Tokyo Paralympics 2020: road cycling and table tennis medals, taekwondo starts, and more – live!






















Egberink of Netherlands beats Hewett of GB 6-4 7-6(5)






















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That’s all from me. I’m going to handover to Daniel Harris from here. Enjoy the rest of the action!

























































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I’m at the absolutely biblically wet Fuji Speedway, where I’ve been to see Sarah Storey make history (I actually missed the history, dashing under a tunnel to get to the media interview zone as Storey crossed the line, but that’s by the by).

Storey was obviously asked about her success and her future, and she made a fair observation that, at the age of 43, she’s still a ‘spring’ chicken in the Paralympic game. In her former incarnation as a Paralympic swimmer back in the noughties, Storey used to be in the same cohort as Sebastian Rodriguez of Spain.

Rodriguez, who is now 64, has competed in four different events in the S5 swimming in Tokyo. He is joined in the sexygenarian class (yes I wrote sexy) by the famous Heinz Frei. A handbike racer, he has been competing in the Paralympics since 1984 when the event wasn’t even twinned with the LA Olympics, but held in New York.




































Gold to China in the T1-2 road race








Australian Paralympians to get same cash bonus as Olympians

Australia’s Paralympians will receive the same cash bonus as their able-bodied counterparts after the federal government committed to providing financial support to Paralympics Australia.

Olympics gold medal winners in Tokyo received a $20,000 reward from the Australian Olympic Committee but there was no similar bonus scheme for Paralympians owing to a disparity in funding for the peak sports bodies.

The discrepancy had been highlighted to a wider audience during these Games after Olympic rugby sevens champion and AFLW player Chloe Dalton launched a campaign to provide parity for Paralympians.

A Go Fund Me campaign set up by Dalton to raise money to reward Paralympic medallists had raised more than $50,000 in its first three days; the fund had reached nearly $75,000 of its $100,000 target by Thursday afternoon.

Prime minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday the achievements of Australia’s Paralympians – who have won 60 medals so far, including 13 gold – were of national significance and should be recognised in the same way as the Olympians.

Dalton said: “It’s so incredible to see that people coming together to highlight issues of inequality can create meaningful change. I’m quite emotional and so happy for these amazing athletes who will now be rewarded equally.”

The move brings Australia into line with other nations, such as the USA, which rewards its gold medallists of each team with the same $52,000 bonus. Games host country Japan offers gold-winning Olympians about $63,000 and Paralympians the significantly smaller sum of $38,000.











































Storey wins 17th gold medal

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