ParalympicsGB win two more bronze medals on final day of Tokyo Games with the men’s wheelchair basketball team winning their third-place play-off and Krysten Coombs getting onto the podium in the men’s SH6 badminton
- ParalympicsGB took two more bronze medals on the final day of the Games
- The men’s wheelchair basketball team won their third-place play-off
- Krysten Coombs came from a game down to win bronze in the men’s badminton
- ParalympicsGB finish with 41 gold, 38 silver and 45 bronze medals in Tokyo
- They finish second in the medals table ahead of the USA and behind China
Bronze for Great Britain in basketball and badminton brought down the curtain on a medal-laden campaign at the Tokyo Paralympics.
ParalympicsGB finished as runners-up in the overall table for the second successive Games following a total of 124 podium places: 41 gold, 38 silver and 45 bronze.
The men’s wheelchair basketball team clinched the country’s penultimate medal in Japan by defeating Spain 68-58 in their third-place play-off.
The men’s wheelchair basketball team took bronze by defeating Spain in their play-off game
Gaz Choudhry was once again GB’s top scorer, registering 19 points, with Terry Bywater adding 14.
Krysten Coombs then took the final medal in the badminton.
He bounced back from Saturday’s semi-final loss to second seed Krishna Nagar by coming from a game down to beat Brazil’s Vitor Goncalves Tavares 12-21 21-10 21-16 in the SH6 bronze medal match.
Krysten Coombs came from behind to claim bronze in the men’s singles SH6 badminton
1. China – 96 gold, 69 silver, 51 bronze (207 total)
2. Great Britain – 41 gold, 38 silver, 45 bronze (124 total)
3. USA – 37 gold, 36 silver, 31 bronze (104 total)
Earlier, six-time Paralympic gold medallist David Weir finished fifth in the men’s T54 marathon in a season’s best time of one hour, 29 minutes and 45 seconds.
Fellow Briton Johnboy Smith was 10th in 1:32:25, while compatriot Derek Rae crossed the line ninth in the T46 race in 2:47:04.
Switzerland’s Marcel Hug won the T54 event in a time of 1:24:02, 20 seconds ahead of Chinese athlete Zhang Yong, with American Daniel Romanchuk third.
Weir said: ‘I’ve gone under 1:30 which I haven’t done for a few years, so I’m pleased with that.
‘I knew it would be quick at the front but I am disappointed because I thought I was going to get a bronze medal today.
‘But I tried my best, it just wasn’t quite enough.
‘Credit to them, they (top three) were on another level.’