Sunday began with the welcome news that the International Paralympic Committee had reinstated Maria Pomazan's discus gold medal, after a scoring error resulted in changes to the top 5 places in the discus finals. This is thanks to Valeriy Sushkevych, Head of Ukraine's National Paralympic Committee, who continued to appeal the decision even after it was originally upheld. The eventual decision was to award two gold medals and two bronze medals to the four athletes who had been affected by the mistake. But in a strange quirk of logic, in the official medals table, Maria Pomazan's gold will continue to show as a silver. To hear an interview with Maria on BBC Ukrainian, click here.

The Ukrainian team has added 11 more medals to their tally, bringing the total to 33. 4 more gold medals were won by: Maria Pomazan in the shot put (with a new world record), Alla Lysenko in the women's single sculls, Yevheniy Bohodayko in the 200m medley (adding to his previous two swimming silvers) and Dmytro Zalevskiy in the 100m backstroke. Silver medals were won by Vasyl Lishchynskiy in the men's discus and swimmer Dmytro Vynohradets in the 150m individual medley; while the Ukrainian rowers gained bronze in the mixed coxed fours. On the track, bronzes were won by Roman Pavlyk in the T36 100m and by Oxana Boturchuk in the T12 100m. Swimmer Viktor Smyrnov won bronze in the 100m backstroke and Mykhaylo Popov beat fellow-Ukrainian Maksym Nykolenko to take the bronze in the Class 7 singles table tennis.

In other action, the women's sitting volleyball team continued their winning streak with a 3 sets to 1 win over the Netherlands.

With only 4 days of the Paralympics completed, the Ukrainian team is already almost halfway towards the medals total it achieved in Beijing. We wish them continued success!

Ukrayinska Dumka


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