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USA's wheelchair basketball team become back-to-back champions for the first time since Toronto 1976

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USA men’s wheelchair basketball team successfully defend their Paralympic gold medal from Rio and become back-to-back champions for the first time since Toronto 1976


USA’s wheelchair basketball team defended their Paralympic gold medal from Rio 2016 after beating the host nation Japan 64-60 at Tokyo 2020.  

As a result of their triumph over Japan, the United States have become back-to-back Paralympic champions for the first time since Toronto 1976. 

Team USA’s captain Steve Serio has referred to their victory as a ‘storybook ending’ and claimed it was the team’s ‘belief in each other’ that got them over the line. 

USA's wheelchair basketball team defended their Paralympic gold medal from Rio 2016

USA’s wheelchair basketball team defended their Paralympic gold medal from Rio 2016

The four-time Paralympian, Serio, said: ‘Japan was the Cinderella story of this tournament but you couldn’t ask for a more storybook ending for us. 

‘We were up against a great team, in their home country, their home stadium, and we had a performance like this.’

Speaking specifically about his team-mates, Serio added: ‘This team is just so resilient. We’ve been waiting five years for this opportunity, ever since Rio (2016).

‘With everything that’s gone on in the last 18 months we knew it was going to be a challenge. We’ve stuck together from day one and we believe in each other.

‘I’m so proud of this group, I’m so proud of this team. We accomplished what we set out to accomplish from day one.’

They beat the hosts Japan 64-60 at Tokyo to secure their place as back-to-back champions

They beat the hosts Japan 64-60 at Tokyo to secure their place as back-to-back champions

Team USA's captain Steve Serio (above) has referred to their victory as a'storybook ending'

Team USA’s captain Steve Serio (above) has referred to their victory as a ‘storybook ending’

He also reflected on what it meant to him to captain the team, having said:  ‘It’s been the greatest honour of my career to say that I can lead Team USA.

‘This is a special group, down to every player, down to the staff that we have, and the people supporting us behind the scenes.’   

Team USA added another gold to its medal tally Saturday night after defeating China in the women’s sitting volleyball final. 

The victory has seen them defend their title from the Rio Paralympic Games and medal in every single Paralympics in which they have competed in sitting volleyball.

It was Heather Erickson, Monique Matthews and Kathryn Holloway who were deemed as the stars of the match after providing a combined total of 60 points. 

US added another gold to its medal tally after defeating China in the women's sitting volleyball

US added another gold to its medal tally after defeating China in the women’s sitting volleyball

Meanwhile, Daniel Romanchuk claimed a bronze medal in the men's T54 marathon with a time of 1:29:05 (above). Romanchuk also a gold medal in the men's 400m T54 final

Meanwhile, Daniel Romanchuk claimed a bronze medal in the men’s T54 marathon with a time of 1:29:05 (above). Romanchuk also a gold medal in the men’s 400m T54 final

Meanwhile, Daniel Romanchuk claimed a bronze medal in the men’s T54 marathon with a time of 1:29:05. As a result, he became the first American man to medal in a Paralympic marathon since Michael Keohane in 2000.

Romanchuk also picked up more silverware in the men’s 400m T54 final – walking away with a gold medal after beating Athiwat Paeng-Nuea by 0.01 seconds. 

As a result, the US are sitting third in the medal tally – behind China and Great Britain. 

As it stands, the USA have 37 gold medals, 36 silver medal and 31 bronze medals from the Toyko Games.  

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