USA Tokyo Paralympics: medal count and final results
The curtain came down on the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics with China, Great Britain and the United States topping the medal ranking.
The curtain came down on the 16th Summer Paralympics with Tokyo hosting the games for the second time after staging the event in 1964.
Thoughts now turn to Paris 2024 with games in the French capital just three years away after the delayed 2020 games taking place in 2021.
Paris 2024 CEO Etienne Thobois praised Tokyo on Friday for its "remarkable" ability to pull off the Olympics amid the pandemic and said Paris was ready to take the baton as it prepares to stage the Games in three years' time.
Thobois told reporters that Paris organisers would be as ready as possible to face whatever challenges come their way to deliver a successful games.
"My first reaction (about holding the Games during the pandemic) is that we need to thank our Japanese friends, to be able to pull that off in this particular situation is kind of amazing, it's a remarkable achievement," said Thobois, who was visiting Tokyo for the Paralympics.
たくさんの感動をありがとうございました— Paris 2024 (@Paris2024) September 5, 2021
Thanks @tokyo2020 for this incredible summer ✨
Merci #Tokyo2020 pour cet été incroyable.
Les Jeux Paralympiques nous ont fait vibrer, on a déjà hâte de les retrouver.#Tokyo2020 #Paris2024 #Paralympics pic.twitter.com/xveSaylwcX
"They had to cope with it, and they did a fantastic job. Obviously we hope that in three years from now, this will be behind us, or not in the same level of worries. But definitely we learned from that," he said.
Tokyo medal count
China were the top nation at the Paralympics with a total of 207 medals of which 96 were gold. The US followed Britain in third place with a total medal count of 104: 37 gold, 36 silver and 31 bronze medals. The US performed well in swimming securing a total of 35 medals in the water with 15 golds along with 10 silver and bronze medals.
The #TokyoParalympics received more coverage than ever.— Team USA (@TeamUSA) September 5, 2021
29x Paralympic medalist @JessicaLong has seen the Paralympic Movement evolve since her first time participating in Athens at 12 years old. #ClosingCeremony pic.twitter.com/V5yetSPsUv
Am impressive 41 medal haul was also secured in athletics with 10 golds including a win for the 4 x 100m team. Complimenting the ten golds in track and field were 17 silvers and 14 bronze medals.
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