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.
American Paralympic high jumper Sam Grewe took to Twitter on Tuesday to share a touching letter he received from a Japanese man.
Touching message: Grewe, an athlete competing at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, wrote in the tweet’s caption that the local man handed him the note at his event’s venue.
Southeast Asians have banded together to support a Malaysian Paralympic athlete who scored the best in his event but was disqualified to receive the gold medal.
Asian American Paralympian Ian Seidenfeld carries family legacy by winning table tennis gold in Tokyo
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.
Shooter Avani Lekhara made history on Monday when she became India’s first female athlete to win a gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympic Games.
Record-breaking win: Lekhara, 19, set a new Paralympic record and equaled Iryna Shchetnik’s 2018 world record after scoring 249.6 in the women’s 10-meter air rifle standing final event, according to NDTV.
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
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.”
Miyuki Yamada broke Japan’s record as the youngest ever Paralympic medalist at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.
Making a splash: Yamada is the youngest athlete on Japan’s Paralympic team, at 14 years old, and won Japan its first medal of the competition this year, reported Time Out Tokyo.
Haven Shepherd, Team USA’s teen swimmer and suicide bombing survivor, is ready for the Paralympic Games
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
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 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.
Japanese American wheelchair rugby player makes history by being part of the first duo to lead the Tokyo Paralympics
Wheelchair rugby player Chuck Aoki made history alongside paratriathlete Melissa Stockwell as the first duo to lead the Paralympics.
Making history: Aoki, 30, and Stockwell, 41, were voted to be the flag bearers at the opening ceremony by their teammates, according to NBC Olympics.