The ongoing quest for Paralympic glory continued in epic fashion on day six of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
There was drama on the track with medals being shared; tears of disbelief in the pool as upstarts ripped up the script and legends continued their domination; and old rivalries revisited all in the name of sporting action.
Here are the top moments from the half-way point of the Games on Monday (30 August).
Top 5 moments from day 6 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics in 2021
Jonnie Peacock wins joint bronze medal in men's 100m T64
Great Britain's Jonnie Peacock missed out on a chance to take three consecutive sprint titles after he finished in joint-third in a thrilling men's 100m T64 final.
It was a race that was hotly anticipated even before the Games started, but after yesterday's heats (29 August) it became even clearer that a number of athletes coulddo something special.
Four runners went below 11 seconds in qualification.
It was a nervous wait after the race to decide using photo-finish technology who had finished where. It was then revealed that 28-year-old Peacock would be sharing his bronze medal with Johannes Floors, also from Germany.
Speaking to broadcaster Channel 4 after the event Peacock said: "I think it was the strongest race in Paralympics history."
"The last 30... I started going backwards, I started leaning backwards... I probably should have won that."
"I'm happy, I had a hamstring injury in May. I'm really happy to have turned this around."
Dinesh Priyantha Mudiyanselage smashes world record to win first-ever Paralympic gold for Sri Lanka
If you're ever in the position to win your country its first ever Paralympic gold medal be sure to do it in style.
Certainly, that's what seemed to be running through the mind of Dinesh Priyantha Mudiyanselage on his third throw attempt.
With an almighty effort the 35-year-old upset the the previous world record holder and reigning champion Devendra of India after he threw 67.79m, pushing the Indian into the silver medal position.
Priyantha had been serving in the national army until a gunshot wound to his left arm derailed his career. After nearly four years in hospital, he took up Para sports.
Kissing his country's flag the Sri Lankan expressed his delight:
"I am very happy because my main dream came true. I have no words to describe [the feeling]."
"This is the best example for Sri Lankan para-athletes."
After his stunning victory there was just one person the new Paralympic champion wanted to thank:
"I have three children and my wife looks after them very well. She motivates me. Our youngest is only eight months old. (My wife) has done everything. She has given me freedom to do sport. I thank my wife for this gold."
Swimming sensation JIANG Yuyan youngest Paralympian from People's Republic of China to clinch gold so far at Tokyo 2020
The signs were always there that JIANG Yuyan of the People's Republic of China was going to do big things in the women's 50m butterfly S6.
During her heat earlier in the day the 16-year-old smashed both the world and Paralympic records signalling to her rivals she was one to watch.
In the finals the para-swimmer touched the wall 1.61 seconds ahead of Ireland's Nicole Turner who also won her first piece of Paralympic silverware after missing out on a medal at Rio 2016.
"I'm very happy, and also quite emotional." Jiang shared after her event. "I feel like I've achieved what I set out to do."
"To be able to win a gold... it's a gold, right? (laughs) I'm very happy about it."
Golden Paralympic debut for India's Avani Lekhara
19-year-old Avani Lekhara captured a slice of history for India after she struck gold for Indian in the women's 10m air rifle (standing) - SH1 at the Asaka Shooting Range.
Lekhara, who clinched her medal by beating the Paralympic record and equalling the world record, is the first Indian woman ever to win a gold medal in shooting at either the Olympic or Paralympic Games.
"I can't describe this feeling. I'm feeling like I'm on top of the world," Lekhara said after her stunning victory. "It's unexplainable."
With pin-point accuracy, Lekhara fearlessly took aim with success against experienced opposition. Not even reigning Paralympic champion ZHANG Cuiping of the People's Republic of China could stop the Indian's rise to the top.
"I was just saying one thing," the debutant explained, talking through her gold-medal winning approach, "I have to take one shot at a time. There's nothing else that matters now; just take one shot at a time and just finish it."
Lekhara, who began shooting six years ago after a life-changing car accident, is not done yet at Tokyo 2020, she still has more opportunities to grow her new Paralympic medal collection in the mixed 10m air rifle prone SH1, mixed 50m rifle prone SH1 and women's 50m rifle three positions SH1.
People's Republic of China best the United States in sitting volleyball grudge match
It may have only been a preliminary pool match but there was so much more on the line today when the United States took on PR China in the women's sitting volleyball competition.
In Beijing 2008 and London 2012, when the two rivals had met in previous gold medal matches it had been the Chinese women who had emerged victorious.
Then at Rio 2016, the U.S. finally ended China's spell of dominance to win its first-ever Paralympic gold medal in the event.
Today in Tokyo, however, it was all China - they took the win over the reigning champions 3-0.
The U.S. fought resiliently in the third and final match, saving five match points and taking the set score to 24-24. But the score at level seemed only to spur the Chinese on and two points later they killed the set to take the win.
Should these two sitting volleyball powerhouses meet again, like many expect they will, you can anticipate a blockbuster.
What else happened on day 6?
Monica Olivia Rodriguez Saavedra will be taking back home a Paralympic gold to Mexico after she smashed the world record in the women's 1500m T11 event.
The legacy of London 2012 was in full force after Andrew Small of Great Britain crossed the line first in the men's 100m T33 event. The para-athlete took up the sport after watching his home Games.
Walid Ktila of Tunisia broke his own Paralympic record to ensure victory over chasing rival Rheed McCracken in the men's 100m T34 race. He now has three consecutive Paralympic gold medals.
Another world record fell in the field events when Chile's Francisca Mardones Sepulveda launched her shot 8.33m to clinch the gold in the women's shot put F54.
RPC's Anton Prokhorov took the gold in the men's 100m T63 final and set a new world record of 12.04. Vinicus Goncalves Rodrigues of Brazil was hot on his heels and crossed just one hundredth of a second after him to take the silver.
In more throwing events Sumit Sumit of India beat his world record from Rio 2016 to win the men's javelin F64 competition. He threw 68.55.
Mahdi Olad comprehensively won the men's shot put F11 final over Alessandro Rodrigo da Silva of Brazil, and Elizabeth Rodrigues Gomes threw a new world record in the women's discus F53 final.
The PR China were on song in the pool on day six of Tokyo 2020.
The team from China amassed a total of nine medals, no doubt helped by the 1-2-3 they scored in the men's 50m backstroke S5 with gold medallist ZHENG Tao besting his world record time in the process.
Ami Omer Dadaon put on an astonishingly dominant performance in the men's 200m freestyle S4. He touched the wall first by an 11 second margin and in the process smashed his world record by six seconds.
DONG Lu broke an 11-year-old world record in the women's 50m backstroke S5 competition. Coming in behind her for the silver was para-swimming legend Teresa Perales, which marks the Spaniard's 27th Paralympic medal.
22-year-old Rogier Dorsman thrashed his own world record in the men's 200m individual medley SM11 with a time of 2:19.02 to win a second gold in Tokyo.
Ihar Boki was once again back to his winning ways claiming his fifth Paralympic gold in the 200m individual medley SM13 with a world record time of 2:02.70. He is now one gold away from matching his tally from Rio 2016.
The medals also kept coming in table tennis.
Fabien Lamirault was lifted to gold by members of the French delegation that had taken to the stands to watch him take on a familiar foe in Rafal Czuper of Poland. The Frenchman defended his crown from Rio 2016 in a tense five set encounter.
Australia's LEI Li Na triumphed over XIONG Guiyan in the women's singles class 9 gold medal match in a five set classic.
Lei's compatriot YANG Qian will also bring a gold back to Australia after she beat Brazil's Bruna Costa Alexandre in four set matches in the women's singles class 10.
In was the final day of equestrian action at the Games and the competition concluded with the individual dressage freestyle test.
Great Britain's Lee Pearson came out on top in the grade II event, to win his 14th Paralympic gold medal.
Meanwhile, Sanne Voets of the Netherlands won gold in the grade IV competition, Belgium's Michele George clinched the top prize in grade V, Dane Tobias Thorning Jorgensen was victorious in the grade III event and Roxanne Trunnell of the U.S. grabbed the last gold of the competition in grade I.
The four final powerlifting medals were doled out today in the event's conclusion at Tokyo and Mongolia won its first ever gold in powerlifting courtesy of the herculean efforts of Sodnompiljee Enkhbayar in the men's -107kg final. Enkhbayar broke the Paralympic record (twice) after lifting 241 and 245 which was enough to see him to the title.
Breaking records was something of a theme in the Tokyo International Forum as Nigeria's Folashade Oluwafemiayo took gold in the women's -86kg final smashing both the world record and Paralympic record in her wake.
DENG Xuemei lifted 153kg to win gold in the women's +86kg competition while Jamil Elshebli of Jordan won the gold in the men's +107kg event.
In archery Phoebe Paterson Pine took gold by one point in the women's individual compound over rival archer Mariana Zuniga Varela of Chile.
In the men's individual W1 Czech David Drahoninsky bagged the gold and Nihat Turkmenoglu of Turkey the silver.
Sweden's Philip Jonsson claimed gold in the R4 mixed 10m air rifle bettering his eighth place finish at Rio 2016. He broke the Paralympic record shooting with a total of 252.8 points.
DONG Chao of PR China also set a Paralympic record in the men's 10m air rifle standing SH1 final taking the top place on the podium over Andri Doroshenko and Jinho Park.
In wheelchair tennis Rio 2016 men's singles gold medallist Gordon Reid is through to the quarter-finals.
Aniek van Koot won her second round match against Emmanuelle Morch 6-3, 6-0 while KAMIJI Yui, who lit the Paralympic cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, blistered through her second round match 6-0, 6-0.
And finally, in a heart-stopping final 60 seconds, ParalympicsGB bested Australia by one point, 70-69, to go top of their group in the men's wheelchair basketball competition.
The men's tournament continues with the quarterfinals on Wednesday 1 September.
A breakdown of day 6 action and a list of all the winners can be found here.
Photo of the Day from Japan
Bronze medallist from Rio 2016 Maryna Lytovchenko today secured her first ever Paralympic gold in the women's singles class 6 medal match.
Her performance was immensely clinical. The Ukrainian needed only 15 minutes to best Maliak Alieva of the RPC 3-0: 11-6, 11-4, 11-3.
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