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Athletes claim bronze and silver medals for Greece at Tokyo Paralympics

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Greece claimed another two medals at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics over the weekend, taking their medal tally to five.

Athanasios Konstantinidis:

Konstantinidis won the silver medal in athletics with the F32 keel throw, setting Europe’s new record at 38 metres apart on his second try.

The Greek athlete was beaten by Li Liu from China and Walid Ferhah from Algeria came in third, claiming the bronze medal.

READ MORE: Greek weightlifter Dimitrios Bakochristos wins bronze at Tokyo Paralympics.

Both the Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, and Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias, congratulated Konstantinidis on his win on Twitter.

“He deserves a lot of congratulations, he made us proud once again!” Mitsotakis wrote.

Antonis Tsapatakis:

Tsapatakis, 33, won a bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke SB4 at the Tokyo Paralympics.

The Greek athlete finished in 1 minute 40.20 seconds, behind Russia’s Dmitrii Cherniaev (1:31.96, world record) and Colombia’s Moises Fuentes Garcia (1:35.86).

READ MORE: Greece wins two bronze medals at Tokyo’s Paralympic Games.

Tsapatakis was a water polo player when, in 2006, he was paralysed after a motorcycle accident. He has won a silver and three bronze medals at World Championships and two silver and two bronze medals at European Championships since 2013.

“Congratulations to Paralympian Antonis Tsapatakis, who with perseverance and hard work managed to win the bronze in the 100m breaststroke. We are very proud!” Mitsotakis wrote on Twitter.

READ MORE: ‘I found a homeland in Greece’: Syrian refugee on his way to Tokyo Paralympics.

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