25.08.2021, 13:38

Australian cyclist Paige Greco wins first gold of Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

 
Australian cyclist Paige Greco wins first gold of Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

Paige Greco celebrates clinching Australia's first gold at the Paralympics in Tokyo on August 25. (Photo: OIS/IOC)   

Australian cyclist Paige Greco became the first Tokyo 2020 Paralympic gold medallist after winning the women's 3,000m individual pursuit at the Izu Velodrome on August 25.


The 24-year-old even set a world record time of 3 minutes, 50.815 seconds.

The Australian sped along with an average speed of 46.791 to prevail ahead of Chinese Wang Xiaomei and German Denise Schlinder, who came in second and third, respectively.

Poor start for Vietnam at Tokyo 2020

The Vietnamese Paralympic contingent produced a poor start to their Tokyo 2020 campaign as para-swimmers Trinh Thi Bich Nhu and Vo Thanh Tung could not qualify for the final stage of their first two events at the Games.

Specifically, Bich Nhu finished last in the women’s 50m freestyle S6 Heat 2 with a time of 39.14 seconds, 5.63 seconds behind heat leader Yelyzaveta Mereshko (Ukraine), who ranked second in the Heats round.


The result of the women’s 50m freestyle S6 Heat 2.

Thanh Tung suffered a similar fate in the men’s 200m freestyle S5 Heat 2 clocking a time of 3 minutes, 14.11 seconds.


The result of the men’s 200m freestyle S5 Heat 2.

Tung will have the chance to redeem himself in the coming days as he is going to feature in the 100m freestyle S5 (Aug. 26), 50m butterfly S5 (Aug. 27), 50m backstroke S5 (Aug. 30), and 50m freestyle S5 (Sep. 1).

Meanwhile, Bich Nhu will continue her Paralympic medal hunt in the 200m medley SM6 tomorrow (Aug. 26), 100m breaststroke SB5 (Aug. 28) and 50m butterfly S6 (Aug. 30).

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