Sun. Sep 19th, 2021

The Tokyo Paralympics ended on Sunday with a spectacular closing ceremony as China finished the Games top of the medals table by a huge distance.

The Paralympics has been held without fans and under strict coronavirus protocols, just like the Olympics in the Japanese capital in July and August.

China racked up 96 gold and 207 medals in total, followed by Great Britain with 41 gold and 124 medals in total.

The U.S were third with 37 gold and 104 medals in total, ahead of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) with 36 and 118.

Russia was not allowed to compete as a nation due to doping-related sanctions, and the Russian para-athletes who had no doping offences were allowed to compete under the RPC flag.

China, which next hosts the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in February and March next year in Beijing, lost out to the U.S in the medals table at the Tokyo Olympics.

The Paralympics closing ceremony at the National Stadium in Tokyo had fireworks, video montages, light shows and modern music.

Japanese Crown Prince Akishino was in attendance.

The athletes’ parade included the two Afghan Paralympians who managed to reach Tokyo late after fleeing the Taliban takeover of their country.

Otherwise, only select members of teams were allowed at the ceremony due to COVID-19 rules.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) president Andrew Parsons later handed over the Paralympic flag to the Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo ahead of the 2024 Summer Games in the French capital.

A crowd in Paris then partied beneath the Eiffel Tower while Parsons and Games chief Seiko Hashimoto delivered final addresses in Tokyo.

“It’s been wonderful to see each venue full of smiles,” Hashimoto said, adding that the difficulties holding the event during the pandemic made it extra special.

“I’m very proud of this wonderful (organising) team. Thank you very much.

“I’m so glad we hosted the Olympic and Paralympic Games. I believe in the value they bring.”

Parsons declared the Games over, adding: “What a journey, what sport, what a Games. Together against the odds we did it.

“To the people of Japan, you made this possible,” he said before the Paralympic flame was extinguished.

Below is the Games’ final medals table:

RankCountryGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1China966051207
2Great Britain413845124
3USA373631104
4RPC363349118
5Netherlands25171759
6Ukraine24472798
7Brazil22203072
8Australia21293080
9Italy14292669
10Azerbaijan141419
11Japan13152351
12Germany13121843
13Islamic Republic of Iran1211124
14France11152854
15Spain9151236
16Uzbekistan85619
17Poland761225
18Hungary75416
19Switzerland74314
20Mexico721322
21New Zealand63312
22Israel6219
23Canada510621
24India58619
25Thailand55818
26Slovakia52411
27Belarus5117
28Tunisia45211
29Algeria44412
30Morocco44311
31Belgium43815
32Ireland4217
33Nigeria41510
34South Africa4127
35Cuba4116
36Jordan4015
37Colombia371424
38Venezuela3227
39Malaysia3205
40Denmark3115
41Republic of Korea2101224
42Turkey24915
43Indonesia2349
44Czech Republic2338
45Chile2316
45Serbia2316
47Norway2024
48Singapore2002
49Austria1539
50Sweden1528
51Greece13711
52Finland1315
52Kazakhstan1315
54United Arab Emirates1113
55Costa Rica1102
56Ecuador1023
57Cyprus1012
57Sri Lanka1012
59Ethiopia1001
59Mongolia1001
59Pakistan1001
59Peru1001
63Argentina0549
64Egypt0527
65Croatia0347
66Latvia0325
67Georgia0303
68Hong Kong, China0235
69Bulgaria0202
70Iraq0123
71Kuwait0112
71Namibia0112
71Romania0112
71Slovenia0112
75Vietnam0101
76Lithuania0033
77Portugal0022
78Bosnia and Herzegovina0011
78El Salvador0011
78Kenya0011
78Saudi Arabia0011
78Montenegro0011
78Oman0011
78Qatar0011
78Chinese Taipei0011
78Uganda0011

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