China sweeps 5 golds on first day of Tokyo Paralympics | Updated: 2021-08-26 10:47
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Gold medalist Zhang Li of China celebrates on the podium next to silver medalist, Tully Kearney of Britain, and bronze medalist Monica Boggioni of Italy during the women's 200m freestyle S5 medal ceremony at Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo, on Aug 25, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

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.

Xinhua contributed to this story.

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