Highlights: Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games - Day 12

TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 05: Vanessa Cristina de Souza of Team Brazil competes in the women's Marathon T54 on day 12 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games on September 05, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 05: Vanessa Cristina de Souza of Team Brazil competes in the women's Marathon T54 on day 12 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games on September 05, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Follow the highlights from the last-day of competition at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games as they happen via our blog below.

5 September 18:10 (JST): Countdown to the Closing Ceremony

We are now in the countdown to the Closing Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games which will commence at 20:00 JST.

Thank you for tuning in the past 12 days and please join us once more later as we close the greatest sporting festival in the world. Arigato!

5 September 15:40 (JST): Paralympic rewind

Peru's Leonor Espinoza Carranza is Para taekwondo's first gold medallist after creating a historic victory over two-time European champion Meryem Cavdar from Turkey on the Paralympic debut of the sport on day 9 at Tokyo 2020, Read our review below.

READ MORE: Peru’s Leonor Espinoza Carranza is first-ever Paralympic taekwondo gold medallist

CHIBA, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 02: Leonor Espinoza Carranza of Team Peru challenges Ziyodakhon Isakova of Team Uzbekistan in the Women's K44 -49kg Semifinal  on day 9 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Makuhari Masse on September 02, 2021 in Chiba, Japan. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)
CHIBA, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 02: Leonor Espinoza Carranza of Team Peru challenges Ziyodakhon Isakova of Team Uzbekistan in the Women's K44 -49kg Semifinal on day 9 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Makuhari Masse on September 02, 2021 in Chiba, Japan. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)
2021 Getty Images

5 September 15:40 (JST): Scenes from today

Leani Ratri Oktila and Hary Susanto celebrating after their win against France's Lucas Mazur and Noel Faustine in the mixed doubles badminton gold medal match.

TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 05: Oktila Leani Ratri and Susanto Hary of Team Indonesia celebrate winning the Badminton Mixed Doubles SL3-SU5 Gold Medal Match against Noel Faustine and Lucas Mazur on day 12 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Yoyogi National Gymnasium on September 05, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 05: Oktila Leani Ratri and Susanto Hary of Team Indonesia celebrate winning the Badminton Mixed Doubles SL3-SU5 Gold Medal Match against Noel Faustine and Lucas Mazur on day 12 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Yoyogi National Gymnasium on September 05, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)
2021 Getty Images

5 September 15:35 (JST): In their own words

YAMAZAKI Yuma on winning gold in the badminton doubles with SATOMI Sarina:

Yamazaki: The way this game has ended for me was just perfect. I'm really happy

5 September 15:20 (JST): Markus Rehm on a personal mission

After winning gold in the long jump T64 event on 1 September, he is also on a mission to put more spotlight on Paralympic Games and Para sports in general

READ MORE: Markus Rehm - 'My ultimate goal is to make our sport even bigger' (published 4 September)

TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 01: Markus Rehm of Team Germany during the Men's Long Jump T64 Final on day 8 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at The Olympic Stadium on September 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 01: Markus Rehm of Team Germany during the Men's Long Jump T64 Final on day 8 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at The Olympic Stadium on September 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
2021 Getty Images

5 September 15:11 (JST): In her own words

TANG Xuemei reacts after losing the People's Republic of China lost the women's sitting volleyball gold medal match against USA:

Of course our team wanted to win the gold medal but today silver is also satisfying for us

CHIBA, JAPAN - AUGUST 30: Tang Xuemei #1 of Team China competes during the Sitting Volleyball Women's Preliminaries Pool B match between Team United States and Team China on day 6 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Makuhari Messe on August 30, 2021 in Chiba, Japan. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)
CHIBA, JAPAN - AUGUST 30: Tang Xuemei #1 of Team China competes during the Sitting Volleyball Women's Preliminaries Pool B match between Team United States and Team China on day 6 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Makuhari Messe on August 30, 2021 in Chiba, Japan. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)
2021 Getty Images

5 September 14:30 (JST): In his own words

Team USA captain Steve Serio reacts after defeating Japan in the gold medal match in wheelchair basketball:

Japan was the Cinderella story of this tournament but you couldn’t ask for a more storybook ending for us. We were up against a great team, in their home country, their home stadium, and we had a performance like this

5 September 14:08 (JST): Last medal of Tokyo 2020 goes to Japan

Japan's SUGINO Akiko and FUJIHARA Daisuke have clinched the last medal of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games - bronze in the badminton mixed doubles SL3-SU5 - beating India's Pramod Bhagat Palak Kohli 2-0.

5 September 14:02 (JST): Team USA are reigning champions again

Team USA beat host nation Japan 64-60 to clinch gold in the men's wheelchair basketball match at Ariake Arena.

Whilst the US team are the favourites coming into the competition, Japan showed they were tough opponents and worthy silver medallists. It is the first time that Japan had entered the finals and had only reached the quarter final stage at Altanta 1996, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.

5 September 14:00 (JST): In her own words

Veronika Vadovicova reacts after winning gold in the R6 mixed 50m rifle prone SH at the Asaka Shooting Range.

I didn't expect to even be in the final, let alone win a gold medal.

"After three disciplines we were disappointed with no chance of a medal. It also helped, maybe, because there was no pressure today."

5 September 13:30 (JST): Get to know Italy's Ambra Sabatini

Italian rising athletics star smashed her Paralympic debut last night when she won gold in the women's 100m T63 whilst also breaking a world record and leading the Italian team to win 1-2-3 victories in the event.

READ MORE: Five things to know about Italy's Ambra Sabatini

TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 04: Ambra Sabatini of Team Italy reacts after winning the gold medal and breaking the world record after competing in the Women's 100m - T63 Final on day 11 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 04, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 04: Ambra Sabatini of Team Italy reacts after winning the gold medal and breaking the world record after competing in the Women's 100m - T63 Final on day 11 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 04, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
2021 Getty Images

5 September 12:50 (JST): In case you missed it

IR Iran won their seventh Paralympic gold in sitting volleyball last night 4 September against the RPC. Read our review below:

READ MORE: Champions again as Islamic Republic of Iran win men's sitting volleyball for seventh time

5 September 12:30 (JST): Men's wheelchair basketball final underway

It's time for one of, if not the last event of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games as the United States look to with back-to-back gold while host nation Japan will create history by winning gold as the first Asian team to win a Paralympic medal in the men's event.

5 September 12:26 (JST): Argentinian football legend congratulates football 5-a-side team

Barcelona and Argentinean international Sergio Aguero has congratulated Argentina's football 5-a-side team on their silver medal. It was the nations first finals appearance since Athens 2004.

READ MORE: Brazil keeps up its unblemished record with fifth consecutive win in football 5-a-side

5 September 12:06 (JST): In case you missed it

Japan's KUNIEDA Shingo won gold in men's singles on Saturday 4 September - becoming the first male wheelchair tennis player to win three Paralympic singles titles. Read our coverage below.

READ MORE: KUNIEDA Shingo makes it a golden treble after win at home Paralympic Games

車いすテニス男子シングルス決勝で、国枝慎吾がトム・エフベリンクをストレートで破り、2大会ぶり3度目となる金メダルを獲得した
車いすテニス男子シングルス決勝で、国枝慎吾がトム・エフベリンクをストレートで破り、2大会ぶり3度目となる金メダルを獲得した

5 September 11:50 (JST): Veronika Vadovicova wins her fourth Paralympic gold medal

Veronika Vadovicova of Slovakia hit her target of winning her fourth gold medal at Tokyo 2020 after scoring a Paralympic record of 248.9.

This is Vadovicova's fifth Paralympic Games.

Meanwhile Anna Normann of Sweden took silver at 248.5 and Spain's Juan Antonio Saavedra Reinaldo claimed bronze, which is the first shooting medal of Spain at Tokyo 2020.

READ MORE: Three-time Paralympic champion shooter Veronika Vadovicova sets target on fourth gold (published 30 August)

5 September 11:45 (JST): Great Britain are bronze medallists again

Great Britain are going up the podium again after beating Spain 68-58 in the bronze medal match at Ariake Arena.

The British team - who are reigning world champions - have retained their Rio 2016 bronze title at Tokyo 2020.

5 September 11:40 (JST): USA win their second gold in sitting volleyball

Reigning champions USA clinched their second gold title against People's Republic of China winning 25-12 25-20 22-25 25-19 in the women's sitting volleyball match at Makuhari Messe Hall. The US team won three out of four sets, and only conceding one to their Chinese rivals.

This is Team USA's second gold title after Rio 2016, where they also beat then defending champions PR China.

READ MORE: Kaleo Kanahele Maclay - be the bar (interview originally published April 2021)

5 September 11:33 (JST): In his own words...

The future looks bright for Australia's Jaryd Clifford after finishing with a silver medal in the men's marathon T12 this morning - only his second marathon. The two-time Paralympian medal in all three of his events including 1,500m T13 (bronze) and 5,000m (silver).

I'm 22, I want to be on the podium in Paris (2024) with Timmy (guide).

I want to be on the podium in LA (2028), and Brisbane 2032, a home Games, I'm going to be there.

5 September 11:13 (JST) Lucas Mazur beat Suhas Yathiraj to claim France's first gold in para badminton

No 1 seed Lucas Mazur of France claimed France's first gold in para badminton when he beat India's Suhas Yathiraj in 15-21 21-17 21-15 in the men's singles SL4 held in Yoyogi National Stadium.

Like Satomi and Sarina, Lucas lost the first set only to bounce back strong in the next rounds to claim victory over the Yathiraj.

5 September 11:10 (JST) SATOMI Sarina and YAMAZAKI Yuma win the women's doubles

Japanese duo SATOMI Sarina and YAMAZAKI Yuma have won Japan's first ever gold in the women's para badminton doubles. The pair beat PR China's LIU Yutong and YIN Menglu 16-21 21-16 21-13 in a match that lasted 63 minutes.

The Chinese team had a strong start taking the first set but Sarina and Yamazaki pulled back to dominate the last two sets to claim their victory.

TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 05: Sarina Satomi (L) and Yuma Yamazaki (R) of Team Japan celebrate winningthe Badminton Women's Doubles WH Gold Medal Match against Liu Yutong and Yin Menglu of Team China on day 12 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Yoyogi National Gymnasium on September 05, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 05: Sarina Satomi (L) and Yuma Yamazaki (R) of Team Japan celebrate winningthe Badminton Women's Doubles WH Gold Medal Match against Liu Yutong and Yin Menglu of Team China on day 12 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Yoyogi National Gymnasium on September 05, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)
2021 Getty Images

5 September 10:45 (JST) In his own words

JEONG Howon reacts after his coach lifted him up after the team claimed victory in the boccia pairs BC3 on Saturday 4 September

It was like a plane in the sky. Like I am flying

READ MORE: Republic of Korea prevail to win their ninth consecutive boccia gold

(L-R) Gold medallists Yejin Choi, Howon Jeong, and Hansoo Kim of Team Republic of Korea during the Boccia Pairs - BC3 Victory Ceremony at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games (Photo by Christopher Jue/Getty Images for International Paralympic Committee)
(L-R) Gold medallists Yejin Choi, Howon Jeong, and Hansoo Kim of Team Republic of Korea during the Boccia Pairs - BC3 Victory Ceremony at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games (Photo by Christopher Jue/Getty Images for International Paralympic Committee)
2021 Getty Images

5 September 10:36 (JST) Photo time

This mornings Paralympic Marathons lead us around the beautiful streets of the host city Tokyo as we saw some of the best athletes in the world battle it out for gold.

Check out all the photos from the marathon below⬇️

5 September 10:00 (JST) Sitting Volleyball and Wheelchair Basketball medal matches are on

The gold medal match in the women's sitting volleyball between the United States and PR China has got underway at Mahukari Messe. The United States are looking to defend their Rio 2016 crown while PR China will be hoping to re-grain the title they loss five years ago.

In the wheelchair basketball, the men's bronze medal match is underway with world champions Great Britain up against Rio 2016 silver medallist Spain.

5 September 9:52 (JST): MICHISHITA Misato turns silver into gold

Japan's MICHISHITA Misato has become a Paralympic gold medallist five years on from her silver medal at Rio 2016. The 44-year-old, who is also the world record holder in the T12, crossed the line in a time of 3:00:50 to break the Paralympic record set at Rio 2016.

RPC's Elena Pautova took silver, finishing two and a half minutes behind before South Africa's Louzanne Coetzee came in for the bronze.

5 September 9:20 (JST): LI Chaoyan back-to-back Paralympic champion

The marathons are finishing thick and fast now with PR China's LI Chaoyan crossing for gold in the men's T45 in a new Paralympic record time of 2:25:50. He won the same event at Rio 2016, and bettered his time in Tokyo by 11 seconds.

Brazil's Alex Douglas Pires da Silva finished just over a minute behind for silver and Japan picked up their second bronze of the morning with NAGATA Tsutomu.

5 September 9:13 (JST): El Amin Chentouf defends Rio 2016 title

Morocco's El Amin Chentouf has won gold for a second consecutive Paralympic Games, defending his title from Rio 2016. The thee-time Paralympian, who finished over four minutes ahead, beat the Paralympic record set at London 2012 with a new time of 2:21:43.

Not long after Australia's Jayrd Clifford crossed the line for silver before Japan's HORIKOSHI Tadashi clinched bronze.

READ MORE: Morocco's El-Amin Chentouf wins the T12 marathon gold

5 September 9:00 (JST): Badminton underway

The last day of badminton at Tokyo 2020 is already underway with 14 medal events (across gold and bronze).

5 September 8:31 (JST): Morocco's Chentouf runaway leader of T12 marathon

It’s the 25km mark in the men’s T12 marathon with Morocco's El Amin Chentouf the runaway leader.

5 September 8:27 (JST): Halfway reached in the final marathon race

We've reached the halfway point in the women's T12 marathon with the RPC's Elena Pautova in the lead by just 0.04 seconds over Japan's MICHISHITA Misato. Morocco's Meryem En-Nourhi is in third with Brazil's Edneusa de Jesus Santos in fourth.

5 September 8:18 (JST): Madison de Rozario has won gold

Australia's Madison de Rozario has won gold in the women's T54 marathon in a Paralympic record time of 1:38:11. Switzerland's Manuela Schaer, who is the world record holder, closed the gap between the pair as they entered the final lap inside the Olympic Stadium with the Australian holding on to win gold by just 0.01.

The bronze went to the Netherlands Nikita den Boer.

Read more| Madison de Rozario: I want kids growing up thinking anything is possible

5 September 8:10 (JST): Halfway mark in the men's T45

A lead group of three runners including PR China's LI Chaoyan, Australia's Michael Roeger - who just so happens to be the current world record holder in the T46 event - and Japan's NAGATA Tsutomu have reached the halfway point.

5 September 8:05 (JST): Halfway in the men's T12

We have reached the halfway point in the men's T12 marathon with Morroco's El Amin Chentouf leading the way.

Tunisia's Wajdi Boukhili is currently in second battling it out with Australia's Jaryd Clifford and Spain's Alberto Suarez Laso for the silver. All three runners clocked in at the halfway mark at 1:13.30 - over two minutes behind Chentouf.

5 September 7:54 (JST): Marcel Hug wins his fourth gold!

Switzerland's Marcel Hug wins the men's marathon T54 with a time of 1:24.02 - this is his fourth gold medal at Tokyo 2020. Following him is People's republic of China's ZHANG Yong who crossed the finish line at 1:24.22 - just 20 seconds behind Hug.

TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 05: Marcel Hug of Team Switzerland reacts after winning the gold medal in the men's Marathon - T54 on day 12 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 05, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 05: Marcel Hug of Team Switzerland reacts after winning the gold medal in the men's Marathon - T54 on day 12 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 05, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)
2021 Getty Images

5 September 7:10 (JST): In case you missed it

Yesterday on day 11, IR Iran’s Asghar Aziziaghdam won taekwondo K44 +75kg gold medal contest after defeating Croatia’s Ivan Mikulic by 12-1. See some of the highlights of day 11 - the final day of Para taekwondo at Tokyo 2020.

5 September 7:10 (JST): Halfway mark in men's marathon T54

Guess who are in the lead?

In case you missed it, Switzerland's Marcel Hug has already won three gold medals at Tokyo 2020 (800m, 1500m, 5000m) and he is vying for his fourth.

READ MORE:Switzerland's Marcel hug hopes to stand out at Tokyo 2020 in a wheelchair he designed

5 September 6:50 (JST) Three more races start

Women's and men's marathon T12 and men's T46 all kick off from the Olympic stadium. Australia's Jaryd Clifford takes part in T12, NAGATA Tsutomu in men's T46 and Louzanne Couetzee of Republic of South Africa in women's T12.

5 September 6:40 (JST) Women's marathon T54

Women's marathon T52 race starts. Competing in this event are Tatyana Mcfadden (USA), TSUCHIDA Wakako of Japan - who's competing in her eight Paralympic Games - Eliza Ault-Connell and Madison de Rozario of Australia and many others.

READ MORE: TSUCHIDA Wakako is expanding her possibilities

5 September 6:30 (JST) Men's marathon T54 kicks off from the Olympic stadium

Men's marathon T54 kicks off from the Olympic stadium. Switzerland's Marcel Hug takes part including Japan's SUZUKI Tomoki.

5 September 6:30 (JST) Good morning Day 12!

It's an early start to the last day of competition at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games with the marathon kicking off our Sunday morning.

On the contrary to the Olympic Games, the marathon is being run right here in Tokyo so keep an eye out for the famous sites of the host city.

We begin with the men's T54 race before the women's T54 at 6:40 (JST).

That will then be followed by the men's T12 and T46 as well as the women's T12 all at 6:50 (JST).

We will be taking you through the rest of the events happening as they begin but for now enjoy our coverage of the final day at Tokyo 2020.