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30 August 2021, 14:06

Belarus' Ihar Boki secures fifth gold at Tokyo Paralympics

Photo courtesy of OIS
Photo courtesy of OIS

MINSK, 30 August (BelTA) – Belarusian swimmer Igor Boki has become a five-time winner of the Tokyo Paralympics, clinching a champion title in the Men's 200m Individual Medley S13, BelTA has learned.

Ihar Boki's winning time is 2:02.70, a new world record in the discipline.

Earlier, Ihar Boki set new records in the Men's 100m Butterfly, 100m Backstroke and 50m and 400m Freestyle.

In the previous years Ihar Boki won 11 gold medals at the Paralympics in London in 2012 (5) and in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 (6).

In the ongoing Games in Tokyo Belarusian athletes are competing in five sports.

At the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro Belarusian athletes won 10 (8 gold, 2 bronze) medals, placing 19th in the medal table. Since the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics Belarus has won a total of 98 (36, 32, 30) medals.

Some 4,000 athletes from 160 countries are competing at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. The Games feature 539 medal events in 22 sports. The closing ceremony is scheduled for 5 September.

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