Japan’s Sarina Satomi, Indonesia’s Leani Ratri Oktila and China’s Qu Zimo reigned supreme in two categories at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Satomi, who’d won the women’s singles WH1 yesterday, partnered Yuma Yamazaki to gold in the women’s doubles WH1-WH2 over China’s Liu Yu Tong and Yin Meng Lu.
“It’s always been my dream to be here in this competition, and it’s amazing I got here to take two gold medals. I’m really proud of myself,” said Satomi.
“The way this game has ended for me was just perfect. I’m really happy,” said her partner Yamazaki, who also won bronze in women’s singles WH2.
Susanto/Oktila Reign in Mixed Doubles
Leani Ratri Oktila had entered Tokyo 2020 seeking titles in singles and two doubles events, and was on track when she won the women’s doubles (SL3-SU5) yesterday.
However, Oktila was outplayed in the women’s singles final and had to gather herself for the mixed doubles SL3-SU5 final against France’s Lucas Mazur and Faustine Noel.
After another hard-fought match, Hary Susanto and Oktila won Indonesia’s second gold beating Mazur and Noel, 23-21 21-17. Oktila finished as the most successful athlete with two gold and one silver.
“I’d prepared very well for this, and I’ve finished with two gold and one silver, so it means a great deal,” said Oktila. “I did have to push myself again after losing the women’s singles final, but I’m used to competing in three events, so I just tried to give my best.”
Qu Zimo’s Double for China
Qu Zimo, winner of the men’s singles WH1, added a second gold by winning the men’s doubles WH1-WH2 with Mai Jian Peng. The Chinese duo got the better of Kim Jung Jun and Lee Dong Seop, 21-10 21-14.
“It has huge meaning for me because throughout my training, things were worsening and I was under huge pressure. I’m not calm yet, I’m still really excited about winning the gold medal but I feel all my efforts were worth it.”
“There’s bound to be pressure, being badminton players from China. The two of us are top seeds and also world champions. There’s a lot of pressure coming into the Paralympic Games.”
“Maybe I didn’t fully release all my emotions yesterday (after he won the men’s singles WH1 gold), I released it all today. Jian Peng wasn’t moving, he was crying and I wheeled out of the court.”
Defeated opponent and Korean great Kim Jung Jun was satisfied with his second-place finish in two events.
“We’ve been training for more than four years for this medal. This is the result of our efforts and dedication. I really want to thank my supporters, and I want to say that I’m really happy to get the silver medal.”