Turkey breaks medal record at Tokyo Paralympic Games

Turkey breaks medal record at Tokyo Paralympic Games

Turkey breaks medal record at Tokyo Paralympic Games

Turkish athletes have bagged the 11th medal on the seventh day of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games, surpassing the 10 medal-record in the 2016 Rio Games.

Turkish Paralympic shooter Aysegül Pehlivanlar won a silver medal on Aug. 31 in the P2 women’s 10m Air Pistol event. She won with a total of 234.5 points in the final.

The 41-year-old previously won a bronze medal at the Rio Games. Another Turkish athlete competing in the final, 43-year-old Aysel Özgan, came in eighth place.

Sevilay Öztürk took bronze in the women’s backstroke final, winning the nation’s first medal in Paralympic swimming.

Öztürk, 17, completed the 50-meter backstroke S5 final in the third spot with a time of 43.48 seconds to claim the bronze medal in Tokyo.

China’s Dong Lu won gold with a time of 37.18, which is a new world and Paralympic record.

Another Turkish swimmer, Sümeyye Boyacı was among the finalists, but the 18-year-old ranked fourth with a time of 43.94 and failed to make the podium in the final.

Turkey’s Nihat Türkmenoğlu and Bahattin Hekimoğlu clinched a silver and bronze medal in archery.

Türkmenoğlu secured silver after a narrow loss to the Czech Republic’s David Drahoninsky in the gold medal clash of the men’s individual W1 class.

Drahoninsky edged the match by 142-141, equaling the record he set at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

Hekimoğlu won bronze in the same category, beating Iran’s Mohammadreza Zandi 139-134.

The Tokyo Paralympic Games will end on Sept. 5.

ayşegül pehlivanlar,