Golden start for Brazil, Kiprop fourth at Paralympics

Golden start for Brazil, Kiprop fourth at Paralympics

Athletics got underway at the Tokyo Paralympics on Friday with Kenya blowing its first chance to medal at the Games as Rodgers Kiprop and Wilson Bii missed out on podium places in the men’s T11 5,000-meter event. Kiprop came fourth in a personal best of 15:27.06 while Bii finished last in the race won by Brazilian Jacques Yeltsin. Japanese duo Kenya Karasawa and Shinya Wada won silver and bronze respectively. Jacques overtook Karasawa on the final bend to win the opening race on track and take the first athletics gold on offer at the Games. In his first ever major championship throw, Colombia’s Jose Lemos Rivas broke the world record in the men’s javelin F38, going on to win the gold. Tunisia’s Raoua Tlila also broke the world record in the women’s F41 shot put, leading to her fourth successive gold medal. China’s Dong Feixia took out the women’s F55 discus throw. Back on the track, Dong’s fellow countrywoman Zhou Xia broke the world record in the women’s 100m T35 final, beating Australia’s Isis Holt in a time of 13.00 seconds. China’s Tan Shumei added a second wheelchair fencing gold at Tokyo on Thursday (August 26), winning the Category B epee, while Hungary’s Amarilla Veres won the Category A event. In the men’s epee, Great Britain’s Piers Gilliver triumphed in Category A while Russian Paralympic Committee’s Alexander Kuzyukov took the Category B title. In powerlifting, Nigeria’s Latifat Tijani won Nigeria’s first gold medal for the Tokyo Paralympics in the women’s 45kg class, while Kazakhstan’s David Degtyarev beat all comers in the men’s 54kg final. -Material sourced from Reuters

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