Brazil closes participation in Paralympics in seventh place in medal tally

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On the last day of the Tokyo-2020 controversy, Brazil managed to equal the record for medals won in an edition of the Paralympics, with Alex Pires’ silver in the marathon. With this podium, Brazil jumps to 72, as well as in Rio, and closes in seventh place on the medal table, as well as in London. But the Brazilian athletes had already surpassed the gold record (which was in London), making the campaign in Tokyo the best in history. See how the competition went on the last day of the Paralympic Games.


Alex Pires won the 72nd Brazilian medal in Tokyo. The runner finished the men’s marathon T46 (Athlete with Disabilities in the Upper Limbs) in second place with 2h27min00s. He also repeated the gesture of Vanderli Cordeiro de Lima in Athens-2004 and crossed the finish line imitating a plane. The gold went to the Chinese Chaoyan Li and the bronze to the Japanese Tsutomu Nagata.

Brazil had two representatives in the T12 marathon (blind or low vision athlete): Adnessa Santos was fourth and Adeline Teixeira Boaventura, who actually belonged to the T11 class (completely blind), was seventh.

Vanessa Christina finished 12th in the women’s T54 marathon (in a wheelchair with a back injury). Brazil finished the race 13 minutes behind first-placed Madison de Rosario with a time of 1min51s12. The owner of two gold medals in the 1500m and 5000m T11, Yeltsin Jacques skipped the men’s marathon T12. Brazil abandoned the 21 km race soon after completing the halfway mark.


brazilian Victor Tavares Was defeated by the British in the bronze decision in the category SH6 (midget athlete) of badminton Kristen Combs, from 2 games to 1. He was very close to securing the Paralympic medal record for Brazil, but overtook the comeback with partials of 11/21, 10/21 and 16/21. The only Brazilian representative in the mod, Tavares finished his participation in Tokyo in fourth place.

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wheelchair basketball

Japan was close, but lost in a very balanced game, 64–60 by the United States in the men’s final. This is the 22nd American Paralympic medal in the sport, the 13th gold, while the silver was the first Japanese medal in the sport at the Paralympics. The bronze was from Great Britain.

sitting volley

Another team sport in which the United States was on top of the podium was the final disputed and won 3 to 1 by the Americans against China in women’s seated volleyball. The American, the Brazilians’ suffering in the semi-finals, was never spared of the podium in a modal version. The previous morning Brazil had won the bronze medal by defeating Canada 3 sets to 1.

perfect condition

Even Brazil managed to finish seventh in the medal tally without securing any more gold on the final day. Australia, the only candidate to take the position, also did not receive any further gold, neither in the marathon nor in sport shooting, and was left behind. In this way Brazil repeated the country’s best landmark London-2012 at the Paralympic Games.


297 people associated with the Paralympics Tested positive for coronavirus since the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) began releasing the balance on 12 August. Most of those infected were Japanese residents or workers, although some athletes also tested positive. The IPC assesses that with Japan’s poor position in the pandemic, Tokyo and other cities breaking records in cases, this did not affect the receipt of the Games.

About the author: Sarah Gracie

Sarahis a reporter covering Amazon. She previously covered tech and transportation, and she broke stories on Uber's finances, self-driving car program, and cultural crisis. Before that, she covered cybersecurity in finance. Sarah's work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Politico, and the Houston Chronicle.

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