A review of the historical performance of the Albiceleste delegation, which also added 32 diplomas.
The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games came to an end. They left an excellent performance for the Argentine delegation, which won nine medals (five silver and four bronze) and 32 diplomas. It was a historical performance for the Albiceleste athletes. They equaled the number of citations obtained in Atlanta in 1996, the most successful event so far.
Argentina - which presented a delegation of 57 representatives in 11 different disciplines in the medal table - finished in 63rd place. The general table was led by China, with 207 medals, followed by the United Kingdom (124) and the United States (104).
The nine medals of Argentina:
Antonella Ruiz Díaz (Athletics - Bronze in shot put F41)
The 24-year-old from Entre Ríos achieved the first medal of the Argentine delegation after taking bronze in the F41 shot put category with an attempt of 9.50 meters (her personal best since she started competing).
Brian Impellizzeri (Athletics - Silver Long Jump T37)
The man from Rosario made a jump of 6m.44cm, which was the best mark of his career. He fell behind Ukraine's Vladyslav Zahrebelnyi with a 6m.59cm record to obtain the gold medal.
Fernando Carlomagno (Swimming - Silver in 100m backstroke S7)
The 28-year-old from Rosario, who had achieved the best time in the swimming qualifying rounds, set a time of 1: 08.83 and finished second, behind the Ukrainian Andrii Trusov, who won the Gold by registering a new world record with 1: 08.83. The third was the Israeli Mark Malyar, with 1: 10.08.
Hernán Urra (Athletics - Silver in shot put F35)
The native of Cinco Saltos, Río Negro, had already been Silver in Rio de Janeiro 2016 with a mark of 14.91 meters and this time he achieved a throw of 15.90 meters, which was the best of his sports career, which ensured him obtaining the second place in a test that had as winner Khusniddin Norbekov. The athlete from Uzbekistan shot 16.13 on his last attempt, overtaking the Argentine and clinching first place.
Matías de Andrade (Swimming - Silver in the 100 meters backstroke S6)
The Mar del Plata climbed to second place on the podium due to 1: 15.40, behind the Chinese Jia Hongguan, 33, who led the race with a time of 1: 12.72. The bronze medal went to Croatian Dino Sinovčić, who was only 34 hundredths behind the Albiceleste athlete. He made a time of 1: 15.74.
Los Murcielagos (Silver in football for the blind)
The Argentine team for the blind was one step away from glory when they fell 1-0 in the final against Brazil, their classic rival. The goal of the match was the work of Raimundo Mendes. This was the fourth medal for the team in its fifth participation in a Paralympic Game. Before, they were silver in Athens 2004 and bronze in Rio 2016 and Beijing 2008. The only time they did not reach the podium was in London in 2012 when they came in fourth place.
Yanina Martínez (Athletics - Bronze in the 200 meters T36)
Rosario, 27, was awarded bronze with a time of 30.96 seconds, the best mark of the year. The specialty champion was Chinese Yating Shi (28.21), who equaled the world record set on November 9, 2019 in Dubai. Argentina took the podium due to the incompetence of German Nicole Nikoletzic, who stepped on the inner line of her lane on the track.
Juan Samorano (Taekwondo - Bronze in K44 up to 75 kilos)
The Merlo native had an epic performance in which he presented this discipline at a Paralympic event. Argentina won the bronze medal in the K44 75kg category with a kick in the last second against two-time world champion Kazakh Nurlan Dombayev. (Antalya 2019 and London 2017) and third-best seed.
Alexis Chávez (Athletics - Silver in the 100 meters T36)
The 19-year-old, born in Pergamino, had a great start to his career and lived in the Vanguard Platoon from the beginning. Although he led in the first meters, he was overtaken by Chinese Deng Peching, who took the gold. On the closing, he passed the Australian James Turner, who finally obtained the silver and relegated the Buenos Aires to the third step of the podium. Deng posted a time of 11.85 seconds, followed by Turner with 12.00 and Chávez with 12.02. The Argentine athlete had already had an excellent performance in the qualifying round. He finished third with a time of 11.91 seconds, from which he set a new continental record.