China head straight to the top

China's Li Liqing (right) is overcome by emotion during the women's judo 48kg final against Germany's defending champion Carmen Brussig.
China's Li Liqing (right) is overcome by emotion during the women's judo 48kg final against Germany's defending champion Carmen Brussig.PHOTO: REUTERS

RIO DE JANEIRO • China, which topped the London 2012 medal tally with a whopping 95 golds, continued the winning sequence with seven victories on Thursday. Four of them came in swimming, with two world records, while the other three came in shooting, judo and athletics.

World record holder Huang Lisha won her third straight 100m T53 (wheelchair) in 16.28 seconds. It was the sixth Paralympic gold for the 27-year-old, while her compatriot Zhou Hongzhuan took the silver.

Li Liqing won the women's judo 48kg title by defeating Germany's defending champion Carmen Brussig by ippon.

Li, 23, shed tears of joy after securing her first Paralympic gold. "It means so much to me," said Li, who is visually impaired. "I have been with my coach Zhang Guifu for seven years. He is like a father to me. He taught me everything. I owe this gold medal to him."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 10, 2016, with the headline 'China head straight to the top'. Print Edition | Subscribe