Since the successes of Heinz Frei and Edith Hunkeler, wheelchair athletics events have been a Swiss specialty at the Paralympic Games. In Tokyo, where the Swiss delegation had not yet obtained a podium since the start of the events on August 25, four medals arrived this weekend, all in wheelchairs.
Lucerne’s Manuela Schär won the silver medal on Saturday in the 5000m, then gold on Sunday in the 800m (category T54). The men’s 5000m was won on Saturday by the Thurgovian Marcel Hug. Another Thurgovian, Catherine Debrunner, took third place in the 800m in the T53 category on Sunday.