters T35 race on Aug. 27, according to the state-run People’s Daily Online.

‘Please hold my hand and help me’: Afghan athletes arrive safely in Tokyo for Paralympics after evacuation from Kabul

Afghan athletes Zakia Khudadadi and Hossain Rasouli arrive at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games

After a public plea for help, Afghan athletes Zakia Khudadadi and Hossain Rasouli arrived safely at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced on Saturday.

Safe evacuation: Khudadadi, 23, and Rasouli, 26, were evacuated from the now Taliban-controlled capital of Kabul to Paris last week. IPC President Andrew Parsons called the trip “a major global operation.”

Haven Shepherd, Team USA’s teen swimmer and suicide bombing survivor, is ready for the Paralympic Games

Haven Shepherd swimmer

Haven Shepherd, a suicide bombing survivor, is ready to take on the world. 

On Friday, the 18-year-old swimmer will be representing Team USA during the Tokyo Paralympic Games for the first time. According to the Associated Press, a debut on the global stage has been a long-time dream for Haven, who has been swimming professionally since the age of 10.

Swimming star Yip Pin Xiu becomes first Singaporean to win four Paralympic gold medals, praised by Prime Minister on Facebook

Yip Pin Xiu swimming star paralympics

Singaporean swimmer Yip Pin Xiu is the first Southeast Asian athlete to take home the gold at the 16th Summer Paralympic Games, upping her total gold medal count to four.

Golden win: Yip, 29, won gold in the women’s 100-meter backstroke S2 competition with a time of 2:14:46 on Aug. 25, according to Channel News Asia.

‘Best setter’ in sitting volleyball opens up about leaving behind her son as she aims for the gold in Tokyo

Sitting volleyball setter

Sitting volleyball star Kaleo Kanahele Maclay opened up about what it’s like to leave her 3-year-old son at home while she aims for the gold in Tokyo. 

Aiming for the gold: Maclay, 25, said that she was “really excited” to bring her son to the Paralympic Games, but is no longer able to due to the new attendance rules because of the pandemic, reported Us Weekly.