Two gold medals for German para-athletes

Germany won gold twice at the Paralympics on Sunday: Martin Schulz left the competition behind in the triathlon. Table tennis player Valentin Baus also won gold.

Triathlete Martin Schulz won the first German gold at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo on the fifth day of the competition. Thanks to a furious race to catch up, the 31-year-old crossed the finish line with a 45-second lead over the Briton George Peasgood after a 750 m swim, 20 km bike ride and 5 km run and took his second Paralympics victory in 58:10 minutes in the PTS5 starting class in Rio .

Before that, the team of the German Disabled Sports Association (DBS) had won two silver medals and five bronze medals. Schulz got out of the water 1:01 minutes behind Peasgood and worked his way up to 38 seconds on the bike at temperatures above 30 degrees and a humidity of over 80 percent. At the beginning of the third of four laps, the three-time world champion finally overtook the British who was breaking in.

Schulz had specially prepared for the extreme conditions. “I occasionally set up my bike in the swimming pool,” said the man from Leipzig before leaving for Japan: “For this purpose, I did units in a heat tent with a humidifier and a radiant heater. The temperature was 38 degrees and 80 percent humidity.”

Baus sees the new edition of Rio

Table tennis player Valentin Baus made his gold dream come true at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. The 25-year-old won the dramatic new edition of the final in Rio against the Chinese Cao Ningning 3: 2 despite a gap in the meantime and thus took revenge in the starting class 5 for the bankruptcy of 2016. It is the first gold for the German table tennis players since London 2012.

This means that Germany ends the individual competitions in the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium with a complete set of medals. Thomas Schmidberger had already lost his final in the third class on Saturday against his Chinese rival Fan Penfeng with 2: 3. Stephanie Grebe won bronze after her 3-0 defeat in the semifinals against European champion Maliak Aliyeva from the Russian Paralympic Committee. The team competitions will continue from Tuesday.

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