With just three days left in the Paralympic Game,s Friday saw the number of medals awarded ramp up, with the conclusion of wheelchair basketball and wheelchair fencing.
The road races continued on Friday, moving in to the ‘C’ classifications for athletes who use a standard bicycle. The top three in the C-1-2-3 classification all finished with the same time but it was American Jamie Whitmore who won it on the line ahead of China’s Sini Zeng and German Denise Schindler.
The T1-2 race was easily won by Australian Carol Cooke, who finished in 1:07:51, 17 seconds ahead of American Jill Walsh, after finishing the first lap in fifth.
Heats continued to produce records in the pool, the first to Stephanie Millward who swam 30.82 in the 50m freestyle S8, just one one hundredth of a second ahead of Australian Maddison Elliot, to set a new Paralympic record. Another Chinese world record fell in the 50m backstroke S4 hears as Jiao Cheng easily swam the fastest time of 47.68.
American McKenzie Coan won her third gold medal of the Rio 2016 Paralympic games as she claimed the 100m freestyle S7. Not far behind her was her teammate Cortney Jordan who won her third silver of the Games.
There was another multiple medalist in the 100m backstroke S9 as Australian Ellie Cole won in a new Paralympic record of 1:09.18. Australia managed a 1-2 finish in the 50m freestyle S8, with Maddison Elliott winning gold in a new world record time of 29.73 while Lakesha Patterson finished just behind in 30.13.
Jiao Cheng and Yue Deng added to China’s haul of medals, with Cheng winning her third gold, as the two managed a 1-2 finish in the 50m backstroke S4 with Cheng well in front in 48.11. Dutch swimmer Lisette Bruinsma easily won the 200m IM SM11 in a time of 2:49.87.
Anna Stesenko won her second gold of the Games, claiming the 100m freestyle S13 in a time of 59.19, just ahead of American Rebecca Meyers. Teresa Perales managed to claim the win in the 50m backstroke S5 in 43.03 with Czech Bela Tebinova just behind.
Great Britain took advantage of using an S10 swimmer in the opening leg of the 4x100m medley relay 34 points to build out a lead. Australia came back and even lead for periods but Britain managed to do enough for the win in 4:45.23, with Australia in silver in 4:45.85.
Track and Field
Another Paralympic record got the day off to a great start as Barbara Nieweiedzial of Poland easily won gold in the 1500m T20 with a time of 4:24.37 for the record. American Deja Young won the next medal on the track, the 200m T45/46/47 in 25.46.
Home fans were delighted with the first event in the field as there were two Brazilian medalists in the Long Jump T11. Silvania Costa De Oliveira won gold with a 4.98m leap while teammate Lorena Salvatini Spoladore was third with 4.71, between the two Brazilians was Ivorian Fatima Bigitte Diasso in 4.89m, a personal best.
China won the first gold of the evening session as Cuiqing Liu completed her set of medals, claiming gold in the 400m T11, the only runner under 57 seconds. Hannah Cockroft managed her third gold of the Games, this time in the 800m T34, winning in 2:00.62.
Netherlands had no troubles at all in claiming the bronze medal as they dominated Great Britain from the opening tip off and easily won the bronze 76-34, with Mariska Beijer managing 21 points.
The individual compound competition took place on Friday with a number of tight matches to entertain the fans. That was highlighted in the bronze medal match with Mi Soon Kim sitting two points behind she took the lead in the penultimate set before wrapping up the 140-138 win over Iranian Somayeh Abbaspour.
The all Chinese affair for gold was even tighter, with a dramatic finish to give gold to Jiamin Zhou. Zhou took the lead in the second set before adding to it in the third, requiring Yueshan Lin to score two more in the final set, but because Zhou had more set wins, she claimed the gold medal ahead of her teammate.
Home fans were left disappointed as the United States beat Brazil in the bronze medal match. It was a thrilling match, with USA winning 3-2, Jen Armbruster scoring all three goals, the US had a strong lead and managed to hold off a late Brazil come back.
Turkey followed through from their big semifinal as they won the gold medal match, beating China 4-1. Again it was Sevda Altuoluk who was the main scorer for the Turkish side, scoring three of those four goals.
The hopes of a dramatic all Dutch doubles final were dashed fairly quickly as the two singles finalists easily won in straight sets. Jiske Griffioen and Aniek Van Koot cruised past their teammates winning 6-4, 6-2.
China easily won through to the team foil final, losing only four bouts on its way to a 45-37 win against Italy. The other semifinal was much tougher, with Hungary shooting out to an early lead, but Hong Kong staging a comeback, Hungary again took charge and Hong Kong’s final comeback was just short, as they fell 41-40.
China claimed the gold medal even easier than they won their semifinal as they simply tore apart the Hungarians. China won all but two of the bouts, claiming a huge 45-28 victory to claim the last Wheelchair Fencing gold of the Rio Paralympics.
China easily won another gold medal as they beat Croatia in two matches to take the win in the Class 1-3 gold medal match, only dropping one match. Korea claimed the bronze in a much tighter battle with Italy winning the opening match but Korea coming back and winning 3-0, 3-2 in the last two matches to claim the bronze medal.