China take 5 golds on first day of Tokyo Paralympics

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China on Wednesday won five gold medals, ranking second in the medal standings with 8 medals on the first day of the Tokyo Paralympics.

Medals were awarded in track cycling, swimming and wheelchair fencing.

China swept all the four golds in wheelchair fencing.

Wheelchair fencer Li Hao beat Ukraine's Artem Manko to claim China's first gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics. This was also the first gold the 26-year-old won in his Paralympic debut.

"I wanted to try my best and what we practiced as usual. I was just using my pace to get every point," Li said.

Later, Chinese swimmer Zhang Li won the fifth gold for the country in the women's 200m freestyle-S5, after a stunning late surge in the last 50m to beat Britain's Tully Kearney.

"I spent five years preparing for this. At the last turn I was able to see Tully Kearney, who was in the first place. I just told myself to go for it. I just kept chasing, and I finally was able to do it," Zhang said.

The 23-year-old first competed in the Rio 2016 Paralympics, taking home three golds.

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