Highlights: Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games - Day 8

TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 01: (L-R) Bronze medalist Trenten Merrill of Team United States, gold medalist Markus Rehm of Team Germany and silver medalist Dimitri Pavade of Team France pose after competing in the Men's Long Jump - T64 Final on day 8 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 01: (L-R) Bronze medalist Trenten Merrill of Team United States, gold medalist Markus Rehm of Team Germany and silver medalist Dimitri Pavade of Team France pose after competing in the Men's Long Jump - T64 Final on day 8 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games are underway with 12 days of competition across 22 sports. Follow the highlights from the eighth day of competition at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games as they happen via our blog below.

2 September 00:22 (JST): And that's it for day 8 at Tokyo 2020

If you missed the action of the first few days, you can relive it with our highlights summary below:

1 September 23:20 (JST): Schroder-Vink duo defeat Alcott-Davidson pair in quad doubles

Sam Schroder and Niels Vink dethroned Rio 2016 champions Dylan Alcott and Heath Davidson during the wheelchair tennis quad doubles finals at Ariake Tennis Centre Arena.

21-year-old Schroder and 18-years-old Vink's victory are now the new Paralympic champions!

READ MORE: Dutch young guns defeat Rio 2016 champions to win gold in wheelchair tennis quad doubles

Sam Schroder (R) and Niels Vink of Team Netherlands celebrate winning the Gold medal against Dylan Alcott and Heath Davidson of Team Australia during the Wheelchair Tennis Men's Quad Doubles Final at the Tokyo Paralympic Games (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
Sam Schroder (R) and Niels Vink of Team Netherlands celebrate winning the Gold medal against Dylan Alcott and Heath Davidson of Team Australia during the Wheelchair Tennis Men's Quad Doubles Final at the Tokyo Paralympic Games (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
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1 September 22:44 (JST): Goalball round up

Here's the latest scoreboard from today's goalball competitions

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Women's quarter-finals
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Turkey 10-6 Australia
Israel 1-4 japan
China 0-1 Brazil
United States 5-3 RPC

1 September 22:42 (JST) Sitting volleyball round up

Here's the latest scoreboard from today's sitting volleyball competitions

Women's Prelims

Brazil 3-1 Italy
China 3-0 Rwanda
RPC 0-3 United States
Canada 3-0 Japan

1 September 22:28 (JST) Japan beat Australia in basketball

Host Japan showed they are the king of their home turf after winning against Australia 61-55 in the men's wheelchair basketball quarterfinals. They will now face Great Britain for the men's semifinals on 3 September.

In the meantime here are today's scoreboard:

Quarter-finals
United States 52-45 Turkey
Spain 71-68 Germany
Great Britain 66-52 Canada
Japan 61-55 Australia

1 September 22:03 (JST) Athletics evening round up

Today's athletics event awarded nine gold medals in total

Men's
Pongsakorn Paeyo (Thailand) - 100m T53
Athiwat Paeng-nuea (Thailand) - 100m T54
Musa Taimazov (RPC) - club throw F51
Markus Rehm (Germany) - long jump T64

Women's
Anastasiia Moskalenko (Ukraine) - shot put F32
Galina Lipatnikova (RPC) - shot put F36
GAO Fang (PR China) - 100m T53
ZHOU Zhaoqian (PR China) 100m T54
SHI Yiting (PR China) - 100m T36

For a full list of winners, click here.

1 September 21:54 (JST) In her own words

GAO Fang of PR China reacts after winning gold in her Paralympic Games.

I've been really nervous about this because this has been my main goal. 

I compare it to like a storm in my heart, so now I'm quite relaxed.

1 September 21:40 (JST) Swimming round up

Congratulations to all the gold medal winners in today's swimming events.

Men's
Taliso Engel (Germany) - 100m breaststroke SB13
Vali Israfilov (Azerbaijan) - 100m breaststroke SB12
ZHENG Tao (PR China) - 50m freestyle S5
Andrei Kalina (RPC) - 2oom individual medley SM9
Rogier Dorsman (Netherlands)- 100m breaststroke SB11
Maksym Krypak (Ukraine) - 400m freestyle S10
Antonio Fantin (Italy) - 100m freestyle S6
Carlos Daniel Serrano Zarate (Colombia) - 100m breaststroke SB7

Women's
Viktoria Ishchulova (RPC) - 50m freestyle S8
Maria Carolina Gomes Santiago (Brazil) - 100m breaststroke SB12
Elena Krawzow (Germany) - 100m breaststroke - SB13
Sophie Pascoe (New Zealand) - 200m individual medley SM9
Karolina Pelendritou (Cyprus) - 100m breaststroke SB11
Aurelie Rivard (Canada) - 400m freestyle S10
Mariia Pavolva (RPC) - 100m breaststroke SB7

For a full list of winners, click here

1 September 21:30 (JST) Markus Rehm wins gold

Markus Rehm of Germany claimed gold after leaping to 8.18m on his fifth attempt. This is the third straight victory for the German star after claiming the same titles at London 2012 (T42/44) and Rio 2016 (T44). He also has another gold in the 4x100m relay at Rio.

READ MORE: Blade Jumper Markus Rehm leaps to gold in men's long jump T64

Markus Rehm of Team Germany competes in the Men's Long Jump - T64 Final the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
Markus Rehm of Team Germany competes in the Men's Long Jump - T64 Final the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
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1 September 20:56 (JST): In his own words.

Great Britain's Gaz Choudry reacts after beating Canada 66-52 in the men's basketball quarterfinals at Ariake Arena.

"We knew that would be a grinder. They've got Paralympic gold medallists, they've got the greatest player of all time, they've got a phenomenal coaching staff and Joey JOHNSON (CAN, Canada assistant coach) there, who knows us really well, so we knew they would be prepared, we knew that it would take 40 minutes to beat them and it did."

On being inspired by Great Britain's wheelchair rugby team gold medal:
"It's so inspiring. What an achievement. It just shows that it's possible, and it just gave us even more belief."

TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 01: Lee Manning # 14 of Team Great Britain fights for the ball with Robert Hedges # 6 of Team Canada in the men's Wheelchair Basketball quarterfinal on day 8 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Ariake Arena on September 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 01: Lee Manning # 14 of Team Great Britain fights for the ball with Robert Hedges # 6 of Team Canada in the men's Wheelchair Basketball quarterfinal on day 8 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Ariake Arena on September 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
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1 September 20:49 (JST): PR China's ZHOU Zhaoqian and GAO Fang win gold in women's 100m

ZHOU Zhaoqian does it again! After coming away with a gold medal yesterday in the women's 1500m T54, the Chinese athlete stormed again to gold in the women's 100m today at the Olympic stadium. Clocking in a time of 15.90, she beat Finland's Amanda Kotaja who came three seconds behind her and Cheri Madsen of the USA who took bronze.

Meanwhile GAO Fang also won gold in the women's 100m T53 followed by another PR China athlete ZHOU Hongzhuan. Samanta Kinghorn of Great Britain claimed bronze.

TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 01: Fang Gao of Team China celebrates winning the gold medal in the Women's 100m - T53 Final on day 8 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 01: Fang Gao of Team China celebrates winning the gold medal in the Women's 100m - T53 Final on day 8 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
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1 September 20:15 (JST): Daniel Dias retires as most successful Para swimmer

Daniel Dias of Brazil has retired as the most successful Para swimmer of all time after finishing fourth in the men's 50m freestyle S5 at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre. The Brazilian has finished his swimming career with a record total of 27 medals including 14 golds and three bronze medals he clinched at Tokyo 2020.

The small crowd at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre cheered as Dias finished the last swimming race of his career whilst the beaming Dias waved to his team and supporters.

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

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 26: Daniel de Faria Dias of Team Brazil celebrates winning the bronze medal after competing in the Men's 100m Freestyle S5 final on day 2 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre on August 26, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 26: Daniel de Faria Dias of Team Brazil celebrates winning the bronze medal after competing in the Men's 100m Freestyle S5 final on day 2 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre on August 26, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
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1 September 19:46 (JST): Great Britain beat Canada in men's quarterfinals

World champions Great Britain continue their bid for the podium after defeating their rivals Canada 66-52 in the men's quarterfinals.

1 September 19:44 (JST): PR China make a clean sweep in men's 50m freestyle

ZHENG Tao, YUAN Weiyi, WANG Lichao of People's Republic of China secured a 1-2-3- win after powering through the men's 50m freestyle race. Zheng took gold with a Paralympic record time of 30.31, with Yuan coming in second and Wang at third.

TIDBIT: All three athletes had less than a second time difference when they touched the wall

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1 September 19:24 (JST): Japan win first gold medal in boccia

SUGIMURA Hidetaka made history today by winning his nation's first gold medal in boccia defeat to Thailand's Watcharaphon Vongsa 5-0.

Earlier in the day, David Smith of Great Britain defeated Malaysia's WEI LUN Chew to claim gold in the BC1 boccia match held at the Ariake Gym Centre in Tokyo. The ParalympicsGB athlete now has two gold individual titles to his name after winning at Rio 2016 in the same event.

The British athlete, who is known for wearing a colourful hairstyle, burst into tears after claiming victory. Apart from the two gold medals, he also holds a team title from Beijing 2008.

TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 01: David Smith of Team Great Britain competes in the Boccia Individual - BC1 gold medal match against  Chew Wei Lun of Team Malaysia on day 8 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on September 1, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 01: David Smith of Team Great Britain competes in the Boccia Individual - BC1 gold medal match against Chew Wei Lun of Team Malaysia on day 8 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on September 1, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)
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1 September 19:24 (JST): Ihar Boki finishes fifth

Belarus' Ihar Boki's hopes of winning six gold medals were scuppered when he came fifth in the men's 100m breaststroke SB13.

Yesterday, the Belarusian swimmer said that the breaststroke event was the least of his favourites:

"I can't swim breaststroke. I am not born for this. To swim breaststroke, you have to be born that way. I am trying to improve it, so let's see what I will be able to show here."

READ MORE: Ihar Boki leaving his six gold medal goal up to fate (published 31 August)

1 September 18:46 (JST): In his own words

Japanese ace swimmer KEIICHI Kimura was ecstatic after winning silver in the men's 100m breaststroke final today, following his silver medal at London 2012 and bronze at Rio 2016. He told NHK:

I thought I was going to get a bronze medal, so I'm happy with the silver medal.

I haven't achieved my goal (win gold) yet, so I'm going to focus on that (men's 100m butterfly S11 on 3 September)

TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 01: Keiichi Kimura of Team Japan reacts after winning the silver medal in the men's 100m Breaststroke - SB11 final on day 8 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on September 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 01: Keiichi Kimura of Team Japan reacts after winning the silver medal in the men's 100m Breaststroke - SB11 final on day 8 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on September 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
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1 September 18:34 (JST): Women's Doubles Semi-final postponed

The women's doubles semi-final has been postponed to 2 September due to rain.

Due to this doubles match being played on the next day, there have been the following schedule changes:

  • Women's doubles bronze medal match to 4 September
  • Men's doubles bronze medal match to 3 September

1 September 18:18 (JST): World Record in the Swimming

Karolina Pelendritou of Cyprus has set a new world record in the women’s 100m breaststroke SB11 with a time of 1:19.78. The 35-year-old beat PR China's MA Jia world record by almost two seconds, while also toppling the Paralympic record that was made at Rio 2016.

1 September 18:00 (JST): In his own words

Grigorios Polychronidis reacts on winning silver in the Boccia BC3 gold medal match in a tiebreak behind Czech Republic's Adam Peska:

This is the fifth Paralympic medal for me in four consecutive Paralympic Games. So definitely I am very happy about it.

We will keep working hard and in Paris (2024) we will do our best to win gold.

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 30: Grigorios Polychronidis of Team Greece competes during the boccia individual - BC3 Pool A on day 6 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on August 30, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Christopher Jue/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 30: Grigorios Polychronidis of Team Greece competes during the boccia individual - BC3 Pool A on day 6 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on August 30, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Christopher Jue/Getty Images)
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1 September 17:45 (JST): USA's Anastasia Pagonis on Instagram live

Catch Anastasia Pagonis on an Instagram live session @Paralympics starting at 19:45 JST)

1 September 17:37 (JST): Aurelie Rivard breaks own world record again to win another gold at Tokyo 2020

Aurelie Rivard won her second gold medal at the Games after storming to a world record time of 4:24.08, beating a previous world record she herself set in Cairns, Australia in 2018.

This isn't the first time that Rivard broke a world record at the Games. In the women's 100m freestyle S10, she won gold and smashed her own record previously set in the heats.

In total, Rivard now holds four medals at the Games. She has won two bronzes in the women's 50m freestyle including one won in the 4x100m freestyle relay and she will take part in the backstroke event tomorrow 2 September to take her Tokyo 2020 medal tally to five.

READ MORE: Aurelie Rivard is swimming everyday like it is her last (published in June 2021

1 September 17:30 (JST): Para badminton to debut at 18:00 JST

The wait is almost over! In just 30 minutes, Para badminton will finally kick off at Tokyo 2020. It is one of the new sports to launch at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games along with Para taekwondo.

Four matches will start at 18:00 JST: two in mixed doubles SL3-SU5 and two women's singles WH1.

Here's everything you need to know about the sport.

1 September 17:20 (JST): Italian swimmer breaks world record in 100m freestyle S6

Italy's Antonio Fantin stormed to a record-breaking gold in the men's 100m freestyle S6 after clocking in a 1:03.71, breaking his own world record he set in Portugal last May. It's a fantastic Paralympic debut for the 20-year-old Italian swimmer who also won two silvers in the men's 4x100m freestyle relay and mixed 4x50 freestyle relay a few days earlier.

Meanwhile Colombia's Nelson Crispin Corzo took silver and Brazil's Talisson Henrique Glock claimed bronze.

TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 01: Antonio Fantin of Team Italy celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's 100m Freestyle - S6 final on day 8 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on September 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 01: Antonio Fantin of Team Italy celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's 100m Freestyle - S6 final on day 8 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on September 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
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1 September 17:15 (JST): Jessica Long wins 27th Paralympic medal

USA's Jessica Long remains unstoppable at Tokyo. She won silver in the 100m breaststroke SB7 at Tokyo Aquatics centre following RPC's Mariaa Pavlova who claimed gold.

This is Long's fourth medal at Tokyo 2020 - she won gold in the 200m individual medley SM8, another silver in 400m freestyle S8 and a bronze in the 100m backstroke S8 - and rounds up her medals to 27th.

She will be competing in one more event - the women's 100m butterfly on 3 September so she has one more opportunity to add another medal to her trophy cabinet.

READ MORE: Jessica Long scores silver to take Paralympic medal career total to 26 (published 31 August)

1 September 17:08 (JST): Carlos Daniel Serrano Zarate wins gold in men's 100m breaststroke

Colombia's Carlos Daniel Serrano Zarate has won gold in the men's 100m breaststroke SB7, the same event where he won gold at Rio 2016 five years ago.

The 23-year-old Colombian has already clinched bronze in the 200m individual medley SM7 and silver in the men's 50m freestyle S7 a few days earlier.

Meanwhile, RPC's Egor Efrosinin touched the wall with a time of 1:16.43 to win silver whilst Australia's Blake Cochrane clinched bronze coming in four seconds later after Efrosinin. Cochrane was the reigning champion of the event at London 2012.

READ MORE: Blake Cochrane: Reigniting the passion (interview published on February 2021)

1 September 16:45 (JST): Jetze Plat completes golden treble at Tokyo 2020

Jetze Plat won not one, not two but three gold medals at Tokyo 2020 in two sports. After smashing the PTWC triathlon and cycling road H4 time trial, today Plat blasted to a time of 2:15.13 to claim gold. Austria's Thomas Fruehwirth and Alexander Gritsch - who also won in the H4 time trials - took silver and bronze.

READ MORE: Golden treble on track for unbeaten Netherlands' Jetze Plat

1 September 16:33 (JST): In her own words...

CHEN Minyi of PR China reacts after winning gold with a perfect score of 10 in the women's individual archery W1 at Yumenoshima Park.

I'd like to thank my coaches, because thanks to them, I have this medal.
They give me so much energy and training.

1 September 16:22 (JST): Adam Peska of the Czech Republic defeats Greece' Grigorios Polychronidis

Adam Peska claimed an upset victory after winning in a tie break against Greek boccia star Grigorios Polychronidis. Peska now ups Czech Republic's gold medal to two after David Drahoninsky claimed gold in the men's individual archery W1 last Monday 30 August.

1 September 15:30 (JST): Serbia wins first gold medal at Paralympic medals

Serbia's Dragan Ristic clinched Serbia's first gold medal at a Paralympic Games after claiming the title in the R5 mixed 10m air rifle prone SH2. The Serbian sailed away with gold after hitting a Paralympic record shot of 255.5. This is also the first Paralympic medal for Ristic after competing at London 2012 and Rio 2016.

Ukraine's Vasyl Kovalchuck snagged silver with a score of 254.7

1 September 15:00 (JST): Best day of his life: Florian Jouanny of France reacts to his victory in H1-2 road race

French paracyclist Florian Jouanny claims first gold in first Paralympic Games; his second medal in two days,

READ MORE: 'Best day of my life': Florian Jouanny wins men's H1-2 road race

Gold Medallist Florian Jouanny FRA at the Medal Ceremony for the Men’s H1-2 Road Cycling Race at the Fuji International Speedway. Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, Tokyo, Japan, Wednesday 01 September 2021. Photo: OIS/Thomas Lovelock. Handout image supplied by OIS/IOC
Gold Medallist Florian Jouanny FRA at the Medal Ceremony for the Men’s H1-2 Road Cycling Race at the Fuji International Speedway. Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, Tokyo, Japan, Wednesday 01 September 2021. Photo: OIS/Thomas Lovelock. Handout image supplied by OIS/IOC
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1 September 14:46 (JST): Six teams from PR China go straight to the finals

Six teams from People's Republic of China have automatically entered the finals after winning their semi final matches in today's morning session of the table tennis competitions at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.

These are the teams competing in the finals.

Men's team
PR China vs Germany - class 3
PR China vs Republic of Korea - class 3-4
PR China vs Ukraine - class 8
PR China vs Australia - class 9-10

Women's team
PR China vs Republic of Korea - class 1-3
PR China vs Netherlands - class 6-8

There are more semifinal matches coming up from 1730 today so keep an eye on who may automatically enter the final matches starting tomorrow 2 September.

1 September 14:20 (JST): CHEN Minyi wins gold medal in W1 archery

Despite a rainy day in the capital, PR China's CHEN Minyi won her second gold medal at the Games in the W1 women's individual following her victory in the mixed team event last Saturday 28 August.

The 30-year-old athlete defeated Czech Republic's Sarka Musilova and won by a wide margin 142-131.

TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 01: Chen Minyi of Team China competes against Sarka Musilova of Team Czech Republic during the Women's Individual - W1 Final on day 7 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Dream Island Archery Park on September 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 01: Chen Minyi of Team China competes against Sarka Musilova of Team Czech Republic during the Women's Individual - W1 Final on day 7 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Dream Island Archery Park on September 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
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1 September 14:12 (JST): Team USA defeat Turkey in quarterfinal round in men's wheelchair basketball

Team USA continue their bid for the podium after defeating Turkey 52-45 in the men's quarterfinal at Ariake Arena . The Turkish team led the first quarter round at 11-8, but USA took hold of the reins from second to the last quarter to win this match to enter the semis.

TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 01: Trevon Jenifer #16 of Team United States looks to pass against Volkan Gulem #52 of Team Turkey in the second half during the men's Wheelchair Basketball quarterfinal on day 8 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Ariake Arena on September 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 01: Trevon Jenifer #16 of Team United States looks to pass against Volkan Gulem #52 of Team Turkey in the second half during the men's Wheelchair Basketball quarterfinal on day 8 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Ariake Arena on September 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
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1 September 13:50 (JST): Jennette Jansen wins tenth Paralympic medal

Dutch athlete Jennette Jansen has just won her tenth Paralympic gold as she claimed top podium in H4 Road race, the third medal she won in Para cycling.

The amazing 53-year-old athlete already boasts of six medals in Para athletics and one in wheelchair basketball.

Jennette Jansen of Team Netherlands competes during the Women's H4-5 Time Trial at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
Jennette Jansen of Team Netherlands competes during the Women's H4-5 Time Trial at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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1 September 12:11 (JST): In his own words

ZHU Dening of People's Republic of China reacts after winning gold in the men's long jump T38:

I was thinking of my country when standing on the podium because without China's influence I wouldn't have been standing there at all.

1 September 12:10 (JST): Cycling road winners in men's H1-2 and H5

Two Dutch riders landed on the podium today in the H5 class - the first cycling road that took place this am at 930 (JST). Mitch Valize crossed the finish line at 2:24:30 to clinch gold, whilst teammate Tim de Vries claimed bronze at 2:24:40. In between them is France's Loic Vergnaud who took silver.

In H1-2, European riders made a clean sweep of the podium: French rider Florian Jouanny took gold after clocking in a time of 1:49:36, followed by Italy's Luca Mazzone at 1:53:45, just 4.07 seconds after Jouanny, whilst Spain's Sergio Garrote Munoz clinched bronze less than a minute after Mazzone.

1 September 12:00 (JST): Athletics morning round up

Congratulations to all our gold medal winners in the athletics morning session.

Men's
Saeid Afrooz (Islamic Republic of Iran) - javelin throw F34 (world record)
ZHU Dening (PR China) - long jump T38
Greg Stewart (Canada) - shot put F46
Andrei Vdovin (RPC) - 400m T37

Women's
Raoua Tlili - discus throw F41

For a full list of winners, click here.

Athletics will return to action tonight at 19:00 JST.

1 September 12:08 (JST): First shooting gold medal of the day

Natascha Hiltrop of Germany won gold during a shootout in the mixed 10m air rifle SH1. She achieved a total score of 253.1 to land her on the top of the podium. This is the first gold medal for the 29-year-old German shooter who came in second place back in Rio in the same event.

Meanwhile Republic of Korea's PARK Jinho clinched silver after a total score of 253.0 whilst Ukraine's Iryna Shchetnik came away with bronze.

TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 01: Greg Stewart of Team Canada competes in the Men's Shot PUt - F46 Final on day 8 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 01: Greg Stewart of Team Canada competes in the Men's Shot PUt - F46 Final on day 8 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
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TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 01: Saeid Afrooz of Team Iran reacts after winning the gold medal and breaking the world record in the Men's Javelin Throw - F34 Final on day 8 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 01: Saeid Afrooz of Team Iran reacts after winning the gold medal and breaking the world record in the Men's Javelin Throw - F34 Final on day 8 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
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1 September 10:46 (JST): ZHU Dening jumps to a new world record

People's Republic of China's ZHU Dening broke a world record after leaping a 7.31m distance, which secured him a gold medal in the long jump T38 class event. But he isn't the only one going on top of the podium. Teammate ZHONG Huanghao leaped to 6.80m to claim silver. Meanwhile Colombia's Jose Greogorio Lemos Rivas snagged a bronze after his 6.53 jump.

TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 01: Zhu Dening of Team China celebrates winning the gold medal with new world record in the Men's Long Jump T-38 on day 8 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 01: Zhu Dening of Team China celebrates winning the gold medal with new world record in the Men's Long Jump T-38 on day 8 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on September 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
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1 September 10:46 (JST): New world record in men's track and field

RPC's Andrei Vdovin smashed his own world record after crossing the finish line at 49.34 in the men's 400 T37. USA's Nick Mayhugh followed at 50.26, an area record whilst Vdovin's teammate Chermen Kobesov achieved a personal best at 50.44.

1 September 10:30 (JST): Raoua Tlili is on fire

The Tunisian athlete broke a world record not once but twice after registering a 37.91 distance. This is the sixth gold medal of her career and second in discus throw.

Congratulations!

1 September 10:20 (JST): New world record in swimming

Germany's Taliso Engel has beaten the men's 100m breaststroke SB13 world record that has stood since 2013. The 19-year-old touched in a 1:03.52 during his heat this morning.

1 September 10:15 (JST): New world record in Athletics

Raoua Tlili had broken the women's discus F41 world record with her second attempt (35.58m) before Morroco's Youssra Karim stepped up to throw a mammoth 37.35m to put herself into the lead.

Will we see the world record broken again? There are still three attempts left

1 September 9:53 (JST): Get to know Cycling Road

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1 September 9:35 (JST): Boccia, Athletics, Shooting and Cycling Road begin

The Cycling Road action is back on at Fuji International Speedway with action in the Road race.

Meanwhile back in Tokyo, the Olympic Stadium will feature five medal events this morning in the athletics with the men's javelin throw F34 the first one to begin. Then over at Ariake Gymnastics Centre the first medal matches in boccia are officially underway.

1 September 9:19 (JST): In case you missed it...

Did you miss out on the excitement of yesterday or just want to catch up on what went down? Make sure to check Day 7 Highlights blog and wrap up.

1 September 9:00 (JST): Good morning Day 8!

An action-packed day 8 is already underway at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Let's take you through this morning's proceedings.

Archery kicks off at 9:00 (JST) with elimination rounds the women's W1 before it heads to the bronze medal and gold medal match at 11:00 am.

Athletics start off with a medal matches at 9:30 (JST) in men's javelin throw F34 followed by discus throw F41 and men's long jump T38, shot put final F46 and men's 400m T37 finals all happening in the morning, plus more medal events restarting from 19:00 JST onwards.

Boccia goes into a series of gold and bronze medal matches in the BC1, BC2, BC3, BC4 category - all happening in the morning.

Cycling Road kicks us off early this morning at Fuji International Speedway with the men's and woman's road race. There will be six medal events in the road race until mid-afternoon.

Don't forget the heats in the swimming at Tokyo Aquatics Centre and the table tennis semis starting at 10:00 JST.

We also have several more events beginning throughout the day so sit back and relax as we take you through Day 8 of action at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.