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2016 Rio Paralympics: Li sets world record to win freestyle S11 gold


09-13-2016 11:02 BJT

Full coverage: 2016 Rio Paralympic Games

In Rio, China picked up 12 golds on the fourth day, competition on Sunday. The PRC were unable to match that, but came close to that, but their athletes did set several world records.

China's Li Guizhi set a new mark to win gold in the women's 50m freestyle S11.

The 23-year-old, who is visually impaired, clocked 30.73 seconds to beat the previous record by a tenth of a second held by Liesette Bruinsma of the Netherlands.

Sweden's Maja Reichard took silver in 30.76 and the Ukraine's Maryna Piddubna shared bronze with Bruinsma after both hit the wall in 31.23.

Li Guizhi of China reacts after the women

Li Guizhi of China reacts after the women's 50m freestyle S11 final of swimming event at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sept. 12, 2016. Li claimed the title and broke the world record. (Xinhua/Ou Dongqu)

28-year-old wins in straight sets in 28 minutes

In table tennis, China's Cao Ningning secured a gold by winning the men's singles class 5 final. The 28-year-old winning 13-11, 12-10, 11-8 in 28 minutes . It was Cao's second Paralympic gold medal after his success in the team classes 4-5 event in 2012.

30-year-old beat Poland's Chojnowski in five sets

China's Ge Yang rallied from two sets to one down to win his fifth Paralympic table tennis title. The 30-year-old beat Poland's Patryk Chojnowski in five gripping sets to clinch gold in the singles class 10 category. 5-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8, 16-14 is how it ends. It was Ge's second Paralympic table tennis singles title following gold in teams events at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Paralympics.

Chinese beats Kamkasomphou of France in straight sets

And China's Mao Jingdian was facing Thu Kamkasomphou of France in the singles CL 8 final. The 21-year-old needing just 18 minutes to defend her title in straight sets,11-6, 11-8, 11-3 is how it ends. 

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