Day five of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games was another 24 hours filled with rapturous sporting action and delight.
History continued to bow to the might of the Paralympians hailing from all around the world as old records fell and new champions were established.
India enjoyed its first ever Paralympic table tennis medal with thanks to the efforts of Bhavina Patel; Italy continued its sumptuous summer of sport with scintillating displays in swimming; and Great Britain won its first ever gold in the wheelchair rugby competition.
Even the Paralympic greats were having fun. Bebe Vio captured her second medal of the Games in the women's foil team event while Tatyana McFadden continued to add to her already impressive Paralympic medal tally after another scorching track display.
Here are the top moments from the fifth day of the Games.
Top 5 moments from day 5 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics in 2021
Bebe Vio leads Italy to silver in the women's team foil event
After roaring her way to an individual gold yesterday, Italian para-fencing icon Bebe Vio was back on the hunt for a medal in the team competition.
It was a close encounter with the People's Republic of China starting strong. Vio fought to re-take control, quickly turning the tables on her opponents to give Italy the lead after two relays.
From there it was touch for touch, with just the smallest of margins within it. Slowly but surely the para-fencers from China - in their consistency - accumulated a strong advantage leaving Vio too tall a mountain to climb by the end, although she gave it her best shot, scoring 20 of Italy's 41 points.
“We are so proud about it. We are super proud,” Vio shared with Olympics.com talking about her team silver medal."
“We are lucky to have this great team. Even if it’s not the gold - but it’s much better than Rio de Janeiro where we did the bronze so I think we just need three more years then Paris to get a better medal!”
Tatyana McFadden wins second medal at Tokyo 2020 in 800m T54
Tatyana McFadden continued her tour de force at Tokyo 2020 with a silver in the women's 800m T54 race. The medal takes McFadden's total Paralympic medal tally to an astonishing 19.
She was beaten to the line by Manuela Schaer of Switzerland who set a new Paralympic record to beat the well decorated American.
Speaking after the event McFadden shared: "I know it's crazy. 19 and counting."
"It's a big honour for me today. It was a really tough race. With Manuela [Schaer] you can't slip. I've been racing against Manuela since I was 15 and she's so strong.
"For me this year, just to be on the podium is huge. It's an honour to be here and to make Team USA. It hasn't been easy for me being diagnosed with a blood clotting disorder in 2018. So I'm just really pleased with my performance."
The winner of six world marathon major races will be back on track tomorrow (August 30) in the 1500m T54 heats.
Bhavina Patel seals historic silver for India
Bhavinaben Hasmukhbhai Patel put her name in the history books after winning India's first-ever Paralympic medal in table tennis.
The 34-year-old, who made her Paralympic debut at Tokyo 2020, took the silver in a nail-biting battle against world number one ZHOU Ying of PR China in women's Class 4, which Zhou won 11-7, 11-5, 11-6.
"I'm very happy but I feel bad also because I was little nervous and that prevented me from being 100 per cent," Patel shared after the gold medal match. "Because of that I'm not entirely satisfied, but I tried my best."
"I created history."
While the Indian Paralympic paddler may not feel she played her best when it mattered Patel certainly made waves at Tokyo on her way to the top.
She eliminated ZHANG Miao on Saturday 28 August and also conquered the world number two and Rio 2016 gold medallist Borislava Peric-Rankovic in the quarterfinals.
Kendall Gretsch: gold medallist at both summer and winter Paralympics
29-year-old Kendall Gretsch became the fifth American to win gold medals at both the summer and winter Paralympic Games after she crossed the line first in the women's individual PTWC triathlon race.
Gretsch took home the top prize in sensational fashion after she just pipped reigning world champion Lauren Parker of Australia to the gold by one second.
The American first made history for her country when she won gold in the 6km biathlon race on her Paralympic debut at PyeongChang 2018. It was the first biathlon medal for the U.S. at either an Olympics or Paralympics.
Now she is the owner of another piece of history as she joins Alana Nichols and Allison Jones to become the third woman from America to win gold at both a summer and winter Paralympic Games.
Great Britain bag first ever gold in the wheelchair rugby competition
It was an historic day for British wheelchair rugby after they fought off the United States to win gold 54-49, in what was a deliciously tense and epic final clash.
Captain Jim Roberts put in a remarkable performance, leading his team with 24 tries and 3 steals outdoing American rival Joshua Wheeler who put an impressive 21 tries past Britain's defence.
In taking the title, Paralympics GB become the first team from Europe ever to win the Paralympic crown.
Hosts Japan also put on a strong showing at their home Games. After falling short against the eventual gold medallists in the semi-finals they faced off against Rio 2016 Paralympic champions Australia for the bronze.
The team from Down Under, however, were unable to tame their Japanese opponents and the home nation took home the third place prize 60-52.
What else happened on day 5?
Hannah 'Hurricane' Cockcroft found joy for a third time in athletics after she stormed to victory with a new world record time in the women's T34 100m. It was a Great Britain one-two as teammate Kare Adenegan followed her over the line in second, while Australia's Robyn Lambird came third.
Irish sprint sensation Jason Smyth won his sixth Paralympic gold medal by one-hundredth of a second in the men's 100m T13 final. In crossing the line first the 34-year-old remains unbeaten in his 16-year-long Paralympic career.
Thailand fell just short of winning two track golds. Men's 400m T54 para-athlete Athiwat Paeng-Nuea looked close to matching his countryman Pongsakorn Paeyo who had just won the men's 400m T53 but was denied on the line by America's Daniel Romanchuk in a photo-finish.
Norway's Salum Ageze Kashafali set a new world record - 10.43 - in the men's 100m T12 final.
Jonnie Peacock got his Tokyo 2020 campaign underway in the men's 100m T64. He put in a season's best performance to qualify in good stead for tomorrow's final. Speaking exclusively to Olympics.com after the race he said:
"This class has always been tough. It's absolutely taken off over the last few years [and] we've seen some ridiculous fast times."
On the gold medal race tomorrow he added: "I think everyone's going to go under the Paralympic record one, two, three tomorrow so it's going to be a really exciting race to watch. But watch that last 40m because it's going to be something else."
In the field events Iraq’s Garrah Tnaiash received a hard lesson in patience after he began celebrating what he assumed would be a gold medal after he threw a new world record in the men's shot put F40 final. However, rival Deni Gnezdilov of the RPC quickly silenced him after he threw his shot 1cm further, taking the world record and the gold from his grasp. They hugged it out afterwards.
The Ukraine's Oksana Zubkovska took gold in the women's T12 long jump, while reigning Paralympic champion YAO Juan of PR China was untouchable in her victory in the women's discus throw F64; she smashed the world record (44.73) on her sixth attempt.
The pool continued to deliver joy and tears in equal measure.
Ihar Boki won his fourth Tokyo Paralympic gold medal in the 50m freestyle S13, adding to the 11 golds he has already acquired from London 2012 and Rio 2016.
Three-time Rio 2016 gold medallist McKenzie Coan blasted to victory in the women's 400m freestyle S7.
Hosts Japan won their second gold in the water courtesy of a strong swim from YAMAGUCHI Naohide in the men's 100m breaststroke SB14 competition.
Big things were expected of Simone Barlaam ahead of the swimming competition in Japan and the Italian delivered in style. The 21-year-old touched the wall first to win gold in the 50m freestyle S9 final.
Britain's youngest Tokyo Paralympian Ellie Challis, 17, won silver in the 50m backstroke S3 behind Italy's Arjola Trimi.
The men's 5-a-side football tournament kicked off today and reigning champions Brazil reminded everyone that they are the team to beat after they comprehensively won 3-0 over the People's Republic of China in the opening round of the competition.
Elsewhere, home favourites Japan made light work of besting a hopeful France, beating Les Bleus 4-0, while Morocco lost to Argentina 2-1 and Spain beat Thailand 1-0.
It was a super Sunday for PR China in table tennis with a grand total of five athletes clinching golds.
ZHOU Ying, YAN Shuo, MAO Jingdian, ZHANG Bian and XUE Juan were all victorious in their gold medal clashes, while PAN Jiamin, HUANG Wenjuan and CAO Ningning swept up silvers.
Patryk Chojnowski of Poland took gold in the men's singles class 10 competition and Hungary's Peter Palos won the top prize in the men's singles class 11 gold medal match.
Today was also the conclusion of the judo competition at Tokyo 2020 and it did not disappoint.
After having been denied on her home soil five years ago Alana Maldonaldo finally won a Paralympic gold medal in the women's -70kg B2 class, besting Georgia's Ina Kaldini by waza-ari.
Other victories on the tatami came from Christopher Skelley who took gold by waza-ari in a tight men's -100kg B2 contest; Mohammadreza Kheirollahzadeh of Iran who won in the men's +100kg B2 class and Dursadaf Karimova of Azerbaijan who walked away the champion in the women's +70kg B3 class.
In archery, PR China beat Turkey in a hard-fought contest to win the gold by one point in the mixed team compound competition: 153-152, while in the equestrian dressage team test to music event, it was Great Britain who pranced to glory. The Netherlands and the U.S. won silver and bronze respectively.
Four more gold medallists were determined in powerlifting.
Mariana d'Andrea of Brazil won her country its first gold medal in powerlifting in the women's -73kg final, while Bose Omolayo took the women's -79kg title.
Jordan's Abdelkareem Mohammad Ahmad Khattab bested PR China's YE Jixiong to the gold in the men's -88kg event, but compatriot YAN Panpan remained firm for his country to take the gold in the men's -97kg final.
The rowing was something of a gold rush for Great Britain who finished the day with golds in the PR2 mixed double sculls and PR3 mixed coxed four.
Last, but by no means least, Lauren Steadman finally got to lay her Rio 2016 demons to rest after she won triathlon gold in the women's individual PTS5.
A breakdown of day 5 action and a list of all the winners can be found here.
Photo of the Day from Japan
Ever wondered what winning your first Paralympic gold medal looks like?
Well, a bit like this.
Gabriel Geraldos dos Santos Araujo won his first Paralympic title in the men's 200m freestyle S2 competition today. The gold comes after he clinched the silver on Wednesday 25 August in 100m backstroke S2.
For the swimmer who counts Paralympic swimming legend and fellow Brazilian Daniel Dias as his idol, swimming is everything.
Now, with two Paralympic medals already in the bag, the 19-year-old is well on his way to emulating his inspiration's successes.
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