Daily wrap-up: The top moments from Day 10 of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo

As swimming concluded at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, here are the pick of the highlights from the tenth day of competition on Friday 3 September. 

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Day ten of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo saw swimming conclude while canoeing was just getting started.

Team USA's Jessica Long added yet another gold medal to her growing medal tally, while four of her teammates enjoyed a world record run in the first ever universal relay in athletics on Friday (3 September).

Here are the top moments from the tenth day of the Games.

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Top 5 moments from Day 10 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics in 2021

Here are the top five moments from the tenth day of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics in 2021.

1: French duo Houdet and Peifer clinch emotional wheelchair tennis gold to defend their title

In a rematch of the Rio 2016 gold medal match, France's Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer faced Great Britain's Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid in the men's doubles.

And it was a similar story to what unfolded in Rio five years ago.

The French pair took the first set 7-5, but lost grip of the second set as the British duo dominated it to win 6-0; it all came down to a tense final set that Houdet and Peifer clinched 7-6 to successfully defend their title.

"I'm so emotional right now," said Houdet.

"We wanted it so much and that was our motto during the match.

"We lost many slams this year, they [Hewett and Reid] won so many, but we were so focused.

"This medal means when we stay together as a team, we are the best."

And the pride in winning gold was echoed by teammate Peifer: "I feel very good, and I'm truly happy to have won the gold medal with Stephane.

"In the third set we really did what we had to do, we recovered, and we fought to the end."

READ MORE: Gold rush: France win the men's doubles wheelchair tennis and table tennis team titles at Tokyo 2020

2: Team USA's Jessica Long rounds out Tokyo with 16th Paralympic career gold

Swimming sensation Jessica Long has stormed to a sixth Paralympic medal at Tokyo 2020, rounding off with gold in the women's 100m butterfly S8.

Despite RPC's Viktoriia Ishchiulova on her shoulder, Long prevailed to collect her 16th Paralympic career gold.

Her dominant display in the pool now sees her total Para medal tally rise to a staggering 29.

"Day ten is challenging and I truly have always said the Paralympics are for those who are super mentally tough and that is what I tried to channel today," Long said following her win.

"I was tired and hurting and sore, but I love swimming and I love to race and that is what I tried to do tonight.

"The only thing I told my family - I said I just wanted to bring home a gold medal, that would be considered a success for me."

And with Paris 2024 now only three years away, as well as a home Games for Long on the horizon with LA 2028, that impressive medal tally could continue to rise.

READ MORE: Jessica Long adds 16th Paralympic gold medal to stack in final race at Tokyo 2020

3: Haider Ali wins Pakistan's first-ever Paralympic gold

36-year-old Haider Ali made history on day ten of the Games, clinching a first-ever gold for Pakistan at the Paralympics.

A throw of 55.26m on his fifth attempt in the men's discus throw F37, a personal best for Ali, saw him clinch gold for his country.

Just 13 years prior at Beijing 2008, he wrote his name in the history books by winning Pakistan's first-ever medal in the long jump F37 with a silver, before claiming bronze four years later in Rio.

With gold in Tokyo, he takes his - and his country's - Paras medal tally to three.

"It is great to make history for my country again - I finally have the gold," said Ali.

"This gold will be very important for para sport in my country.

"I hope to be a role model for other people to take part in para sport."

4: South Africa's Ntando Mahlangu completes Paralympic double

He already has a Paralympic medal to his name after winning silver in Rio, but 19-year-old Ntando Mahlangu has been one of the breakout stars of Tokyo 2020 following two golds in two events.

After securing gold in the men's long jump T63, Mahlangu turned his attention to track and the men's 200m T61 where he was up against two-time Paralympic champion Richard Whitehead of Great Britain.

Despite Whitehead being ahead as they came out of the bend, Mahlangu stormed to victory to claim his second gold of Tokyo 2020.

"Coming into this one, it was the most important thing to make sure that I get the gold medal and also to enjoy it," said the teen sensation.

"I really enjoyed this race coming out of the bend and be able to push through.

"I was very excited after this race."

And Mahlangu had high praise for Whitehead, who took silver.

"I have to give it to him, at the age of 45 to be able to do that - what an amazing athlete and what a way to end a career.

"He is a great athlete and I am actually honoured to run against him."

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5: Team USA win gold in first-ever 4x100m Universal Relay

It was an impressive victory for Team USA who dominated the inaugural 4x100 universal relay to win gold.

The relay is mixed gender with two males and two females that can appear in any order.

But there is a specific order of impairment - beginning with an athlete in the T11-13 vision impairment class, an athlete with a limb impairment from the T42-47 or T61-64 class, an athlete in a co-ordination impairment class and finishing with a T33-34 or T51-54 wheelchair racing athlete,

The United States' quartet was made up of Noah Malone, Brittni Mason, Nick Mayhugh and Tatyana McFadden with McFadden bringing it home in a time of 45.52 to set a world record for this brand new event.

"It feels amazing [to win gold], it's so surreal that we were able to come together and run the first time this race has been at a Paralympic Games, and we set a world record," said Mason.

"It [the universal relay] brings everyone together, all different classes.

"It shows the diversity, there's nothing better than that."

Teammate Mayhugh added: "We proved that we are the best country out there in this relay."

Great Britain originally finished in third, but the disqualification of China saw their medal bumped up to silver, leaving hosts Japan to clinch bronze.

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What else happened on Day 10?

Great Britain's Owen Miller clocked a time of 3:54.57 in the men's 1500m T20 to clinch gold in his Paralympic debut, while teammate Hannah Taunton finished behind Poland's Barbara Bieganowska-Zajac (gold) and Ukraine's Liudmyla Danylina (silver) to claim bronze in the women's 1500m T20.

And it was more athletics glory for Britain, when Jonathan Broom-Edwards finally took gold in the men's high jump T64 final with a jump of 2.10 - a season's best for him.

The women's long jump T20 kicked off the evening action, which saw Poland's Karolina Kucharczyk winning gold following a Paralympic record jump of 6.03m.

Dutch sprinter Marlene van Gansewinkel also set a PR on the track in a thrilling women's 100m T64, clocking a time of 12.78 to complete a sprint double - Germany's Irmgard Bensusan took silver while Canada's Marissa Papaconstantinou claimed bronze.

Over in the women's javelin F46, an almighty battle for gold ensued between New Zealand's Holly Robinson, the Netherlands' Noelle Roorda, and reigning champion, Great Britain's Hollie Arnold.

Arnold looked as though she was set to defend her Rio title going into the final round of throws, but Robinson saved her biggest throw of the day until last when she launched the javelin 40.99 metres to clinch gold.

Roorda also broke the 40 metre mark with a throw of 40.06 that saw her leapfrog Arnold to win silver, leaving the defending champion to win bronze with her fourth throw of the event, hitting 39.73m.

And it was double success for Belgium in the men's 100m T51 after Peter Genyn won gold in a time of 20.33 to set a new PR, and teammate Roger Habsch claimed bronze - separated by Finland's Toni Piispanen who took silver.

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Para swimming concluded on day ten, with Ukraine's Maksym Krypak getting the gold rush underway in the men's 200m individual medley SM10, setting a new Paralympic record of 2:05.68 - his fifth gold of Tokyo 2020.

Team USA enjoyed a quadruple of golds back-to-back, starting with Elizabeth Marks in the women's 100m backstroke S6 before teammate Robert Griswold clinched the top spot in the men's 100m butterfly S8.

Following on from Long's golden butterfly race was Evan Austin who edged out the competition to clinch gold in the men's 50m butterfly S7.

In the penultimate race, Japan enjoyed a 1-2 podium finish in the men's 100m butterfly S11 with KIMURA Keiichi claiming gold and TOMITA Uchu finishing just behind to win silver; Brazil's Wendell Belarmino Pereira took bronze.

And the action concluded at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre with the 4x100m medley relay 34 points - RPC and Australia emerged as top of the pack in the battle for gold, with the former clinching it ahead of the Aussies, and four seconds behind to win bronze was Italy.

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As the action from cycling concluded, Japan's SUGIURA Keiko enjoyed her second gold medal of Tokyo, winning the women's C1-3 road race just days after clinching the first in the time trial.

France's Kevin Cunff registered a resounding win in the men's C4-5 road race, while Katie-George Dunlevy claimed gold in the women's B road race.

And, in the final road race of the 2020 Paralympics, it was a Dutch 1-2 as Vincent Schure clinched gold, followed by teammate Tristan Bangma who won silver and France's Alexandre Lloveras completed the podium line-up with bronze.

Table tennis sensation, Natalia Partyka, earned gold with Polish teammate Karolina Pek in the women's team classes 9-10; beating Australian duo YANG Qian and LEI Li Na who took silver.

In women's goalball, reigning champions Turkey defended their Rio 2016 title with a dominant display against Team USA; a score of 9-2 was enough to see them become back-to-back gold medallists.

And in men's goalball, Brazil upgraded their Rio bronze for a Tokyo gold as they beat PR China 7-2 to claim the title.

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It was a dream Paralympic debut for 18-year-old Peter Kiss of Hungary; earning the first canoe gold of the Games in the men's kayak single 200m KL1.

Also in canoe, Great Britain's Emma Wiggs claimed gold in the women's va'a single 200m VL2, with teammate Jeanette Chippington earning bronze behind Australia's Susan Seipel who clinched silver.

Ukraine's Serhii Yemelianov won gold in the men's single 200m KL3, while Curtis McGrath of Australia claimed the title in the men's single 200m KL2.

Elsewhere in shooting, PR China's ZHANG Cuiping cinched gold in the women's 50m rifle 3 positions SH1 to successfully defend her title.

A score of 457.9 was narrowly enough to win the title, and set a new Paralympic record.

And the men's 50m rifle 3 positions SH1 saw another narrow victory as Abdulla Sultan Alaryani of United Arab Emirates topped the podium with a score of 453.6.

A full breakdown of Day 10 action and a list of all the winners can be found here.

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Photo of the Day from Japan

At 20 years old, Dutch swimmer Chantalle Zijderveld has swam her last Paralympics race, with plans to retire after Tokyo.

She has enjoyed a dominant display in the pool, winning five medals - two golds, two silvers, and one bronze.

And on the final day of action at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, she won her second gold in the women's 200m individually medley SM10 in style as she clocked a world record time of 2:24.85 to conclude her Games.

"I didn't believe it, I saw the time and was like no way," she said.

"I think I looked four or five times and then I was like wow! I just didn't realise and I am still in disbelief."

Zijderveld was overcome with emotion; and in response, many of her competitors rallied around her to offer their support and congratulate her.

The image serves as proof that we are all united by emotion.

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