The Paralympic Games end on 5 September. So it’s time to summarize. Polish athletes won 25 discs. This may seem like a solid result, but as history shows – these are the fewest medals won since we started at this event!
The Paralympic Games in Tokyo got off to a great start for the Polish team. Already on the second day of the competition On the second day of the competition, the first medal for Poland was won by track cyclists Marcin Polak and his co-driver Michał Ładosz. A few hours later, the silver was added to the bronze disc by Adrian Castro in the individual tournament of group B mountaineers.
We didn’t have to wait long for the first gold either, because the next day we could enjoy Mazurek Dąbrowski on Japanese soil. Róża Kozakowska won the competition in the club throw (F32) and broke the world record with a result of 28.74 m. Kozakowska became in a way a showcase for Polish athletes during the Paralympic Games. A few days later she won a silver medal – this time in the shot put. In one start she broke two world records, but Anasasiia Moskalenko was even better than her.
Our table tennis players also brought two discs from Tokyo. Natalia Partyka, Karolina Pęk and Rafał Czuper. Women won gold and bronze, and the 33-year-old boasts silver and bronze medals.
- Gold (7): Róża Kozakowska (athletics), Patryk Chojnowski (table tennis), Piotr Kosewicz (athletics), Barbara Bieganowska-Zając (athletics), Karolina Kucharczyk (athletics), Karolina Pęk, Natalia Partyka (table tennis), Renata Śliwińska (shot put, class). F40))
- Silver (6): Adrian Castro (fencing), Michał Derus (athletics), Rafał Czuper (table tennis), Lucyna Kornobys (athletics), Róża Kozakowska (athletics), Szymon Sowiński (shooting)
- Bronze (12): Marcin Polak and Michał Ładosz (track cycling), Justyna Kozdryk (weightlifting), Lech Stoltman (athletics), Maksym Chudzicki (table tennis), Karolina Pęk (table tennis), Natalia Partyka (table tennis), Marzena Zięba (weightlifting), Renata Kałuża (cycling) , Oliwia Jabłońska (swimming), Rafał Czuper, Tomasz Jakimczuk (table tennis), Maciej Lepiato (athletics), Alicja Jeromin (athletics).
The medal classification of the Paralympic Games is marked by the absolute advantage of the Chinese team, which has over 200 discs, including 96 zlotys, to its credit. The second Great Britain has “only” 41 golds and 124 medals in total, while the USA has 37 gold discs and 104 all. The total of 25 medals gives Poland the 17th place in this ranking.
We know the attitude of Polish athletes to the Olympic Games that have just been held. We waited a long time for the first medal, the ranking was strengthened primarily by the excellent performances of the rowers and athletes. The Polish Paralympics brought nine more medals, but given history, this is our worst result since we started.
Medals of Poles in the 21st century:
- Rio de Janeiro 2016: 39 medals – 9 gold, 18 silver and 12 bronze (10th place)
- London 2012: 36 medals – 14 gold, 13 silver and 9 bronze (9th place)
- Beijing 2008: 30 medals – 5 gold, 12 silver and 13 bronze (18th place)
- Athens 2004: 54 medals – 10 gold, 25 silver and 19 bronze (18th place)
Worst result in years
This year’s Paralympic players are five medals short of their worst record to date (Beijing 2008). The second worst result in this respect was the Olympics in 1992. At that time, Poland was represented by 40 athletes who won a total of 32 medals.
The best result in the history of Polish starts was the summer event in 1980. There were 489 competitions in 13 disciplines and Poland won a whopping 177 discs! In the ranking, it was only second to the United States. The Americans were ahead of us with the same number of gold medals thanks to the silver discs.
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