Daily wrap-up: The top moments from Day 8 of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo

As swimming and athletics delivered more record breaking moments, here are the pick of the highlights from the eighth day of competition on Wednesday 1st September.

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Day eight of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo once again saw world records tumble across multiple events.

Brazilian swimmer Daniel Dias swam his final race before retirement, as another exciting day of action concluded on Wednesday (1 September).

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

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Jessica Long earns 27th Paralympic medal in the pool with silver

It was a scintillating silver medal for USA Para swimmer Jessica Long in the women's 100m breaststroke SB7, finishing just 0.2 seconds ahead of Australia's Tiffany Thomas Kane.

ROC's Mariia Pavlova dominated the race to win gold.

After making her Paralympic debut aged 12 in Athens, a silver on day 8 takes Long's medal tally to a staggering 27 - for now.

"It's not how you start, it's how you finish - I knew that I still had a shot until my hand gets on that wall," said Long following her second place finish.

"The time wasn't really there, it's definitely not my best time in breaststroke, and the goal was to get the medal or to get on the podium.

"I truly just want to be the best that I can be and if I'm going to still be a part of the Paralympic movement I am going to try my absolute best and whatever happens, I'm always trying my best."

Netherlands' Jennette Jansen wins Paralympic gold 33 years after her last

Just one day on from winning bronze in the H4-5 time trial, Jennette Jansen reigned supreme in the women's H1-4 road race at the Fuji International Speedway.

The Dutch athlete crossed the line in 56:15, just six seconds ahead of Germany's Annika Zeyen.

Jansen made her Paralympic debut at the Seoul 1988 Games, winning 800m, 1,500m and 300m golds in athletics.

And while she has enjoyed success since then, including a silver in wheelchair basketball at Atlanta 1996, the 53-year-old would have to wait 33 years to win a gold medal once again.

"Everything [what the gold medal means] of course," Jansen said after.

"Yesterday (Tuesday 31 August) I was disappointed I got the bronze medal.

"I was satisfied with it and I could enjoy it a little, but I was still hungry for gold.

"This was the race I was waiting for and it was a very nice battle."

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Britain's David Smith retains Boccia title

David Smith earned his fifth Paralympic title to become Britain's most successful athlete in boccia.

The 32-year-old came from behind to beat Malaysia's Chew Wei Lun 4-2 after trailing 2-0 following the first of four ends.

Smith defended his title from Rio, and was understandably emotional after his history making win.

"I feel pretty good," said Smith on his win, despite being unconvinced by his display.

"That game was weird if I'm honest, I didn't play great but I got over the line.

"There was something weird going on on that court, but it was in my favour.

"So I appreciate whoever upstairs was moving the balls for me, because I was rubbish."

Regardless, Smith was able to clinch the gold and write his name in the Paralympic history books for Britain.

Jetze Plat completes trio of golds

It was a clean sweep of Para titles for Dutch cyclist Jetze Plat, who won gold in the men's H4 road race.

The title winning race sees him collect a third Paralympic gold in four days between the triathlon and cycling.

"Three out of three - so many things can happen but I was in the best shape, I didn't make any mistakes and I deserve the three gold medals," said Plat following his win.

"It was an incredible race.

"It was a really hard course, tactics were not necessary today it was just the survival of the fittest."

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Canada's Aurelie Rivard enjoys second gold of the Games

Aurelie Rivard earned her second gold of the Paralympics in spectacular fashion, dominating the women's 400m freestyle S10 final.

The 25-year-old obliterated her own world record by over five seconds, finishing the race in 4:24.08, well ahead of her nearest competitors.

This was her fourth medal at Tokyo 2020, having won gold and two bronze medals previously in Japan.

"Two years ago I lost this race for the first time in six years and I hated the feeling," Rivard said after.

"I made a promise to myself that it would never happen again and for the past two years 95% of my work has gone into that race.

"I had a coach that believed I could do it, so that is what we did together for a year and a half."

She added: "I was just really pleased that the decisions I made, as hard as they were, worked out."

But the action isn't quite over for Rivard, who goes again tomorrow (Thursday 2 September) in the women's 100m backstroke S10.

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What else happened on day 8?

It was a thrilling day in athletics, where Raoua Tlili broke the world record twice en route to gold in the women's shot put F41.

Sitting in second going into the final round, the Tunisian landed a huge throw of 37.91 to top the podium.

China's ZHU Dening dominated the men's long jump T38 with a leap of of 7.31 to win gold and break a world record.

It really was a golden day for China, with ZHU's compatriot ZHOU Zhaoqian winning her second gold of the Games in as many days after storming to victory in the women's 100m T54.

GAO Feng also sealed gold in the women's 100m T53 final, with teammate ZHOU Hongzhuan taking silver.

In the men's javelin F34, Iran's Saeid Afrooz finished in top spot, following a sensational throw of 40.05m to decimate the previous world record of 38.23.

Elsewhere, Germany's Markus Rehm won his third successive long jump T44 title with a jump of 8.18m on his fifth attempt.

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In swimming, Colombia's Carlos Daniel Serrano Zarate won gold in the men's 100m breaststroke SB7 - successfully defending his title from Rio 2016 five years ago.

Italian swimmer Antonio Fantin clocked 1:03.71 to break his own world record and win the men's 100m freestyle SB6.

The women's 100m breaststroke SB11 saw a new world record set as Cyprus' Karolina Pelendritou touched home in 1:19.78 to clinch the title.

China enjoyed yet another 1-2-3 finish, this time in the men's 50m freestyle S5 race.

ZHENG Tao, YUAN Weiyi, and WANG Lichao all won gold, silver, and bronze respectively - with ZHENG taking top spot in a time of 30.31s to set a new Paralympic record.

New Zealand's Sophie Pascoe added to her gold haul with a win in the women's 200m individual medley SM9.

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Team USA booked their spot in the men's wheelchair basketball semi-finals, beating Turkey 52-45 in a hard fought contest at the Ariake Arena.

They will be joined by world champions Great Britain after their 66-52 thumping of Canada.

Hosts Japan enjoyed their first gold medal in boccia when SUGIMURA Hidetaka beat Thailand's Watcharaphon Vongsa 5-0.

For Florian Jouanny of France, day eight was the 'best of his life' after clinching a first Paralympic gold in the men's H1-2 road race.

Germany's Natascha Hiltrop clinched gold in a shootout in the mixed 10m air rifle SH1, with a total score of 253.1 - making it her first Paralympic gold.

And it was glory for Serbia as Dragan Ristic won their first gold of the Games in the R5 mixed 10m air rifle prone SH2; setting a new Paralympic record with a score of 255.5.

China's archery dominance continued, with CHEN Minyi picking up gold in the W1 women's individual - her second of Tokyo 2020.

A full breakdown of day 7 action and a list of all the winners can be found here.

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Daniel Dias deserves a hearty round of applause after brining the curtain down on his illustrious career.

A pioneer of Paralympic swimming, the Brazilian sensation competed in his last race ahead of retirement.

It wasn't quite the fairytale ending, however, as he narrowly missed out on the podium in the men's 50m freestyle S5.

The 33-year-old has won 27 Paralympic medals across his career, including 14 golds.

And even though family, friends and fans couldn't be there, those who were in the Tokyo Aquatics Centre erupted in appreciation for a man who leaves the sport he loves as his country's most decorated Paralympian.

READ MORE: Simply the best: Daniel Dias retires as most successful-ever Para swimmer after final race

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