Australia dominates cycling. China is unparalleled in wheelchair fencing

▲ On the first day of competition in wheelchair fencing, the four gold medals in dispute went to China, a country that started late in discipline but is making great strides.Afp Photo

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La Jornada newspaper
Thursday, August 26, 2021, p. A 11

Tokyo Australia had a rich harvest and put it provisionally at the top of the medal table with six golds. The calculation began with Australian cyclist Big Greco, who won his first gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympic Games by winning the 3,000m individual race at Izu track. The method was in Class 1-3 for passengers with injuries to the extremities, such as amputations or hemiplegia. China’s Wang Xiaomei came in second, and Germany’s Dennis Schindler took bronze.

Australian Cycling added another gold medal with Emiky Petricola in the C4 class for cyclists with severe changes to any limb function. The winner left second place to American Shawn Morelli, while the bronze went to Canadian Kelly Shaw.

UK cyclists Sarah Dam Story and Crystal Lynn Wright took gold and silver, respectively, in the fifth-grade 3,000m chase for the same discipline and left third place for France’s Marie Patoyer.

Finally, Dutchman Tristan Pangma claimed the men’s 4k title in Category B for cyclists with eye problems that completely or severely affected their vision.

Tristan Pangma beat Britain’s Stephen Batty and won the gold, and the bronze in the race fell to Poland’s Marcin Pollack.

In the wheelchair duel, China was undefeated by snatching the four disputed gold medals on the first day of competition. The women’s sword made its debut in these games and won medals in Asian competitions.

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The women’s Class A gold medal went to Jing Bian, the silver medal went to Georgia’s Nino Tipilashvili and the bronze to Ukraine’s Yevnija Prius. In Class B, Shumi Tan won, the silver medal was won by Ukraine’s Olina Feduta, and the bronze went to Rong Xiao of China as well.

Swordsman Li Hao won the first gold medal in the men’s individual sword category. Ukrainian Artem Mankou took the silver, while another Chinese fencer, Tian Jianquan, took the bronze.

In the men’s singles category B class, the gold medal went to Yankee Feng, the silver to Poland’s Adrian Castro and the bronze to Greek Panagiotis Triantavelo.

In the preliminary rounds, the upset was the women’s wheelchair basketball defeat by the defending champions of the United States at the hands of the Netherlands, 68-58.

The Kings in Rio de Janeiro 2016 were defeated by the Dutch players and were preceded by the 2018 world title. World runner-up, Great Britain, was also defeated by another power, the Canadians, 73-54.

In men’s wheelchair rugby, Australia, the champion team in London 2012 and Rio 2016, was defeated to the surprise of not only this team, but also the winner Denmark, where the victory was 54-53 points. The world champion and wide favorite Japan beat France 53-51.

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