Daily wrap-up: The top moments from Day 2 of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo

As world records continued to fall in the pool and at the velodrome, here are the pick of the highlights from the second day of competition on Thursday 26th August.

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Day two of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo saw powerlifting and equestrian joining the action.

And from the pool to the velodrome, world and Paralympic records kept tumbling on Thursday (26 August), with Anastasia Pagonis delivering a swimming masterclass.

Here are the top moments from the second day of action.

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Top 5 moments from day 2 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics in 2021

SUZUKI Takayuki wins Japan's first gold in their home Paralympic Games

They had to wait until the second day of action, but Japan have their first gold of the Paralympics in Tokyo.

And it was SUZUKI Takayuki who earned the top spot in the men's 100m freestyle S4 swimming, with a new Games record of 1:21.58.

"I couldn't see the moment I had finished the race so I didn't know if I was in first place, but when I saw on the score board that I was in first place, I was so happy," SUZUKI said.

"I have been racing since yesterday, so I was worried about fatigue, but I tried to be confident and I hoped I could increase my speed without restraining myself.

"I'm also very happy to have broken the record [HANADA Yuji], who I respect."

Anastasia Pagonis breaks own World Record to win Gold

Team USA have their first gold of the Paralympic Games, courtesy of 17-year-old Anastasia Pagonis.

The teen swim sensation smashed the world record in the heats, before eclipsing it once again recording a time of 4:54.49 to win the 400m freestyle S11 final.

"It means everything - it means that all my hard work has paid off," said Pagonis on her world record.

"All the blood, sweat and tears have paid off all of the time and effort my parents and coach put into this, I would not be here without them.

"It's a whole team effort, we did it."

And Pagonis told Olympics.com that following her triumphant win, she was 'so excited' that her family were on camera cheering her on.

"I just can't wait to go hug my mom."

Team USA get the better of Canada in wheelchair rugby

Wheelchair rugby lived up to it's previous name of Murderball when Team USA and Canada went head-to-head.

The Americans came out on top by four points, beating the Canadians 54-58.

"We call it murderball, we call it rugby for a reason," USA's Charles Aoki told Olympics.com.

"I love playing physical games like that, it was a lot of fun and I'm glad we came out on top."

And the physicality was echoed by teammate Charles Melton: "It's always a great rivalry [USA v Canada], so it's expected to be a lot like North American hockey and a lot more body contact than a European team."

It was a second consecutive defeat for the Canadians, with Trevor Murao admitting it was a 'tough' loss.

"I think the team played well, I think we grinned right to the end.

"We knew it was going to be a tough game, it was a a must win for us.

"Not getting the win, it's a hard pill to swallow."

Ibrahim Al Hussein gets Paralympic Refugee team action underway

Following in the footsteps of the IOC Refugee Olympic Team, the Refugee Paralympic Team (RPT) saw their first athletes get underway on day 2.

It was Ibrahim Al Hussein who was the first of six team members to compete in Tokyo.

He competed in the second heat of the men's 100m breaststroke SB8, just two days after being the team flagbearer at the opening ceremony.

Al Hussein has previously expressed the importance of having a Refugee team participate at the Games.

"It's giving hope to the 12 million displaced people around the world with a disability.

"I want to send them a message that nothing is impossible, to continue things no matter what happens.

"I am here as an example."

Another Paralympic upset, this time in wheelchair fencing

There was an upset in wheelchair fencing on the second day of competition, following the People's Republic of China sweeping gold medals on day one (25 August).

While China looked on course to continue their dominance in the event, Hungary's Amarilla Veres had other ideas.

Veres beat the Rio 2016 defending champion RONG Jing to take home gold.

The Chinese team did see the day out with another gold, however, with TAN Shumei beating RPC's Viktoria Boykova to win their first gold medal.

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What else happened on day 2?

Great Britain enjoyed a successful day in the pool, with both Maisie Summers-Newton and Tully Kearny winning gold medals and setting new world records in their respective events.

Summers-Newton swam the 200m individual medley SM6 in a time of 2:56.68, with teammates Ellie Simmonds and Grace Harvey finishing in 4th and 5th.

And one of the biggest highlights for the new Paralympic champion was to swim alongside the likes of Simmonds.

"When I first got into swimming Ellie Simmons and Liz Johnson were my inspiration.

"And it's just so nice to race alongside the people you've admired for so long."

Meanwhile Kearny, who narrowly missed out on a gold on the opening day of action, blew the 100m freestyle S5 record to pieces in Tokyo finishing the event with a time of 1:14.39.

And Ireland picked up their first Paralympic gold, courtesy of Ellen Keane in a nail-biting 100m breaststroke SB8 final.

Elsewhere in the pool, Belarus' Ihar Boki won his second gold in two days, this time in the men's 100m backstroke S13.

And both Italy and the Netherlands enjoyed double success in the pool, with Francessco Bocciardo and Stefano Raimondo winning gold.

While Dutch duo Rogier Dorsman and Chantalle Zijderveld celebrating golds in their respective events.

An emphatic race from the People's Republic of China saw them comfortably win gold in the mixed 4x50m freestyle - 20 points.

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It was yet another triumphant day of track cycling at the velodrome.

Dutch cyclist, Larissa Klaassen and pilot Imke Brommer, won gold in the women's B 1000m time trial - setting a new Paralympic record of 1:05.291; bettering her silver from Rio 2016.

Spain won their first gold of the 2020 Paralympics, with Alfonso Cabello breaking his own record from 2014 in the men's C4-5 1000m time trial.

And it was yet another 1-2 finish for Great Britain, this time in the men's C3 3000m individual pursuit, where Jaco van Gass won gold and Finlay Graham won silver.

Meanwhile in dressage, Lee Pearson won gold for Great Britain in the individual event as Paralympic debutant and teammate Georgia Wilson won bronze.

It was another Dutch title on the second day of action, with Sanne Voets secured her first Paralympic title with a score of 76.585 - and Brazil's Rodolpho Riskalla picked up silver while Belgium's Manon Claeys won bronze.

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Paralympic powerlifting got underway on the second day of action.

In the men's -49kg, Jordan's Omar Sami Hamadeh won gold with a lift of 173kg - while Vietnam's Le van Cong won silver, and Azerbijan's Parvin Mammadov took bronze.

And in the women's -41kg, People's Republic of China's GUO Lingling broke her own world record, with a lift of 109kg, to take home the gold.

Indonesia's Ni Nengah Widiasih won silver, while Venezuela's Clara Sarahy Fuentes Monasterio won bronze.

Photo of the Day from Japan

Goalball action began on the opening day of action, continuing into the second day.

And it was time for the men's USA team to play their first game - facing Brazil.

The Americans came out on top, with a score 8-6.

Calahan Young was the star of the show, scoring four goals to guide them to victory.

But before they kicked off their bid for gold, they ensured some time to seemingly recreate The Beatles' iconic Abbey Road album cover.

Who did it better?

How to follow and watch Paralympic action from Day 3 of Tokyo 2020

All the key moments will be on Olympics.com, with updates and articles throughout Friday 27th August.

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