Wednesday, August 25, 2021 16:30 PM (GMT+7)
(Sports news, Paralympic news) The first gold medal at the Paralympics was awarded to the athlete holding the world champion title.
Paralympic Tokyo 2021 officially entered the competition of the first content this morning, August 25. On the first day of competition at the Paralympic Games, a total of 7 disciplines and 24 sets of medals were awarded.
The 24-year-old Australian cyclist “unlocked” the Paralympic gold medal with a world record
The event’s first gold medal always receives special attention, and the recipient of this honor is an Australian cyclist. Paige Greco, 24, won her first Tokyo 2020 Paralympic gold after winning the 3,000m individual women’s handicap category C3 (upper-lower limb disorders, cerebral palsy, limb-hand disabilities).
Finishing with a time of 3 minutes 50 seconds 815 (the old record 4 minutes 0 seconds 206), the 24-year-old female athlete brought home the first gold medal for Australian sports and this is also the first gold medal of the Games.
Second place in this event was Chinese athlete Wang Xiaomei (3 minutes 54 seconds 975), and with a time of 3 minutes 55 seconds 125 German cyclist Denise Schindler won bronze.
“I’m so happy, I can’t believe we did it,” Greco tearfully told Australia’s Channel Seven after winning gold.
Greco, with cerebral palsy, used to compete in Paralympic athletics in the women’s 100 and 200m events, after being discovered to have a talent for racing she switched to competing in this event. She is currently the world champion in the women’s 3,000m individual race. Previously, she also won 2 gold medals at the 2019 world championships in the women’s 500m and 3,000m events.
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