Ukraine's paralympians today passed their Beijing gold medal total of 24 - ending the day with 27 gold medals.

Roman Pavlyk and Yegor Dementyev led the way. Pavlyk added his second gold in the T36 200m while Dementyev also won a second gold in the men's individual C4-5 road race - a paralympic sport in which Ukraine is competing for the first time.

On the track and field, a further gold was added by Yuriy Tsaruk in the T35 200m - giving him a clean sweep after his gold in the T35 100m. Ruslan Katyshev added to Tuesday's long jump gold with bronze in the triple jump; Inna Stryzhak won bronze in the T38 200m - adding to the silver and bronze medals she has already won.

Ukraine's swimmers carried on their winning streak, with gold for Viktor Smyrnov in the S11 100m butterfly and Hennadii Boiko in the S1 50m backstroke, in which Oleksandr Holovko won the bronze. Andriy Kalyna won the silver in the SM9 200m individual medley.

Ukraine now has a total of 68 medals: 27 gold, 18 silver and 23 bronze. 50 athletes from the paralympic team have won medals so far. Valeriy Sushkevych paid tribute to the commitment and teamwork every athlete has shown to achieve 'everything possible and impossible to represent our country at the highest level.'

Ukraine continue firmly in fourth place in the medals table, but we're confident that the team will achieve further success. Highlights tomorrow will include the semi-final of the 7-a-side football against Iran and the men's team table tennis class 9-10 semi-final, as well as further track and pool events.

Ukrayinska Dumka


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