Daily wrap-up: The top moments from Day 11 of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo

On the penultimate day of Paralympic action, here are the pick of the highlights from the eleventh day of competition on Saturday 4 September. 

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Day eleven of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo saw action in multiple events conclude, with gold medallists crowned in wheelchair tennis and wheelchair basketball.

And events continued to deliver big moments on Saturday (4 September), as the first-ever Para badminton gold medal was awarded to Malaysia's Cheah Liek Hou as well as Cuban's sprint star Omara Durand winning her third gold of Tokyo.

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

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Top 5 moments from Day 11 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics in 2021

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

1: Dutch duo de Groot and van Koot win doubles tennis gold

Since 1992, the Netherlands have dominated women's wheelchair tennis at the Paralympics by winning gold in singles and doubles at every single games.

And at Tokyo 2020, that impressive record remained firmly in tact.

Just a day on from beating Japan's KAMIJI Yui in the women's singles final, Diede de Groot lined up with doubles partner Aniek van Koot to take on Great Britain in the gold medal match.

Up against Lucy Shuker and Jordanne Whiley, the Dutch pair were untouchable needing just two sets to keep their 100% Paralympic record, winning 6-0 6-1.

It's van Koot's second successive gold in doubles. He said competing with de Groot was 'so cool'.

"It's so special, it's amazing and it's so cool to do it together with Diede.

"We've been training hard for it, playing lots of tournaments together, this is the cherry on top.

"Because of moments like this [how they keep motivated].

"You want them again, you want this feeling again, the sensation, and this is what we dream of, this is why you want to do it."

De Groot was full of praise for her teammate, who was the driving force behind the win.

"I'm so proud of Aniek because I was so tired today, and she just took all the balls.

"She did so well, I'm really proud."

2: Malaysia's Cheah Liek Hou wins first-ever Paralympic badminton gold

Badminton is one of two new sports included at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, along with taekwondo.

And just days after action first began at the Yoyogi National Stadium, this new Para sport had it's first-ever gold medallist.

It was Malaysia's 33-year-old Cheah Liek Hou who beat Indonesia's Dheva Anrimusthi 21-17 21-15 to claim the men's singles SU5 title.

Falling to the floor overcome with emotion, it was evident what the gold meant to him.

"I've won six world titles, the world championships I've won quite a lot of times already, but this is the first time badminton is in a Paralympic Games so of course this is more meaningful than the world championships," said Cheah.

"This gold medal is for all Malaysian badminton lovers."

Before the final, Cheah messaged two-time Olympic silver medallist and fellow countryman, Lee Chong Wei, for advice.

"He told me to try to enjoy myself and release whatever I want in the [Paralympic] village or during the whole competition.

"I really need to thank him a lot."

The first-ever gold in women's badminton went to Japan's SATOMI Sarina, who found herself tearing up in the wake of her WH1 victory.

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3: Brazil win fifth consecutive gold in 5-a-side football

Brazil have never lost a final in 5-a-side football at the Paralympic Games.

They are the only winner the sport has seen since it was introduced to the programme at Athens 2004.

And up against Argentina in the gold medal match, they reigned supreme once again to earn their fifth successive title with a 1-0 win; Raimundo Mendes got the only goal of the game.

The Brazilians did not concede a single goal throughout the tournament, proving difficult for the opposition to break down across 40 minutes.

"We fought very hard, we dedicated a lot to preparing for this tournament and we have a very strong team.

"Today we believed right until the end and we didn't give up, which is why we won this gold medal," said goal scorer Mendes.

Teammate Ricardo Alves added: "Our preparation and winning spirit carried us through.

"It is a privilege [to be considered favourites], we've played five Paralympics and won five gold medals - we are warriors."

Elsewhere in 5-a-side football, Morocco earned their first ever podium finish with a thumping 4-0 win against China in the bronze medal match.

READ MORE: Brazil keep up its unblemished record with fifth consecutive win in football 5-a-side

4: Nick Mayhugh wins third gold in Paralympic debut

For ex-football player Nick Mayhugh, it has been a Paralympic debut to remember.

With two gold medals and one silver to his name, the Team USA sprint sensation completed his Tokyo haul with a third gold.

He ran the men's 200m T37 in a lightening quick time of 21.91 seconds to beat the previous world record that he set in the heats.

"It is an incredible feeling [to win three gold medals]," said Mayhugh.

"That one was special, that's the one my brother really wanted. I went out there and ran it for him."

And after his golden debut, the 25-year-old has his sights set on becoming the 'Usain Bolt of the Paralympics'.

"He is the GOAT of all GOATs, the greatest of all time - he set the standard in the modern era and I grew up and watched him run.

"I want to be that standard for kids looking up and to know that even if you are disabled there isn't a negative connotation to it anymore.

"You believe in yourself and you set your own barrier and surpass it; be as success as you want to be.

"Usain Bolt did exactly that with me. He was my greatest inspiration so thank you to him."

READ MORE: Nick Mayhugh: From professional footballer to three-time Paralympic champion

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5: Cuba's Omara Durand completes gold medal sweep with 200m T12 victory

For the second Paralympic Games in a row, Cuba's Omara Durand has completed the sprint treble.

After already taking top spot in the women's 400m and 100m T12, it came down to the 200m T12 for Durand to complete the set.

And she ran it in a world record time of 23.02, narrowly beating her own time of 23.03 that she ran in 2015.

"I'm very happy because this is my third gold in Tokyo, but this one has a different taste to all the others," Durand said.

"It has extra flavour because I also managed to get the world record."

Unbeaten now in 10 years, Durand is still as hungry as ever to keep going.

"The love for sport, the passion I have for sport, the 100% I give everything, all my family, the Cuban people, my coaches - that's what inspires me to keep going."

READ MORE: The stellar career of Cuban track and field star Omara Durand

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What else happened on Day 11?

Days after winning gold in the 100m T34, 'Hurricane Hannah' took to the track again as Great Britain's Hannah Cockroft obliterated the Paralympic record in the women's 800m T34 to win an almost uncontested gold, clocking a time of 1:48.99.

Teammate Kare Adenegan finished in second, 10 seconds behind Cockroft, while Team USA's Alexa Halko took bronze.

Records continued to fall across the day, including RPC's Dmitri Safronov running the men's 200m T35 in a WR time of 23.00, eclipsing the 2019 record set by Ukraine's Ihor Tsvietov who finished in second behind Safronov; RPC's Artem Kalashian won bronze.

PR China's SUN Pengxiang broke his own world record in the javelin throw F41, launching it 47.13m in his fifth attempt to win gold.

Germany's Felix Streng pipped Costa Rica's Isidro Guity Guity to gold in the men's 100m T64 six days ago, but it was the turn of the Costa Rican in the men's 200m T64 as he stormed to victory in a PR of 21.43 - leaving his German competitor to collect silver this time round.

And another WR was broken in the evening action, as Morocco's Ayoub Sadni crossed the line in a time of 47.38 in the men's 400m T47 - with both Thomaz Ruan de Moraes (2nd) and Petrucio Ferreira dos Santos (3rd) of Brazil joining him on the podium.

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In the last of the wheelchair tennis action at Tokyo 2020, Japanese duo KAMIJI Yui and OHTANI Momoko won bronze in the women's doubles, beating PR China's WANG Ziying and ZHU Zhenzhen 6-2 7-6.

Over in the men's singles, three-time Paralympic medalist, KUNIEDA Shingo of Japan, defeated the Netherlands' Tom Egberink in straight sets (6-1 6-2) to reclaim the title he previously held at Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

British doubles silver medallists Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett battled against each other in the singles bronze medal match, with Reid edging it in the third set to get himself on the podium.

And in the quad singles final, it was Australia's Dylan Alcott who won gold ahead against the Netherlands' Sam Schroder by winning 7-6, 6-1.


In the final day of canoe sprint, the first gold came courtesy of Germany's Edina Mueller who led the way in the women's kayak single 200m KLI, earning a personal best with a time of 53.958 to finish ahead of Ukraine's Maryna Mazhula (silver) and Chile's Katherinne Wollermann (bronze).

A day on from winning gold, Great Britain's Emma Wiggs found herself in the silver medal position in the women's kayak single KL2, beaten by teammate Charlotte Henshaw whose personal best of 50.760 was enough to earn the title; while Katalin Varga of Hungary came in third position.

Wiggs and Henshaw's teammate, Laura Sugar, continued the British canoe medal haul with gold in the women's kayak single 200m KL3 clocking a PB of 49.582 to finish ahead of France's Nelia Barbosa in second, and Germany's Felicia Laberer in third.

Brazil's Fernando Rufino de Paulo claimed gold in the men's va'a single 200m VL2, with Team USA's Steven Haxton coming in second ahead of Portugal's Norberto Mourao who took bronze.

In the last race of Tokyo 2020, Curtis McGrath of Australia bagged his second gold of the Games, this time in the men's va'a single 200m VL3 in a time of 41.134.

Brazilian Giovane Vieira de Paula finished in second before Stuart Wood, who won Britain's final medal in canoe with a bronze.

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It was a seventh Paralympic gold in men's sitting volleyball for IR Iran, who beat RPC 3-1 to retain their Rio 2016 title.

In shooting, Serbia went 1-2 on the podium in the mixed 50m rifle prone SH2 as Dragan Ristic broke the WR with a score of 252.7, while teammate Zdravko Savanovic took silver and Vasyl Kovalchuk of Ukraine won bronze.

And it was elation for Republic of Korea whose trio of CHOI Yejin, KIM Hansoo, and JEONG Howon beat Japan to the Pairs BC3 title in a tense tiebreak, bettering their silver from Rio.

In the final games of women's wheelchair basketball, Team USA beat Germany 64-51 in the bronze medal match while the Netherlands outclassed PR China 50-31 to take home the gold.

A full breakdown of Day 11 action and a list of all the winners can be found here.

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Photo of the Day from Japan

This is what it meant to SATOMI Sarina to become a Paralympic champion on home soil.

Last year, SATOMI told Olympics.com that she intended on being the 'first queen' of para-badminton - and she lived up to her word.

The 23-year-old took up badminton just over four years ago and, having already become a world champion, came into Tokyo 2020 as one of the favourites.

She let out a mighty roar of relief with tears and elation as she lived up to expectations and delivered in front of her homeland.

READ MORE: SATOMI Sarina intends to be the 'first queen' of Para badminton

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How to follow and watch Paralympic action from Day 12 of Tokyo 2020

All the key moments will be on Olympics.com, with updates and articles throughout Sunday 5 September.

Find out how you can watch the action at Tokyo 2020 by clicking here.


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