As fast on the road as she is on the snow! Former Nordic ski ace Oksana Masters wins her TENTH career Paralympics medal as the Team USA star roars to victory in the women’s road race for second Tokyo gold
- Oksana Masters dominated the road race to win a tenth Paralympics medal
- The Ukrainian-born American is a medal winner at summer and winter Games
- She had previously won the women’s time trial gold 24 hours earlier in Tokyo
Oksana Masters took her Paralympics career medal total to 10 after victory in the women’s H5 road race won her a second gold in 24 hours.
The 32-year-old Ukrainian-born American has previously won medals for rowing as well as Nordic Skiing but is now a medal winner at both the summer and winter Games.
Having picked up a skill for hand cycling Masters, who was born with one kidney, a partial stomach, six toes on each foot and webbed fingers on each thumbless hand, now has two gold medals to show for her trip to Japan with the road race adding to the time trial from Tuesday.
Oksana Masters held the American flag as she celebrated winning a tenth Paralympics medal
The 32-year-old dominated the field to win the gold medal in the women’s H5 road race
Twenty-eight athletes have won at both summer and winter Games but Masters has shown incredible versatility and dominance for Team USA.
In the road race she dominated the field to take gold with China’s Sun Bianbian claiming silver and Italy’s Katia Aere taking bronze.
Masters personal career medal total now stands at 10, this being her fourth gold medal, but the focus is more on legacy than the number of medals.
‘It’s not about the medals,’ she said on Tuesday, as per ESPN.
‘It’s not about anything else except leaving a legacy, being one example for that young girl to see.’
Masters wants to provide a legacy to fellow amputees that they can go and achieve greatness
The Ukrainian-born American previously competed in Nordic skiing at the Winter Games
Masters was put up for adoption as a young child with her disabilities linked to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster three years before she was born.
Her story saw her grow up in three different orphanages before Gay Masters, a single American woman, adopted her aged seven and brought her to the United States.
Masters is a double amputee who competes in the H5 division of cycling events.
The H stands for hand-cyclists and athletes competing in that division use bikes that have been designed to be used in a kneeling or sitting position.
Elsewhere there was a silver medal for Nick Mayhugh in the men’s T37 400m.
Mayhugh ran a time of 50.26 seconds but looked out of medal contention approaching the home straight when he was down in fifth position.
There was frustration for Team USA sprinter Nick Mayhugh as he took silver in the 400m
Having won gold in the 100m Mayhugh looked disappointed with his 400m performance
He gathered momentum to close the distance for silver and his time set a new American record.
Russian Paralympic Committee sprinter Andrey Vdovin claimed gold and set a new world record in the process with a time of 49.34 seconds.
Silver in the T37 400m adds to Mayhugh’s gold medal display in the 100m last week in which he broke the world record.
The 25-year-old sprinter will compete in the 200m as well as the 4x100m relay, both of which are on Friday, as he looks to leave Japan with medals from all four events.