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GB finished second overall at the second consecutive Games with a total of 124 podium places: 41 gold, 38 silver and 45 bronze; the men’s wheelchair basketball team won bronze by beating Spain; Krysten Coombs won bronze in badminton

Last update: 09/05/21 8:47 am

Incredible podium for Great Britain’s wheelchair basketball team after conquering Spain

Britain won bronze medals in basketball and badminton to raise the curtain on a medal-rich campaign at the Tokyo Paralympics.

GB finished second overall at the second consecutive Games after a total of 124 podium places: 41 gold, 38 silver and 45 bronze. China leads the standings with 207 medals.

The men’s wheelchair basketball team clinched the country’s penultimate medal in Japan, beating Spain 68-58 in their play-off for third place, aided by Gaz Choudhry, who has again was Great Britain’s top scorer with 19 points.

“We’ve had so many flashbacks all summer. This game just came to my heart,” said Choudhry.

“This bronze medal is for everyone. We know where we were, but now that we’ve won it, it definitely seems more than a bronze medal. But this team deserves a gold medal.”

Krysten Coombs had the final say with the wheel as he celebrated his magnificent piece of metal after finishing third.

Coombs rebounded from his semi-final loss to second seed Krishna Nagar returning from a knockout game to beat Brazilian Vitor Gonçalves Tavares 12-21 21-10 21-16 in the medal match of bronze SH6.

With the action over for these magnificent Games in Japan, the closing ceremony will take place on Sunday with boccia champion David Smith selected as ParalympicsGB flag bearer.

Earlier, six-time Paralympic gold medalist David Weir finished fifth in the men’s T54 marathon with a season best time of one hour, 29 minutes and 45 seconds.

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Krysten Coombs was overcome with emotion after his bronze medal in badminton at the Paralympic Games earlier on Sunday

Fellow Briton Johnboy Smith finished 10th in 1:32:25, while compatriot Derek Rae crossed the finish line ninth in the T46 race in 2:47:04.

Swiss Marcel Hug won the T54 race in 1:24:02, 20 seconds ahead of Chinese athlete Zhang Yong, with American Daniel Romanchuk third.

Smith, a gold medalist in boccia, will lead the closing ceremony with the British flag after retaining his individual BC1 title on Wednesday to secure his fifth Paralympic medal after beating Malaysia’s Chew Wei Lun 4-2 in the final.

In the process, the 32-year-old, with cerebral palsy, passed his mentor and former teammate Nigel Murray as the most successful British player in the sport.

“It is an incredible honor to lead the ParalympicsGB team at the closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games,” said Smith.

“I represent not only the sport I love, but also the entire ParalympicsGB team.

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David Smith celebrates with his after managing to retain his Paralympic bocca title

“I am proud to be the face of the athletes who are here, and also of those who have already returned home. I have received so much support over the past 12 days, this honor is for each of them – athletes, support staff and UK fans too. “

Smith, who wears a distinctive red and blue mohawk, won his first Paralympic title in the BC1-2 team event in Beijing 2008.

Four years later in London 2012, he won BC1 individual silver as well as BC1-2 team bronze, before securing his first individual title in Rio and then successfully defending it in Japan.

UK Chef de Mission Penny Briscoe said: “David has not only proven himself to be a champion on the pitch once again, but he’s also the most wonderful ambassador for the sport of boccia, our entire team and the movement. Paralympic.

“He really represents the spirit of the Games.

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