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Successful in Tokyo, team and individual

Saturday 04 September

Titles in the men’s and women’s singles events, added to the same in the men’s and women’s team competition, for three men and five women from China, it was a most successful venture at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, play concluding in the Metropolitan Gymnasium on Friday 3rd August.

In the men’s competition Feng Panfeng won men’s singles class 3 before partnering Zhai Xiang to men’s team class 3 gold; thus, he is now the owner of seven Paralympic Games gold medals.

He completed the same feat in London (2012) and in Rio de Janeiro (2016); in Beijing (2008) he won the singles title.

Imposing from Feng Panfeng, it was the same from colleagues Yan Shuo and Zhao Shuai.

Yan Shuo secured men’s singles class 7 gold prior to partnering Liao Keli to men’s team class 6-7 success; his first Paralympic Games gold medals.

Meanwhile, for Zhao Shuai it is rather different. He emerged the men’s singles class 8 winner prior to allying with Peng Weinan to claim the men’s team class 8 title. Now he is the owner of four Paralympic Games titles, he won men’s singles class 8 in London (2012) and in Rio de Janeiro (2016).

Meanwhile, for Liu Jing, who secured women’s singles class 1-2 gold and was a member of the squad that won women’s team class 1-3, but did not play in the final, she repeated the achievement of the most recent three Paralympic Games. Now she possesses eight gold medals.

The women’s class 1-3 final witnessed Xue Juan on duty with Li Qian, Xue Juan had earlier claimed women’s singles class 3 gold, thus she repeated the feat of Rio de Janeiro.

Overall, four Paralympic Games gold medals for Xue Juan it is six for each of Zhou Ying and Zhang Bian. They secured the women’s team class 4-5 top prize; earlier Zhou Ying had won women’s singles class 4, Zhang Bian women’s singles class 5.

Previously both had achieved the same feat in London (2012), also Zhou Ying had completed the double in Beijing (2008), Zhang Bian in Rio de Janeiro (2016).


Two gold medals for Mao Jingdian

Outstanding success in the wheelchair category, it was the same in the standing events; Mao Jingdian won women’s singles class 8 for the third year in succession, before combining with Huang Wenjuan to claim women’s team class 6-8.

Notably, it was the first time women’s team class 6-8 had been held, previously it was class 6-10.

Editor: Ian Marshall

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