China sweeps 5 golds on first day of Tokyo Paralympics
China on Wednesday won five gold medals, ranking second in the medal standings with 8 medals on the first day of the Tokyo Paralympics.
Medals were awarded in track cycling, swimming and wheelchair fencing.
Wheelchair fencer Feng Yanke of China reacts after winning the men's sabre individual category B final against Adrian Castro of Poland at the Tokyo Paralympics in Tokyo, on Aug 25, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]
China swept all the four golds in wheelchair fencing.
Wheelchair fencer Li Hao beat Ukraine's Artem Manko to claim China's first gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics by taking the men's sabre individual category A crown. This was also the first gold the 26-year-old won in his Paralympic debut.
"I wanted to try my best and what we practiced as usual. I was just using my pace to get every point," Li said.
Gold medalist Zhang Li of China celebrates on the podium next to silver medalist, Tully Kearney of Britain, and bronze medalist Monica Boggioni of Italy during the women's 200m freestyle S5 medal ceremony at Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo, on Aug 25, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]
Later, Chinese swimmer Zhang Li won the fifth gold for the country in the women's 200m freestyle-S5, after a stunning late surge in the last 50m to beat Britain's Tully Kearney.
"I spent five years preparing for this. At the last turn I was able to see Tully Kearney, who was in the first place. I just told myself to go for it. I just kept chasing, and I finally was able to do it," Zhang said.
The 23-year-old first competed in the Rio 2016 Paralympics, taking home three golds.
Wheelchair fencer Bian Jing of China celebrates on the podium after winning gold during the women's sabre individual category A medal ceremony at the Tokyo Paralympics in Tokyo, on Aug 25, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]
Gold medalist Tan Shumei of China celebrates on the podium next to silver medalist, Olena Fedota of Ukraine, and bronze medalist, Xiao Rong of China during the women's sabre individual category B medal ceremony at the Tokyo Paralympics in Tokyo, on Aug 25, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]