Paralympics: Thrilling sprint finish sees Kendall Gretsch beat Lauren Parker to tape
The USA's Kendall Gretsch and Australia's Lauren Parker battle for gold at Tokyo 202 with Gretsch winning just winning by a hair. (Photo: OIS)
Kendall Gretsch can now claim to be the queen on land, water and snow, as the US Para athlete captured the women’s triathlon PTWC gold in exhilarating fashion on Sunday (August 29) at Tokyo 2020.
Gretsch showcased her Nordic skiing arms to overtake Australia's Lauren Parker at the finish line tape to win by one second on the last day of Para triathlon action at Odaiba Marine Park. This is Gretsch's first gold medal in a Summer Games after having already won two gold medals in skiing at Pyeongchang 2018. Meanwhile, this is also the first Paralympic medal for Lauren Parker. Eva Maria Pedral Pedrero of Spain claimed bronze after crossing the finish line eight seconds later.
Jetze Platt won gold in the men's triathlon PTWC after leading the race throughout and crossed the finish line first with a time of 57:51. Meanwhile, Austria's Florian Brungraber overtook Italian Giovanni Achenza to grab silver whilst the Italian claimed bronze.
Germany's Martin Schulz became a back-to-back Paralympic champion, finding an extra gear in the last 2km of the run during the men's triathlon PTS5 to take the lead from Great Britain's George Peasgood (silver), with Canada's Daniel Stefan giving everything he had to hold onto the bronze medal.
Great Britain's Lauren Steadman clinched Paralympic gold in the women's PTS5. USA's Grace Norman, the defending champion, took silver while Claire Cashmore crossed third for bronze.
Great Britain's Hannah Cockroft beat her own world record to clinch gold in the women's 100m T34 final. The five-time Paralympic champion crossed in a time of 16.39 seconds. Fellow Briton Kare Adenegan took silver while Robyn Lambird of Australia claimed bronze
Reigning Paralympic champion Yao Juan eclipsed all competition after making her best throw at 44.73 in her sixth attempt to clinch gold. This is Yao's second gold medal at the event, but her fourth gold medal over a career spanning two decades.
Other gold medallists in athletics on the morning of August 29 included Oksana Zubkovska (Ukraine) - Women's Long Jump T12; Elvin Astanov (Azerbaijan) - Men's Shot Put F53; Denis Gnezdilov (RPC) - Men's Shot Put F40; and Shi Yiting (China) - Women's 200m T36.
Ukraine's Roman Polianskyi held on to crown after defeating rival Erik Horrie (AUS) in the PR1 men's single sculls. This is Polianskyi's second gold medal at the Paralympic Games.
Birgit Lovise Roekkum Skarstein blitzed the field to win gold in the PR1 women's single sculls final ahead of Israel's Moran Samuel and French rower Nathalie Benoit. This is Norway’s first gold at Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
Team Great Britain snatched two additional goal medals in the PR2 mixed double sculls - Pr2Mix2x and the Mixed coxed four - PR3Mix4.
Valentin won the first table tennis gold medal of the day after beating reigning champion Cao Ningning 3-2 in the men's single class 5. CAO who won gold back in Rio now settled for silver.
Bhavina Patel had a stellar campaign at Tokyo 2020 and was also spectacular during the finals against China's Zhou Ying. Whilst the Chinese athlete dominated three of the rounds, Patel put up a fight all throughout to win India's first ever medal in table tennis at the Paralympics.
Host nation Japan dazzled in their opening match today against France by beating them 4-0. It's a disappointing loss for London 2012 silver medallists France who's out at Tokyo 2020 for redemption after failing to qualify at Rio.
Source: Tokyo 2020
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