Hong Kong’s 24-strong delegation has taken five medals at the Tokyo Paralympics, with two silver medals and three bronze medals.
The athletes who medalled over the 12-day competition are:
- Leung Yuk-wing, Vivian Lau Wai-yan, and Wong Kwan-hang, silver in mixed pairs boccia,
- Chu Man-kai, silver in men’s singles badminton,
- Chan Ho-yuen, bronze in men’s singles badminton,
- Wong Ting-ting, bronze in women’s individual table tennis,
- Leung Yuk-wing, bronze in mixed individual boccia.
The most densely packed season of the year for sports ended with the closing ceremony on Sunday. Strict pandemic regulations meant that most athletes had already departed from Japan, but the ceremony was no less grandiose for it.
Matching the vibrancy of the three previous ceremonies held this summer, elaborately costumed dancers, wheelchair musicians, and flag bearers flooded a brightly light model city built for the spectacle.
A highlight was the breakdance performance, which will be an official sport at the Paris 2024 Games.
Para badminton player Chu Man-kai carried the flag for Hong Kong; he and fellow badmintonist Chan Ho-yuen secured their medals on the final day of the Games.
17-year-old Wong Ting-ting took the city’s first Paralympic medal of the year on the fourth day. She won the first of five matches against the ROC’s Elena Prokofeva, who is ranked first in the world for para table tennis.
Hong Kong’s most successful Paralympics haul was 17 medals at the Athens 2004 Games. However, Hongkongers are feeling no less proud this month: the five medals won by the outstanding athletes at the Paralympic Games follow Hong Kong’s record-breaking six medals at the Olympic Games.
Header image credits: Hong Kong Paralympic Committee