The flame was extinguished because the Tokyo Paralympic Video games got here to a detailed on Sunday, however Russian opponents will probably be leaving Japan with a document medal haul for his or her efforts this yr.
The Closing Ceremony in Tokyo referred to as time on an occasion which – similar to its Olympic counterpart earlier this summer time – was delayed by a yr because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Beset by comparable fears of coronavirus outbreaks, Olympic organizers and locals will doubtless be relieved to see the present roll on to Paris in 2024.
Nonetheless, the Paralympians themselves can look again on one other exceptional occasion at which they captured consideration all over the world with some sensational performances.
That included from members of the Russian crew, this yr competing below the banner of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) as a consequence of ongoing WADA sanctions.
The RPC crew racked up a document tally of 118 medals in Tokyo – beating the haul of 102 they’d accrued in London in 2012 – to place them fourth within the total medal desk.
In complete, Russian representatives claimed 36 purpose, 33 silver and 49 bronze medals in Japan.
That put them behind solely China (who topped the desk with 96 gold, 60 silver and 51 bronze), Nice Britain (41-38-45) and the USA (37-36-31).
“Our crew felt critical help and was in a position to present a worthy end result, retaining its main place within the worldwide enviornment and taking fourth place within the medal standings,” stated Pavel Rozhkov, performing head of the RPC.
“Basically, I can say that all through all of the Video games our athletes have delighted us with good outcomes, and typically even sudden ones.”
That reward was echoed elsewhere, as Russian athletes returned to the Paralympics for the primary time since 2012, having been hit with a blanket ban in Brazil 5 years in the past amid the doping scandal which rocked Russian sport.
“I’ve nice respect for the Paralympic motion,” beamed famed Russian figure-skating coach Tatiana Tarasova.
“God grant that the identical circumstances be created for them as for all different athletes. They’re our pleasure.”
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko had comparable phrases of help.
“All Russian Paralympic athletes who competed in Tokyo raised the bar and unambiguously elevated the depth of competitors,” stated the official.
“I congratulate all of the winners and prize-winners of the Paralympic Video games in Tokyo, I want you power of spirit and new victories.”
Chernyshenko made particular point out of Russian a number of medal winners in Tokyo.
Three Russian swimmers scooped a hat-trick of golds in Japan: Valeria Shabalina, Roman Zhdanov, and Andrey Kalina.
5 Russian stars received double gold: Andrey Nikolaev and Bogdan Mozgovoi within the pool, Mikhail Astashov within the highway and observe biking, Alexander Kuzyukov in wheelchair fencing, and Dmitry Safronov on the athletics observe.
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