Daily wrap-up: The top moments from Day 12 of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo

As the curtains close on the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, here are the pick of the highlights from the twelfth day of competition on Sunday 4 September. 

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Marcel Hug Day 12
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Day 12 of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo may well have been the last but like the 11 days of action that preceded it, it was full of joy, despair and nail-biting moments.

Highlights included the United States men's wheelchair basketball team ending Japan's fairytale run at Tokyo 2020; the women's marathon T54 being won by a margin of one second and Indonesia enjoying its second Paralympic gold medal after snapping a 41-year-long drought only yesterday.

Here are your top moments and more from the twelfth day of the Games.

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Top 5 moments from Day 12 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics in 2021

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

1: U.S. fend off home favourites Japan to take men's wheelchair basketball gold

For the first time since Toronto 1976 the United States men's wheelchair basketball team are back-to-back Paralympic champions.

They overcame Japan 64-60 in what unfolded to be a deliciously intense gold medal match.

Before today, the Japanese wheelchair basketball team had never entered the medal zone at a Paralympic Games. Just by turning up, they were already doing the unprecedented.

But not content with just making history, the underdogs pushed the Americans all the way.

Despite a strong start by Team USA, the home side could not be easily tamed, and by the end of the third quarter Japan had flipped the scoreline to give them the lead going into the last period.

In the end however, it was experience that won it for the U.S. Unlike Japan who missed vital shots, Team USA held their nerve and in sinking crucial free throws with deadly precision to clinch the win.

"Japan was the "Cinderella" story of this tournament," three-time Paralympic medallist Steve Serio shared.

"But you couldn't ask for a more storybook ending for us. We were up against a great team, in their home country, their home stadium, and we had a performance like this."

"I'm so proud of this group, I'm so proud of this team. We accomplished what we set out to accomplish from day one."

READ MORE: USA retain men's wheelchair basketball Paralympic title after dramatic win over Japan

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2: Switzerland's Marcel Hug claims fourth gold medal of Tokyo 2020 in men's marathon T54

Tokyo 2020 has been a golden Games for Marcel Hug.

The Swiss "Silver Bullet" added a fourth gold medal to his already impressive medal haul in Japan after he defended his title in the men's marathon T54.

Hug crossed the line in 1:24:02 - a healthy 20 seconds ahead of his closest competition - to seal the the win.

"I don't know how to feel," the back-to-back Paralympic champion said after crossing the line.

"(It was) a really difficult race, because I had some trouble with my push-rim, the rubber came off. But I made it. I don't know how, but I made it. it's incredible."

Hug has been nothing short of a dominant force in the men's T54 category in Tokyo.

As well as his victory in the marathon the now 12-time Paralympic medallist also topped the podium in the men's 800m (T54), men's 1500m (T54) and men's 5000m (T54).

READ MORE: Marcel Hug successfully defends men's T54 marathon title

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3: Team USA back-to-back gold medallists in women's sitting volleyball

The United States women's sitting volleyball team have retained their title from Rio 2016 after they bested the People's Republic of China 3-1 (25-21, 25-20, 22-25, 25-19) in the gold-medal match.

The two teams share something of an intense rivalry in the event after Team USA dramatically ended China's reign at Rio 2016.

Previously at Beijing 2008 and London 2012, PR China took the gold leaving the Americans to settle for silver.

What made the final outcome even more extraordinary was that, during the preliminary rounds, China comprehensively beat the U.S. 3-0.

Team USA it seemed, learnt their lesson quickly and efficiently. They stormed the first two sets to establish a healthy lead.

PR China then pushed the match into a fourth set after showing promise in the third but ultimately, the reigning Paralympic champions - with only one medal colour on their mind - closed out the fourth set decisively to take the match.

READ MORE: USA retain women's sitting volleyball crown

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4: Madison de Rozario takes dramatic victory in women's marathon T54

Madison de Rozario became the first Australian woman to win a Paralympic marathon gold medal after she edged out early race favourite Manuela Schaer of Switzerland in the women's marathon T54.

Heading inside the Stadium, Schaer was hot on de Rozario's tail but the Australian held her nerve and the lead through the final 100 metres, to finish in 1:38:11 - a new Paralympic record.

"That is the longest 500 metres I've ever pushed through," de Rozario said after the race reflecting on her close finish.

"To come into the stadium with a bit of a gap was nice. I wasn't just going to hold it so that finish line couldn't have come quick enough."

The four-time Paralympian's victory in the marathon marks her second gold of the Games after she topped the podium in the women's 800m T53 a week ago. Before Tokyo 2020, de Rozario had never won a Paralympic title.

READ MORE: Madison de Rozario: I want kids growing up thinking anything is possible

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de Rozario (2021 Getty Images)

5: Leani Ratri Oktila wins second Paralympic badminton gold

Leani Ratri Oktila banked her second para badminton Paralympic gold medal of Tokyo 2020 after she, and doubles partner Susanto Hary, overcame Lucas Mazur and Faustine Noel 2-0 in the mixed doubles SL3-SU5 gold medal match.

The Indonesian pair survived a tight first game (23-21) before then carrying through their winning momentum to take the second 21-17.

Oktila had the opportunity to make it an historic badminton treble in Japan but fell short of such a title earlier in the day after she lost her singles match against PR China's CHENG Hefang.

The duo's victory means Indonesia has now enjoyed gold medals on consecutive days at Tokyo 2020. A feat that is quietly remarkable given that before Oktila's triumph in the women's doubles yesterday, the country had not seen a Paralympic champion in 41 years.

Speaking after her win the newly crowned Paralympic champion said: "I'm very tired but really satisfied that I can with this match."

"For the matches today, I didn't have any time to prepare specifically for them because there was a victory ceremony [on Saturday evening].

READ MORE: Indonesia Leani Ratri Oktila wins first gold in possible Paralympic triple crown

Oktila Susanto
Oktila Susanto (2021 Getty Images)

What else happened on Day 12?

Action got underway bright and early on the final day of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and leading the way were the marathon events.

Morocco's El-Amin Chentouf stormed to victory in the men's marathon T12 race, setting a new Paralympic marathon record of 2:21:43. So dominant was the 40-year-old, he finished four minutes ahead of his nearest rival Jaryd Clifford of Australia.

In the women's T12 Japan's MICHISHITA Misato took the gold to improve on her silver from Rio 2016. The 44-year-old world record holder now adds a Paralympic record to her name after she crossed the line in 3:00:50.

PR China's LI Chaoyan set a new Paralympic record time of 2:25:50 in the men's T46 event. The reigning champion from Rio 2016 beat his gold medal winning time in Brazil by a sizzling 11 seconds in Tokyo.

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Para badminton wrapped up its Tokyo 2020 debut with 14 medal matches.

In the men's singles WH2 Japan's KAJIWARA Daiki bested KIM Jung Jun 2-0 in the gold medal match. CHAN Ho Yuen took the bronze.

Japanese pair SATOMI Sarina and YAMAZAKI Yuma bagged the home team a gold in the women's doubles WH competition. They outlasted LIU Yutong and YIN Menglu of PR China 2-1.

Krishna Nagar fended off a second game fight back from CHU Man Kai to win gold in the men's singles SH6 event.

In the men's doubles WH gold medal match MAI Jianpeng and QU Zimo of PR China emerged victorious over the Republic of Korea's LEE Dong Seop and KIM Jung Jun.

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In the men's wheelchair bronze medal match it was Great Britain who emerged victorious. ParalympicsGB are now back-to-back bronze medallists after they got the better of Rio 2016 silver medallists, Spain 68-58.

And finally, Veronika Vadovicova took home the top prize in the mixed 50m rifle prone SH1 final, the last shooting competition of the Games.

A full breakdown of Day 12 action and a list of all the winners can be found here.

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Photo of the Day from Japan

Lucas Mazur
Lucas Mazur (2021 Getty Images)

Number one seed Lucas Mazur overcame a first game loss to clinch France's first para Badminton gold in the men's singles SL4 competition.

The 23-year-old defeated Suhas Yathiraj 2-1: 15-21, 21-17, 21-15.

Another gold was on the table for the Frenchman who made it to the mixed doubles SL3-SU final with partner Faustine Noel.

However, he found himself settling for a silver after being overpowered by Indonesian duo Susanto Hary and Leani Ratri Oktila.

READ MORE: Lucas Mazur wins France's first Paralympic gold in badminton

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