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The Greatest Moments of Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

The Paralympics 2020 ended on September 4, 2021, leaving us with many extraordinary moments and new records. After being postponed for a year, the games signified progress. They were full of action, delight, entertainment, and nail-biting moments. Many records were broken and new ones were set. New games (badminton and taekwondo) were added, and several countries (such as the Maldives and Bhutan) made their debuts.

Here we have compiled some of the greatest moments of Paralympics 2020.

  • The Paralympics began soon after Afghanistan’s contenders were barred from competing due to the worst humanitarian catastrophe in the country’s history. After the Taliban gained control of Afghanistan, the athletes who were due to compete, para-taekwondo Zakia Khudadadi and discus thrower Hossain Rasouli, were unable to attend the games. Khudadadi was set to be Afghanistan’s first female Paralympic athlete. A volunteer flew the Afghan flag in solidarity at the opening ceremony. Both the athletes were rescued from Afghanistan later and were able to participate in the games.
  • Six athletes participated as the official Paralympic Refugee Team. The team represented more than 82 million people from around the world who have been forced to flee war, persecution, and human rights abuses, 12 million of whom live with disabilities. The team consists of 5 men and 1 woman. The team made its debut at the previous Paralympic games with just two athletes.
  • Anastasia Pagonis of the United States broke her own world record to earn a gold medal in swimming. The young swimmer shattered the world record to smithereens before breaking it again to win the 400m freestyle S11 final in 4:54.49.
  • In the Women’s Singles Class 4 Category, Bhavina Patel earned India’s first-ever medal in table tennis. This was her debut game, and even though she said that she didn’t play her best, she made history.
  • Avani Lekhara, a 19-year-old rifle shooter, became the first Indian woman to win a Paralympic gold medal. She is also the first Indian woman to win multiple Paralympic medals.
  • Sumit Antil, a javelin thrower, broke his own world record thrice to win the gold medal.
  • With a total of 19 medals, this was India’s most successful Paralympic run (5 golds, 8 silvers, and 6 bronzes).
  • Sri Lanka won its first-ever Paralympic medal as Dinesh Priyantha Mudiyanselagein javelin throwsmashed the world record created by Devendra of India. 36-year-old Haider Ali, Discus Throw won Pakistan its first-ever Paralympic gold medal. All the 3 medals ever won by Pakistan belong to Haider Ali.
  • Jennette Jansen of the Netherlands won a gold medal 33 years after her last. Her last gold medal came at the 1988 Paralympics in Seoul.
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  • Zheng Tao of China won four gold medals in swimming. He is renowned as the armless swimmer, and besides winning four gold medals in the Paralympics, he has captured the hearts of people all around the world.
  • Australia’s Prime Minister confirmed the Paralympians will be paid the same amount as the Olympians for the first time.
  • A sprinter from Cape Verde, Keula Nidreia Pereira Semedo got engaged to her partner and guide minutes after finishing her race in a surprise proposal.

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