Paralympics roundup: China edge towards 100 gold medals

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By Michael Place

RIO DE JANEIRO,   (Xinhua) — China won three team events on Friday and nine in total as they edged closer to a century of gold medals at the Rio Paralympics.

The Asian nation finished the ninth day of competition with 93 gold, 74 silver and 49 bronze medals, ahead of Britain (58 gold), Ukraine (38), the United States (36) and Australia (17).

Two of China’s team victories came in table tennis and the other in wheelchair fencing.

In one of the most entertaining gold medal deciders of the Rio Games, China defeated Germany 2-1 to clinch the table tennis men’s team class 3 title.

Germany’s Thomas Schmidberger and Thomas Bruchle won the opening doubles encounter against Feng Panfeng and Zhao Ping 3-0 (11-9, 11-8, 11-6).

Feng then beat Schmidberger 3-0 (11-5, 11-9, 11-4) before Zhai Xiang overcame Bruchle Thomas in a gripping five-setter 11-9, 11-6, 6-11, 9-11, 11-5.

China’s other table tennis team success came in the CL 1-3 final, in which Li Qian and Xue Juan defeated Andela Muzinic and Helena Dretar Karic of Croatia.

The Chinese pair won the doubles encounter 3-0 (11-6, 11-2, 11-4) before Li wrapped up the tie with a 3-1 (11-3, 11-5, 11-13, 11-5) singles victory over Muzinic.

In the wheelchair fencing men’s foil team final, China’s Ye Ruyi, Sun Gang and Hu Daoliang defeated Poland’s Michal Nalewajek, Dariusz Pender and Jacek Gaworski 45-27.

There were also gold medals for China in swimming, athletics and archery.

Huang Wenpan broke his own world record in the men’s 150m individual medley SM3 to claim his fifth gold medal in Rio.

Huang touched the wall in two minutes 40.19 seconds, to eclipse his previous record by almost three seconds. Ukraine’s Dmytro Vynohradets took silver in 2:40.75 and Du Jianping bronze in 2:52.32.

Huang’s other victories here came in the 200m freestyle S3, 50m breaststroke SB2, 50m freestyle S3 and the mixed 4x50m freestyle 20 points.

Cheng Jiao secured her third gold medal here by winning the 50m backstroke S4. The 22-year-old finished in 48.11 seconds, beating compatriot Deng Yue by 1.9 seconds.

Ukraine’s Maryna Verbova took bronze in 52.28. Cheng also won the 50m breaststroke SB3 and 150m individual medley SM4 finals at these Games.

Wang Yinan secured his fifth Paralympic gold medal by winning the 50m freestyle S8 final. The 26-year-old clocked 26.24 seconds to beat Ukraine’s Bohdan Hrynenko by 0.43 seconds. Iurii Bozhynskyi, also of Ukraine, grabbed bronze in 26.75.

Wang also triumphed in the 100m freestyle S8 final here to go with the three gold medals he won at the London 2012 Games.

Pan Shiyun claimed his third gold medal of the Rio Paralympics by winning the 100m freestyle S7. The 27-year-old hit the wall in one minute 0.82 seconds to beat Colombia’s Carlos Serrano Zarate by 1.02sec. Ukraine’s Ievgenii Bogodaiko clinched bronze in 1:02.12.

Pan, who won two gold medals at the London 2012 Games, also triumphed in the 50m butterfly S7 and 50m freestyle S7 here.

Liu Cuiqing secured her second gold medal in Rio by winning the women’s 400m T11 final. The 24-year-old crossed the line in 56.71 seconds to beat Venezuela’s Sol Rojas by 0.93sec.

Terezinha Guilhermina of Brazil took bronze in 57.97.

It was Liu’s second gold medal at these Games, following her 4x100m T11-13 on Thursday. She also won silver in the 200m T11 and bronze in the 100m T11.

And Zhou Jiamin defeated fellow Chinese archer Lin Yeshan in the final to clinch gold in the women’s individual compound.

“I am very happy, but I am also very happy that Lin won silver,” Zhou told the Paralympic News Service. “We are very close friends and we both medalled.”

“We are finished with this Paralympics. I want to keep competing and still try my best for our country.”

In the bronze medal match, Korea’s Kim Mi-Soon defeated Iran‘s Abbaspour Somayeh.

Editor: An

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