Daily wrap-up: The top moments from Day 3 of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo

As action from the athletics and archery saw the world records continue to fall, here are the pick of the highlights from the third day of competition on Friday 27th August.

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Day three of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo saw athletics, archery, rowing, sitting volleyball and wheelchair tennis join the action.

And from archery to the athletics, world and Paralympic records began tumbling on Friday (27 August), as PR China dominated with more golds and records.

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

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Top 5 moments from day 3 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics in 2021

Japan come through Group A of wheelchair rugby unbeaten

Host nation Japan completed their 100 per cent record in the group stage against Australia, following wins against France and Denmark in Group A.

They are now set to face Great Britain in the semi-final, with a chance to guarantee themselves a medal should they get through to the final.

Japan's IKEZAKI Daisuke reveals that they are taking things 'one game at a time.'

"Getting to the semi-final is a step but we're not about to celebrate yet," he told Olympics.com.

"The most important thing is trust. Our communication has been good and we're looking after each other.

"We're really coming together, maturing as a team, high-pointer or low."

Despite the loss, Australia still made it through the semi-final and will face Team USA for a place in the final.

"We've been a bit up and down this tournament," Ryley Batt told Olympics.com following the loss.

"I think we'll come out much better in the semi-final tomorrow against either America.

"Tomorrow we'll be back to our usual self and be fierce and fight a lot harder."

Clean sweep in the men's 50m butterfly S5 for People's Republic of China

People's Republic of China stormed the men's 50m butterfly S5, with a 1-2-3 finish dominating the podium.

ZHENG Tao, the world record holder in the event, won gold in a time of 30.62.

WANG Lichao finished 1.19 seconds behind his follow countryman, while teammate YUAN Weiyi collected bronze with a time of 32.00.

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Nine new records set on the opening day of archery

Records have toppled across Tokyo as the Paralympics rise to new heights.

And the action over at Yumenoshima Park was no different, as nine new Paralympic records were set on the first day of the event.

People's Republic of China led the way, earning six of the nine new records.

WU Chunyan hit 642 in the women's recurve, and HE Zihao became the first Paralympian to reach 700 points - recording 705 - in the men's compound.

CHEN Minyi beat the existing Paralympic record by six points when she recorded 640 points in the W1 women's event.

And PR China carried their form into the team events, where the mixed recurve team scored 1281 points; the W1 mixed team set a new world record with 1290; and the mixed compound team scored 1388.

Elsewhere, Great Britain's Jess Stretton set a new record with 695 in the women's compound, Iran's Gholamreza Rahimi went 7 points above the standing record with 644 in the men's recurve and Turkey's Nihat Turkmenoglu added 13 to the Para record with a score of 661 in W1 men.

Breakout star Nick Mayhugh clinches gold with new world record

Nick Mayhugh broke the world record in the qualifying heats for the men's 100m T37 in athletics.

And he did it again in the final gliding to gold.

But even with a new world record under his belt, Mayhugh thinks he still has more to give.

"I honestly didn't think I ran my best race," he told Olympics.com.

"I knew I had to get out well, which I did, and I know when I stand up and start to hit my top speed I know nobody can catch me.

"I think if I didn't celebrate early I could've run faster."

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History for El Salvador

Powerlifter Herbet Aceituno wrote himself into the history books by winning bronze in the men's -59kg, clinching El Salvador's first ever Paralympic medal.

To win a Paralympic medal has always been the dream for Aceituno - and he believes his achievements can inspire others to achieve their dreams.

"Many people who say I can't do it, see my case and say 'if he could do it, I can do it too'."

What else happened on day 3?

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The big news from the pool was 20-year-old Tupou Neiufi winning New Zealand's first gold of the Paralympic Games.

She beat out pre-event favourite Jessica Long of the USA, who won bronze, and Ukraine's Kateryna Denysenko, who claimed silver, winning in a time of 1:16.84 in the women's 100m backstroke S8.

Five years ago, Neiufi finished 7th in the same event in Rio, making this her first Paralympic medal.

Refugee Paralympic Team athlete Abbas Karimi qualified for the final of the men's 50m butterfly S5 - a formidable achievement regardless of his last placed finish in the final.

USA's Robert Griswold won gold in the men's 100m backstroke S8 with a world record time of 1:02.55.

Elsewhere in the pool, there was more golden success for Great Britain as Reece Dunn won gold in the men's 200m freestyle S14 and Hannah Russell clinched gold in the women's 100m backstroke S12.

Belarus' Ihar Boki also added yet another gold to his growing repertoire - this time in the men's 400m freestyle S13.

PR China enjoyed yet more success in the powerlifting.

It was a clean sweep in the men's events, with QI Yongkai taking gold in the -59kg, while LIU Lei earned top spot in the 65kg.

Teammate HU Dandan took the women's -50kg title, while Ukraine's Mariana Shevchuk won gold in the women's -55kg.

The first gold of judo went to Shahana Hajiyeva of Azerbaijan, who defeated reigning champion Sandrine Martinet of France in the women's -48kg on her Paralympic debut.

And it was yet another exciting day of track cycling as Jozef Metelka of Slovakia won gold in the men's C4 4000m individual pursuit while France's Dorian Foulon took top spot in the C5 class of the pursuit.

Great Britain's Kadeena Cox won gold in a world record time of 51.706 in the women's C4 time trial, while teammate Jaco van Gass also broke the world record in the men's C3 time trial clocking 54.904.

PR China's LI Zhangyu was formidable in the men's C1 1000m, storming to gold with a new world record.

In wheelchair fencing, the Chinese dominance continued as they picked up gold in the women's team epee final, while the men's team won silver after falling to RPC in the final.

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The athletics action got underway in Tokyo, and there was success for the hosts as SATO Tomoki won their second gold of the Games after clocking a new Paralympic record of 55.39 in the men's 400m T52.

It was joy for Brazil as Petrucio Ferreira regained his 100m T47 title with a time of 10.53 - a Paralympic record - and teammate Washington Junior also clinched a podium place with bronze in a time of 10.68.

Brazil's Silvania Costa de Oliveira also won gold in the women's T11 long jump.

And there was yet another world record recorded by PR China on the third day of the Games, this time in track as WEN Xiaoyan claimed gold with a staggering run of 26.58 in the women's 200m T37.

PR China's DONG Feixia became a back-to-back Paralympic champion when she won gold in the discus F55 final with a throw of 26.64m.

And Tunisia enjoyed their first gold of the Games curtesy of Raoua Tlili, who recorded a new world record 10.55m in the F41 shot put.

A breakdown of day 3 action and a list of all the winners can be found here.

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Photo of the Day from Japan

Alia Issa became the first woman on the Refugee Paralympic Team to participate, competing in the women's club throw F32.

The 20-year-old is driven to succeed by the memory of her late father, who always encourage her to 'dream big'.

“He would be very proud and very happy. I think about that a lot," said Issa.

How to follow and watch Paralympic action from Day 4 of Tokyo 2020

All the key moments will be on Olympics.com, with updates and articles throughout Saturday 28th August.

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


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