Great Britain won bronze statues in basketball and badminton to take away down the curtain on load a medal campaign at the Tokyo Paralympic Games.
GB finished as runners-up in the general table for the second consecutive Games after a total of 124 podium finishes: 41 gold, 38 silver and 45 bronze. China topped the list with 207 medals.
The menwheelchair basketball team took the penultimate medal in the country in Japan by beating Spain 68-58 in their third-place play-off, aided by Gaz Choudhry who was once again GB . top scorer with 19 points.
“We’ve had so many setbacks all summer. This game just came down to the heart,” said Choudhry.
“This bronze medal is for everyone else. We know where we were, but now we have won it, it sure feels more than a bronze. But this team deserves a gold.”
Krysten Coombs had the final say with the shuttle as he celebrated his beautiful piece of metal after finishing third.
Coombs bounced back his semi-final loss of second seed Krishna Nagar by coming from a game down to defeat Brazilian Vitor Gonçalves Tavares 12-21 21-10 21-16 in the SH6 bronze medal match.
With the action over for these beautiful Games in Japan, the closing ceremony lasts place on Sunday with Boccia champion David Smith chosen as ParalympicsGB flag bearer.
Earlier, six-time Paralympic gold medalist David Weir finished fifth in the men’s T54 marathon in a season best time of one hours, 29 minutes and 45 seconds.
Fellow Briton Johnboy Smith placed 10th in 1:32:25, while fellow countryman Derek Rae finished ninth over the line came in the T46 race in 2:47:04.
The Swiss Marcel Hug won the T54 event in a time of 1:24:02, 20 seconds ahead of Chinese athlete Zhang Yong, with American Daniel Romanchuk third.
Smith, gold medalist in the boccia, will lead the closing ceremony with the GB flag after retaining his BC1 individual title on Wednesday to secure his fifth Paralympic medal after beating Malaysia’s Chew Wei Lun met 4-2 in the final.
In the process, the 32-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, has surpassed his mentor and former team-partner Nigel Murray as Britain’s most successful player in the sports.
“It’s an incredible honor to be” leading out the ParalympicsGB team at the closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games,” Smith said.
“I represent not only the sport I love, but the wider ParalympicsGB team at.
“I am proud of the face of the athletes die be here, and also die who to have already returned home. I got so much support over this last 12 days, this honor is for each one of she – athletes, support staff and Brits fans equal.”
smith, who sports a distinctive red and blue mohawk, won to be first Paralympic title in the BC1-2 team event in Beijing 2008.
Four years later in London 2012 he claimed both individual BC1 silver and BC1-2 team bronze, before his . secured first individual title in Rio, then what? successfully to defend in Japan.
GB chef de mission Penny Briscoe said: “David didn’t just prove that once” again he is a champion on the court, he is the most wonderful ambassador for the sport of boccia, for our whole team and for the Paralympic movement.
“He really represents the spirit of the games.”
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