Tokyo-Australia cyclist Page Greco won his first gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics and won a 3,000-meter chase on the Velodrome track on Wednesday.
It was the first of 24 gold medals won on Wednesday when the Paralympics began.
On Wednesday, medals were also contested for swimming and wheelchair fencing.
Greco was born with cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy mainly affects the right side of her body. It was her first Paralympic medal and won her race in 3 minutes 50.815 seconds.
“It feels great,” Greco said. “I still can’t believe it. I look down and keep looking (gold medal). It hasn’t really sunk yet.”
China’s Xiaoming Wang was second, and the bronze medal went to Germany’s Denise Schindler.
Greco started cycling about three years ago after seven years of athletics competition.
Australian teammate William Martin also won the gold medal in the first Paralympic swimming final and won the 400-meter freestyle in the S9 class in 4: 10.25 seconds. France’s Ugo Didier won the silver medal and Australia’s Alex Tuckfield won the bronze medal.
In the first wheelchair fencing final, China’s Lee Hao won the gold medal in the men’s individual saber. He defeated Ukraine’s Artem Manko 15-12 in the final.
Craig Spence, a spokesman for the International Paralympic Committee, confirmed that the IPC was in contact with two Paralympic athletes from Afghanistan who had left the country. He refused to speculate whether they would eventually arrive in Tokyo for the Paralympics.
“There is a lot of speculation about where these Afghan athletes are,” Spence said. “I’m not going to tell you where they are because this is not a sport, but a protection of human rights and people’s safety.”
He added that they were in a “safe place”.
According to some reports, two athletes (Hosein Rosuri and Zakia Kudadad) may have arrived in Australia.