Jessica Long adds 16th Paralympic gold medal to the stack in final race at Tokyo 2020

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games - Swimming - Women's 100m Butterfly - S8 Final - Tokyo Aquatics Centre, Tokyo, Japan - September 3, 2021. Jessica Long of the United States celebrates after winning gold REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games - Swimming - Women's 100m Butterfly - S8 Final - Tokyo Aquatics Centre, Tokyo, Japan - September 3, 2021. Jessica Long of the United States celebrates after winning gold REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

The USA swim star claimed a 16th gold and a 29th Paralympic medal overall by winning the women's 100m butterfly S8 in Tokyo. She finishes her fifth Paralympic Games with six medals.

There's simply no stopping Jessica Long.

The American Para swimmer stormed to her her sixth medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in the women’s 100m butterfly S8 final dominating the pool on Friday 3 September.

Long sent out a warning in qualification with the fastest time of 1:09.78 then clocked 1:09.87 in the final to claim her 16th Paralympic Games gold medal.

It never looked in doubt as Long sprang off the boards and went straight into the lead with a fizzing 0.51 reaction time, only ROC athlete Viktoriia Ishchiulova could stay close but wasn't able to reel in the USA flyer.

Ishchiulova clocked 1:10.80 to claim silver and Colombia's Laura Gonzalez Rodriguez was third in 1:20.93.

Long made her Games debut in Athens at 12 years old, she's now 29 and the most decorated active Paralympian having claimed 29 medals across five Games.

Six of them have come here in Japan: Gold in the women's 200m individual medley SM8, the 4x100m medley relay and today's 100m butterfly S8, silver in the 100m free S8 and the 100m breast SB7, and bronze in the 100m backstroke S8.

It's a complete collection for one of the greatest swimmers of all time, and she looks determined to add to it with Paris 2024 just three years away.

For a full list of her results at the Games click here.

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