The Hong Kong team has wrapped up the Tokyo Paralympics with five medals after two badminton players clinched a silver and a bronze on the final day.
The Paralympic Games officially ended on Sunday as Japan hosted a vibrant closing ceremony in the National Stadium. Badminton player Chu Man-kai carried the Hong Kong flag across the arena after the 30-year-old bagged a silver in the SH6 Men’s Singles event.
In a thrilling final against India’s Krishna Nagar, Chu lost the first set 17-21 but stayed in the running by taking the second set, 21-16. The Hongkonger eventually settled for silver after he was bested 17-21 in the last set.
Another Hong Kong para badminton player, Daniel Chan Ho-yuen, clinched bronze in the WH2 Men’s Singles event by defeating Kim Kyung Hoon of South Korea. The 36-year-old sealed the match in 55 minutes by winning in straight sets, 24-22 and 21-10.
The medals for Chu and Chan marked a historic victory for the city, as it was the first time for badminton to be included in the Paralympics.
“To be able to represent Hong Kong as the flag bearer after winning a medal was indeed a perfect end to this Paralympics journey. I hope I can meet everyone again in the next Paralympic Games,” Chu said.
The next para games will be held in Paris in 2024.
The Hong Kong delegation – with 24 athletes competing in eight sports – won a total of two silver and three bronze medals in Tokyo. The city claimed a silver in the mixed pairs boccia team event, a bronze in the boccia mixed individual BC4 event and another bronze in the table tennis class 11 women’s singles event.
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