PAULASK, Estonia — The Russians won 13 medals in four days of Paralympic Games activity, with nine gold, six silver and two bronze. Their medal haul was a total of 46.
The only three bronze medals for the Russian team came in the men’s table tennis team category. The men’s basketball team took a bronze in the team category. The women’s basketball team won gold.
Among Russia’s medal winners, two of the leading medalists have been goalscorers.
Yaroslav Rudenko led all scorers in the boxing tournament with three wins, which set a new Paralympic Games record.
“Although I fell short in my goal,” Rudenko told Russian media, “I am sure that I will compete in Tokyo.”
The third leading scorer, Ekaterina Shklyarova, also scored two goals to bring her to eight goals. Her second goal was scored in the opening minute of the championship match against Brazil, sealing the win for Russia.
This means that Shklyarova and Rudenko together scored in all five of the Russian championship matches. In total, Shklyarova and Rudenko scored 11 goals, while 22 other Russians scored total of 32 goals.
The three bronze medalists scored a total of three goals, including the first of the competition against the US with a 2-0 victory.
Russia men’s wheelchair basketball team may have lost their final to the US in a tense game, but on social media they took a great gong home, especially after returning to the court and beating Canada by a score of 105-61.
The crowd in the Estonia game erupted as the Americans conceded the first of their 10 points. After that Russian team scored 10 points in the second quarter.
“I really want to get to Tokyo. It is not easy, but I am fully prepared,” said Russia captain Yaroslav Rudenko.
The table tennis players who won five medals for Russia even had the potential to win six medals and tied the world record for the most medals in a single Paralympic Games.
The table tennis players also broke the world record in the table tennis group, which is considered by the International Paralympic Committee to be the first Paralympic event, which took place in 1976 in Montreal.
Russian Paralympic team captain Ilya Yarsin told the media that he had high hopes for the games, adding that “by the time I retire, I will be above 500 medals, including 100 gold medals.”