Tokyo Paralympics: Great Britain finish Games with two more bronze medals

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Great Britain won two bronzes more at the Tokyo Paralympics' final day to close out another successful Games.

Spain was defeated 68-58 by the men's wheelchair basketball team, finishing third. Krysten Coombs won bronze in the men’s SH6 badminton singles.

David Weir was fifth in the T54 men's marathon, while Marcel Hug from Switzerland won his fourth gold medal of the Games.

This means that GB finished second behind China in medal table with 41 golds 38 silvers and 45 bronzes. Total of 124.

They won medals for 18 of the 19 sports that they participated in. Shooting was their only loss.

Penny Briscoe, ParalympicsGB's chef de mission, stated that the team had "rewritten history" and was praised for their "phenomenal efforts".

GB rely on 'heart to finish on a High'

Gaz Choudhry, a wheelchair basketball player and coach, said that the victory over Spain was due to "being resilient" and "being courageous".

Choudhry assumed the coaching duties following Haj Bhania's positive test for Covid-19 before she left for Japan.

GB had to improve their game after Friday's bitter defeat to Japan in the semi-final. They led 30-28 at halftime, but they rallied for the third quarter and finished it 50-40 ahead. The final quarter was their best quarter so far to earn a fourth bronze medal from the five Games.

Choudhry scored the highest number of points with 19 and Terry Bywater paid tribute the the 36-year old's role throughout the Games.

Bywater stated, "We cannot say enough about Gaz. The way he has led this team and brought them together - the bond that we have in this bunch is something truly special."

"I have five Paralympic bronze medals, but this one is just as important because of all the hardships and sacrifices that we've made."

Choudhry slowed down his own accomplishments

"We've had so much knock-backs throughout the summer. He said that the game was a matter of heart.

"This bronze medal goes to everyone. Although we know exactly where we were, this bronze medal feels so much more than a mere bronze. This team deserves a medal.

Coombs celebrate their final day

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Coombs, an actor who does not compete in his sport, was fifth in the world when he entered the Paralympics.

He won the group stage against his team-mate Jack Shephard, which helped him reach the fourth round where he was defeated by India's Krishna Nagar.

Despite losing the first match to Brazil's Vitor Tapares, the 30-year old won 12-21 21-10 21-16. This is Dan Bethell's silver-medal win in the SL3 event.

He told Channel 4 that "being here was amazing, but to come home with a medal it is brilliant," he said.

"I am shocked and overwhelmed. It's unbelievable, but I have been working hard.

"Having Paralympics sport will do so much to it all over the globe."

Tokyo: Shooters miss the target

Matt Skelhon from Britain and Lorraine Lambert of Luxembourg both failed to get a spot in the final event on the shooting program, the R6 mixed 50m rifle-prone SH1.

"Today, it seemed like I couldn't take the pressure. "I really lost it," Skelhon said. He won bronze at London 2012's event and was Paralympic champion 10m in 2008.

It has been a very difficult week. It was a tough week.

"My confidence is low, and I went out trying as hard as possible but that only added to the pressure. It wasn't enough.

"I believe 90% of it is mental. If the equipment is on top then the rest is mental. Knowing you're at a level that others can compete with you is one thing, but we haven't had that without any exposure to competition for the past two years."