Streng Unseats Peacock in A Thrilling 100m Paralympic Track Race

TOKYO: On Monday, German sprinter Felix Streng won gold in the T64 100m at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, dethroning British competitor Jonnie Peacock, who shared bronze following a photo finish.

Streng finished in 10.76 seconds, missing the Paralympic record he established just a day earlier in heats, but ahead of Sherman Isidro Guity Guity of Costa Rica, who claimed silver.

After several tense minutes, the result was announced: Peacock and Germany’s Johannes Flores shared bronze with a time of 10.78 seconds.

As they received their flags to join the other medalists, the two were beaming.

On the sixth day of competition in Tokyo, the race was one of the final, with records falling from the track to the pool once more.

Jiang Yuyan, 16, won her first Paralympic gold in the S6 50m butterfly final at Tokyo’s Aquatics Centre after breaking her own world record in the heats.

Jiang was nearly murdered when she was three years old when she was hit by a truck, but by the age of 14, she was breaking world records and earning the nickname “Flying Fish.”

She is the newest addition to China’s Paralympic team, which has dominated the medal table at every Games since Athens 2004.

On Monday, International Paralympic Committee President Andrew Parsons paid tribute to two Afghan athletes who managed to flee Kabul following the Taliban’s takeover of the country earlier this month.

Zakia Khudadadi and Hossain Rasouli arrived in Tokyo over the weekend after a lengthy multinational rescue mission that saw them moved to France for rest and training before travelling to Japan.

Receiving the two in Tokyo, according to Parsons, was “a moment I will remember for the rest of my life.”

Rasouli, a sprinter, will compete in the men’s T47 long jump on Tuesday after arriving too late for his preferred T47 100m.

On Thursday, Khudadadi will compete in the women’s -49kg K44 taekwondo.

The medal ceremony for the winners of the women’s 4x100m relay — 34 points, which had been postponed from Sunday after the US team filed a complaint over their disqualification, took place on Monday.

The team thought they had won silver, but after judges disqualified the US team for an unlawful changeover, Australia was awarded the second place.

A referee dismissed their protest, and an appeal to a jury was likewise dismissed.

Francisca Mardones Sepulveda was also on the podium on Monday, becoming the first Chilean woman to win a Paralympic medal in any sport.

With a throw of 8.33 metres, the 43-year-old shot putter won the F54 category and broke her own world record.

The Chilean competed in wheelchair tennis in the London and Rio Olympics, but then turned to athletics and is competing in Tokyo in shot put, discus, and javelin.

Organizers in the Paralympic village announced on Monday that a self-driving bus service, which had been suspended after a vehicle struck a visually impaired Japanese judoka, will resume operations.

Zainab Murtaza

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