ParalympicsGB ‘rewrote the historical past books’ in Tokyo

Krysten Coombs


Krysten Coombs’ badminton bronze was Great Britain’s 124th and final medal from Tokyo

Great Britain’s team have “rewritten the history books” with their performance in Tokyo, says ParalympicsGB’s chief Penny Briscoe.

GB won 124 medals, including 41 golds, to finish second in the medal table behind China.

While those tallies are a drop on Rio five years ago, Britain won medals in 18 of the 19 sports they entered, a new team record.

“It’s been an incredible Games for ParalympicsGB,” Briscoe said.

“We’re absolutely delighted with the performance of the team.”

Chef de mission Briscoe believes the return of Russian athletes – competing under the flag of their Paralympic Committee after they were banned in 2016 – made replicating Rio’s medal totals improbable.

Britain won 64 golds and 147 medals overall in Rio after claiming 34 and 120 respectively at London 2012.

Table showing Great Britain's record at recent Paralympics

She told BBC Radio 5 Live: “The medal total was always going to be difficult in terms of the return of Russian athletes. But for 18…