Paralympic Games Day 12: What to watch Saturday evening, Sunday morning

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Marathon


The final athletics event of the Paralympic Games is the marathon. The races will be held in five different categories: two for athletes who run in wheelchairs (men and women T54), two for athletes with visual impairments (men and women T12) and one for athletes with impaired upper limbs. (men T46).

The United States will have strong medal hopes in wheelchair races. Daniel Romanchuk and Tatiana mcfadden are both accomplished marathoners who have already gained equipment on the track during their stay in Tokyo.

Romanchuk, who won his first Paralympic gold medal last week in the 400m, won four major marathons (Boston, London, Chicago, New York) in 2019. McFadden, who won his 20th career Paralympic medal on Friday, a was the first athlete – male or female, able-bodied or disabled, to complete a “Grand Slam” marathon (winning the four marathons mentioned above in a single season). She first accomplished the feat in 2013, then did it again each of the next three years.

McFadden’s teammate Susannah Scaroni, a gold medalist last week in the 5000m, is another athlete to watch in the women’s T54 race.

Unlike the Olympic Marathon, which has been moved north to Sapporo due to the heat, the Paralympic Marathon will take place in Tokyo and pass major landmarks such as the Sensoji Temple, Tokyo Tower, and the Imperial Palace.


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