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'Historic, fantastic' 2020 Tokyo Paralympics come to a close Updated: 2021-09-06 17:15:01 KST

Time now for "This Week in Sports" and so joining us in the studio is our sports editor, Paul Neat.
Paul, let's of course begin with the Paralympics which came to a close over the weekend.
What were some of Team Korea's memorable moments?

Team Korea won two gold medals at this year’s Games, as well as 10 silver and 12 bronze.
The second of the two golds came in boccia on Saturday which meant that Korea picked gold in the sport for the ninth consecutive Games since 1988.
In the pairs BC3 finals event, Jeong Ho-won, Kim Han-soo and Choi Ye-jin beat the Japanese team by a single point in overtime after a 4-4 tie.
For Jeong, it was his third gold medal, Choi her second, but for Kim it was his first.
Korea’s other gold came in table tennis and was won by Joo Young-dae who helped Korea’s table tennis team win 12 medals in total.
Meanwhile, Joo Jeong-hun on Friday became the country's first Paralympic medalist in taekwondo.
He won bronze after beating the member from the Russian team in the 75 kilogram class bronze medal match.
And on Saturday… Korea picked up two medals in badminton winning both silver and bronze in the men's singles class WH1.
World number one Kim Jung-jun won silver and world number five Kim Kyung-hoon won the bronze.
Elsewhere, Korea’s 24 medals came in six different sports including judo and shooting.

And how about the event overall?

China finished top of the medal table with 207 in total, 96 of them gold.
Great Britain was second with 124 overall and 41 gold while the USA was third with 104 overall and 37 gold.
There were five podium sweeps in total, four from China and all four in swimming.
The other came in athletics and the women’s 100 meters T63 which was won by Italy.
The Games consisted of 539 medal events across 22 sports.
Taekwondo and badminton were added to the games for the first time.
A record of 86 teams won medals and 62 claimed at least one gold.

Tell us about the closing ceremony, what was the theme?

The theme of Sunday’s closing ceremony was "harmonious cacophony.”
The theme was described by organizers as a "world inspired by the Paralympics, one where differences shine."
It ended a 12-day run in a colorful, circus-like ceremony at the National Stadium in Tokyo.
During his closing ceremony speech, Andrew Parsons - head of the International Paralympic Committee said that the Games went ahead “against the odds” and that they have not only been “historic” but they were “fantastic” over “12 magical days."
The closing ceremony itself lasted about two hours and took place in a near-empty stadium without spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Paralympic flag was then formally passed on to Paris and accepted by the city's mayor in anticipation of hosting the 2024 Games.

Finally, to men's football. South Korea takes on Lebanon tomorrow in a World Cup qualifier.
The team will be looking to bounce back from Thursday's disappointment.

Yes, after the 0-0 draw with Iraq on Thursday, South Korea will be looking to pick up the win against Lebanon tomorrow night.
Captain Son Heung-min said that he will be more selfish and shoot more.
Fellow forward Hwang Ui-jo said on Monday that any win will do and that it doesn't need to be by a big margin.
In Monday's press conference, manager Paulo Bento called on his team to be more aggressive and to play faster.
Korea take on Lebanon at Suwon World Cup Stadium at 8 PM on Tuesday for match two in the third round of World Cup qualification.

Thank-you for that, Paul. We shall see you next week.
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