Great Britain made a strong start to day 11 of the Tokyo Paralympics, winning more para-canoeing gold through Laura Sugar in the KL3 event and Charlotte Henshaw in the KL2, with Emma Wiggs taking silver following her own title on day 10. Stuart Wood won bronze in the 200m VL3 para-canoeing event.
Meanwhile, Jordanne Whiley and Lucy Shuker came up short in their quest for wheelchair tennis doubles gold against the Netherlands, losing their final after Hannah Cockroft triumphed in the T34 800m for her seventh Paralympic title. Kare Adenegan won silver behind Cockroft. Men’s tennis doubles partners Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett faced off against one another in the singles bronze-medal match, with the former triumphing and refusing to celebrate.
Elsewhere, Dan Bethell lost his badminton SL3 singles final but claimed silver for Great Britain. Aled Sion Davies won a third Paralympic gold in the F63 shot put to retain his title, and Kadeena Cox came fourth in the women’s T38 400m final.
On day 10, GB won three gold medals and passed the 100-medal mark in Tokyo. Reid and Hewett came agonisingly close to winning their first Paralympics gold medal in the wheelchair tennis doubles but were defeated by France 7-5, 0-6, 7-6 (7-3) in a thrilling final. Owen Miller won a surprise gold in the men’s 1500m T20 on his Paralympics debut, then further success in the Olympic Stadium as Jonathan Broom-Edwards won gold in the men’s high jump T64 and Hannah Taunton claimed bronze in the women’s 1500m T20 in wet conditions in Tokyo. Elsewhere, Wiggs won ParalympicsGB’s first gold in the VL2 discipline of para-canoe, while teammate Jeanette Chippington claimed bronze in the same event.
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The cauldron inside the Olympic Stadium closes on itself for the final time as the Paralympic flame is extinguished - that brings an end to the closing ceremony.
Paralympics closing ceremony
Prince Harry was featured in the IPC’s ‘We the 15’ video, which reaffirms their push for inclusivity and change following the completion of the Paralympic Games.
A special and emotional rendition of ‘What a Wonderful World’ is then performed in the Olympic Stadium, as we prepare to extinguish the Paralympic flame.
Paralympics closing ceremony: Games declared closed
Parsons concludes his speech by declaring the Paralympic Games officially closed.
Paralympics closing ceremony: Speeches underway
Tokyo 2020 Seiko Hashimoto is the first to speak and thanks the athletes for “filling stadiums with smiles”.
She adds: “Change starts with awareness. We’re determined to build a diverse and inclusive future where people recognise and support each other’s differences free from discrimination or barriers of any kind.”
IPC president Andrew Parsons begins his closing speech by thanking Japan. “Together, against the odds, we did it. You, the people of Japan, made this possible.” He declares his “immense gratitude” to the organisers of the Games.
Parsons then says the Tokyo Paralympics has seen athletes celebrate their differences, and reaffirms his commitment to pushing for increased inclusivity for the 15 per cent of the world’s population who have a disability.
Paralympics closing ceremony: Party time in Paris
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There’s a burst of noise and colour as we are transported to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, where the handover party is in full flow.
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Paralympics closing ceremony
The passing of the Paralympic flag involves figures from Tokyo, the IPC and Paris.
Yuriko Koike, the governor of Tokyo, passes the flag onto IPC president Andrew Parsons. He then hands it over to Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris.
The French flag will now be raised inside the Olympic Stadium while La Marseillaise plays out.
Paralympics closing ceremony
The performance reaches a high-tempo crescendo, as all the dancers from the ceremony come together in a colourful and powerful conclusion.
The Paralympic flag has now been lowered and will be passed onto the representatives from Paris 2024.
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