Cyclist Paige Greco of Australia claimed the first gold medal of the Tokyo Paralympic Games, winning the 3,000-meter pursuit on Wednesday on the velodrome track. Wang Xiaomei of China was second and bronze went to Denise Schindler.
It was the first of 24 gold medals up for grabs on Wednesday as the Paralympics got underway in the middle of a pandemic that has seen new cases in Tokyo soar since the Olympics opened just over a month ago.
Medals were also contested on Wednesday in swimming and wheelchair fencing.
Greco was born with cerebral palsy, which mostly affects the right side of her body. It was her first Paralympic Games medal.
“It feels amazing," Greco said. "I still can’t believe it. I keep looking down and seeing (the gold medal). It’s not really sunk in yet.”