As the world watched Paralympians conquer world records, beat personal best and triumph on the track, in the pool and in competition, this year’s Paralympics has much to be proud of.
With a record number of LGBTQI+ athletes competing, Tokyo Paralympic Games has officially been named the most inclusive sports event ever. In addition to this stunning statistic, there were also 1,853 female athletes competing, an almost 11 per cent increase on Rio 2016 and making it the biggest number of women ever to compete in the Games’ history.
Individuals wowed in their events from day one, from China’s 16-year old Jiang Yuyan becoming the youngest Paralympian to win gold swimming to GB’s Reece Dunn claiming his third Gold medal of the Games with a world-record-breaking swim in the men’s SM14 200m individual medley after suffering injuries this year, this years Games bought names to new levels.
Sri Lanka won their first ever gold at a Paralympic Games, India claimed their first ever women’s gold in shooting and Afghanistan athletes embodied determination after being evacuated from Kabul last week in order to compete in Tokyo.
Take a look at our Paralympic Highlights Collection for the moments that moved, changed and shocked.