MINSK, 25 August (BelTA) – Belarusian swimmer Ihar Boki has won gold at the 16th Summer Paralympics in Tokyo, BelTA has learned.
The Belarusian clocked 53.80 seconds to touch in first in the Men's 100m Butterfly S13 and set a new Olympic record in the discipline. Dzmitry Salei of Belarus placed 6th.
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 Tokyo Belarusian athletes will compete 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 will compete at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. The Games will feature 539 medal events in 22 sports. The closing ceremony is scheduled for 5 September.