日からすべてのアクションに従ってください 11 東京パラリンピック
The Tokyo Paralympics has come to an end in terms of the events – and the official end of a summer of toil and glory will come with the closing ceremony.
ParalympicsGB ended the Games in second place in the medal table, a hugely creditable haul of 124 medals all up which included no fewer than 41 ゴールド – only China earned more. The latest successes saw Great Britain take a bronze in wheelchair basketball, repeating their efforts from Rio despite even more struggles than ever before, 一方 Krysten Coombs earned bronze in the men’s SH6 badminton singles too.
David Smith will carry the flag for Great Britain 後 his boccia gold medal success, his fifth paralympic medal overall. 彼は言った: 「パラリンピック競技大会の閉会式でパラリンピックGBチームを率いることは信じられないほどの名誉です。. Not only am I representing the sport that I love, but the wider ParalympicsGB team too.”
The ceremony takes place at the Olympic Stadium and starts from around 11am BST.
Follow all the latest updates from the closing ceremony in Tokyo:
ParalympicsGB chief says team has “rewritten history books” in Tokyo
ParalympicsGB chef de mission Penny Briscoe says that British athletes have “rewritten the history books” in Tokyo this summer.
Despite a drop in total medals won since Rio 2016, the squad has still taken second-place in the standings by a comfortable distance and won medals in 18 の 19 events they entered.
Briscoe told BBC Radio 5 ライブ: “It’s been an incredible Games for ParalympicsGB. We’re absolutely delighted with the performance of the team.
“It has been a monumental effort. It has been challenging, complex and incredibly demanding. Not only in the 12 days we’ve been competing but in the 18 months leading up to the Games.
“The medal total was always going to be difficult in terms of the return of Russian athletes. But for 18 から 19 sports to deliver medal success was an absolutely phenomenal effort by the team.
“We’ve rewritten the history books out here in Tokyo.”
ParalympicsGB secure second in final medal standings
That final bronze medal in this morning’s men’s wheelchair basketball has taken the ParalympicsGB tally to a whopping 127, securing second-place in the overall standings. The British team is taking home 41 ゴールド, 38 silvers, そして 43 bronze medals after an extremely successful summer in Tokyo.
GB has now placed second in every Paralympic Games in the 21st century, except for London 2012, when the team finished up in third spot.
China meanwhile comfortably topped the tally charts which a staggering 93 golds and total of 200 メダル, with the USA rounding-out the podium places in third.
Strong performances from the Netherlands and Ukraine have seen them place fifth and sixth respectively, while Azerbaijan made it into the top ten, ahead of the likes of Germany, フランス, and hosts Japan.
You can take a look at a full breakdown of the final medal table in the article below.
Cockcroft and Skinner “gutted” for very different reasons
もちろん, among all of the glorious moments ParalympicsGB has experienced this summer, there have been a number of tough results to take, あまりにも.
Both Hannah Cockcroft and Zak Skinner were left “gutted” yesterday, but for very different reasons. Cockroft didn’t quite manage to beat her own world record despite taking a dominant victory in the T34 800m race, while Skinner missed out on a medal by two centimetres in the T13 long jump final.
Skinner said: “It just hurts. 大きなステージでそれを管理することができませんでした. I’m going to use this to fuel the fire because I don’t ever want to feel like this again.”
「私は絶対にガチガチです,” Cockcroft joked, その間. “I was so close that to world record, やってみたら近づかなかった.
“I’m really happy with gold but I’m obviously a bit frustrated I couldn’t quite squeeze under that time but to go close on a rainy day. 私はスイスで世界最速のトラックでその時間を過ごしたので、ここに来てそれを複製します, 私は誇りに思う必要があります.
British wheelchair tennis faces difficult future after ‘horrible’ bronze medal match
Despite ParalympicsGB securing another couple of medals in wheelchair tennis yesterday afternoon, the men’s singles bronze medal match was an ordeal for team-mates and close friends Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett.
The pair, who both lost their respective semi-finals, battled over a gruelling three sets in the Tokyo heat before Reid eventually broke serve to take the final set just before the tie-break.
Reid has spent most of his time in Tokyo in self-isolation as a close contact of a Covid-19 case and Hewett’s very future in the sport is in doubt amid a classification row.
Hewett said: “We both said how much [we] hated that match.
「それはひどいものでした. There wasn’t much we could say to each other at the net at the end, we understood where we were both at.”
You can read more about the consequences for the future of the sport in Jack Harle’s analysis below.
The doubles pair face an uncertain future in the sport with Hewett involved in a classification row
Flag bearer named ahead of ParalympicsGB closing ceremony entrance
Boccia gold-medallist David Smith has will carry the Union Jack through the Japan National Stadium later this afternoon after the 32-year-old was handed the honour by ParalympicsGB chiefs.
The Eastleigh athlete retained the BC1 title he won in Rio by besting Chew Wei Lun of Malaysia 4-2, having lost the opening two sets.
Smith said afterwards: 「ここにいるアスリートの顔であることを誇りに思います。, すでに帰国した人も.
「私はこれらの最後に非常に多くのサポートを受けました 12 日々, この栄誉は彼ら全員–アスリートのためのものです, サポートスタッフと英国のファンも同様です。」
Final medal secured by Paralympics GB as basketball history repeats itself
ParalympicsGB won their final medal of the Games earlier this morning as the men’s wheelchair basketball side secured bronze in a pulsating encounter against Spain in Tokyo.
The Brits ran out 65-58 winners in the end after a hard-fought contest in which player-coach Gaz Choudhry’s influence was key. The third-place finish matches the team’s achievement at Rio 2016.
“We didn’t come here to win bronze, we came to make the final but if people knew what we’d been through I think they may understand,” said Terry Bywater – who was part of the squads that also finished third in Athens, Beijing and Rio.
“Losing your head coach just a few days before we arrived was just crazy. It felt a constant uphill battle and this means a lot more than a bronze.
“Gaz knows basketball, he lives and dies for it. He’s been playing a long time and he’s got so much respect from all of us. What a job he did, he’s a legend.”
One more success to add to the collection as ParalympicsGB repeat the performance of five years ago in Brazil
Closing ceremony to round off Tokyo 2020 パラリンピック
Morning! Welcome to the final day of the Independent’s coverage of the Tokyo 2020 パラリンピック, as we bring you live updates from what is sure to be an elaborate closing ceremony at the Japan National Stadium.
そう, stick around for all the action from the spectacular event, plus quotes and reaction from ParalympicsGB athletes after a stunning summer of success for the British squad.
Kadeena Cox weeks away from being ‘a force to be reckoned with’
Paralympic champion Kadeena Cox was just weeks away from being “a force to be reckoned with” on the track, according to her mother.
The 30-year-old narrowly missed out on a medal in the T38 400 metres final in Tokyo, 4位でフィニッシュ – in doing so she was unable to add to the golds she won in the cycling.
コックス, who won gold in both cycling and athletics in Rio five years ago, battled tendinitis in both Achilles ahead of the Games.
“I’m so proud of her because (の) what she achieved today. She knocked six seconds off what she went out with,” said her mother Jasmin Williams, 51, from Leeds.
“For her to achieve that… is something to be proud of.
“I think three more weeks and she would have been a force to be reckoned with. She just needed a little more time on the track.”
Ellie Simmonds hailed as a ‘legend’
Ellie Simmonds has been described as an “amazing ambassador for Paralympic sport” by British Swimming chief executive Jack Buckner as she weighs up her future.
Five-time Paralympic champion Simmonds on Thursday said of Tokyo 2020, where she has fallen short of adding to her medal haul, that “I think this is going to be my last”, adding “I’ll go home and evaluate.”
The 26-year-old Walsall-born athlete has won a total of eight Paralympic medals across four Games, including two golds at Beijing 2008 老いた 13.
Buckner told the PA news agency: “She has been a legend of the Paralympic movement and a legend of British swimming.
“What an amazing ambassador she has been not just for British swimming but for Paralympic sport.
“We’re massively sad for her to leave, but also it’s good to re-evaluate – I think she’s looked a bit at the Commonwealths (the Birmingham 2022 コモンウェルスゲームズ), and whether she might be tempted by that I don’t know.
“Above all else, it’s just massive thanks to her and everything she has done for British swimming and the Paralympic movement.”
彼が追加した: “It’s the longevity of her career, added to the way it was part of that kind of transformation of the Paralympic movement – she’d been at the heart of that.
“Whatever she does next, I think that stuff really means a lot to her and she will probably continue to play a really important role in Paralympic sport.
“I’m sure there will be plenty of things she could do. She is just a lovely person with so many talents and hopefully this is also going to be a platform for her for other things in her life.”
Kadeena Cox falls short of Rio repeat to miss out in Tokyo
British star Kadeena Cox failed to repeat her exploits from Rio as a quest to once again win titles in two sports ended with a fourth-placed finish in the T38 400 metres final in Tokyo.
Gold went to Germany’s Lindy Ave in a world-record time of one minute, with Russian Margarita Goncharova second and Colombian Darian Faisury Jimenez Sanchez claiming bronze.
リーズ生まれのコックス, who last week defended her C4-5 cycling time trial crown, だった 1.16 ペースから数秒, crossing the line in a season’s best 1:01.16.
The time was her fastest since glory in the event in Brazil five years ago and followed a difficult build up in which she battled tendinitis in both Achilles, in addition to ongoing disordered eating.
“I’ve had a really turbulent time," 彼女は言いました. “Fourth place is hard but it was still a great race and I’m proud of myself.
“As an athlete you always want a medal. I came into this not knowing how I would perform but wanting to turn up and be the Kadeena I know and try to retain my title.
“That time for me is amazing with the challenges I’ve had to get here.
“As you can see, I’m very emotional now. I spent every track session just crying, attempting to run and then crying because I couldn’t and that lasted a few weeks before Paula (Dunn) my head coach stepped in and said, ‘if we get her there in one piece she’s going to be mentally broken’.
“When you’ve got two Achilles that are sore, you can run through one but running through two is near impossible.
“Me and the therapy team worked so hard to get me to this point and I only started running on the track a week before selection.
“To turn it around six weeks later and come fourth in a massive season’s best, I’m happy – it’s just hard.”
30歳, who has multiple sclerosis, will leave Japan with two golds, having also won the mixed C1-5 sprint on the bike, alongside Jaco Van Gass and Jody Cundy.
Ave’s winning time shaved 0.71secs off the Paralympic record Cox set at Rio 2016, while lowering the previous global best of Hungary’s Luca Ekler by 0.27secs.
Amid torrential rain at the Olympic Stadium, fellow GB athlete Ali Smith came eighth in a time of 1:03.05.