Latest Summer Paralympic Games News

Tokyo Paralympic champ heads new Boston Marathon division

Oct. 09, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — When Misato Michishita won the Paralympic marathon in Tokyo this summer, she picked up more than a gold medal. The visually impaired Japanese office worker became a must-get for organizers of Monday’s Boston Marathon, where she will headline one of three...

EU chief turns to Paralympian Vio to inspire Europe's youth

Sep. 15, 2021 09:43 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — When European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was at a loss for words Wednesday to capture the soul of the European Union and its future, Bebe Vio was there to help the EU's top official at the end of her State of the Union address. Sitting...

From battlefield to Tokyo: Combat vets vie at Paralympics

Sep. 11, 2021 10:25 AM EDT

FREMONT, Ind. (AP) — The bald, broad-shouldered cyclist has spent years remembering a nighttime road in a faraway city. He can still describe the city’s narrow streets and crushing heat. He talks about the dead end that forced his convoy turn around. And the...

Photographer, his leg lost, seeks answers from Paralympians

Sep. 07, 2021 14:23 PM EDT

When I last saw Freddie de los Santos, his mouth was ravaged -- his teeth had been blown away by the same blast that took his leg. And yet, he always smiled. The year was 2009. We were both being treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center; I too had lost a...

Paralympic closing marks end of Tokyo's 8-year Olympic saga

Sep. 05, 2021 08:56 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The final act of the delayed Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics came Sunday, almost eight years to the day after the Japanese capital was awarded the Games. The Paralympics ended a 13-day run in a colorful, circus-like ceremony at the National Stadium overseen...

Dutch on course again in wheelchair tennis at Paralympics

Sep. 03, 2021 12:40 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Netherlands is showing its dominance again in wheelchair tennis at the Paralympics, having excelled in the sport since Esther Vergeer dominated the game. She retired in 2013 with seven Paralympic titles and a winning streak of 470 matches. ...

Afghan athlete Zakia Khudadadi gets her chance in taekwondo

Sep. 02, 2021 05:47 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Afghan athlete Zakia Khudadadi got her chance to compete in the Tokyo Paralympics on Thursday. Khudadadi, one to two Afghans participating in the Paralympics, lost her first-round match in taekwondo in the 44-49-kilogram weight class to Ziyodakhon Isakova...

American Lora Webster: 5 months pregnant and after 5th medal

Sep. 02, 2021 03:43 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The volleyball phrase “bump, set, spike” has a special ring for American Lora Webster. She's a sitting volleyball player at the Tokyo Paralympics, and for her the “bump” refers to something entirely different. She's five months...

Malaysian shot putter disqualified after winning gold medal

Sep. 01, 2021 04:31 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Even in the Paralympics Games, there is controversy over victory and defeat. Malaysian shot putter Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli appeared to have won gold in the shot put in the F20 class. But after the victory on Tuesday, he was disqualified because he had shown...

High jumper Sam Grewe wins gold, heads to medical school

Aug. 31, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Sam Grewe made a choice when he was 13 to have his right leg amputated after he was diagnosed with an aggressive bone cancer. He could have chosen to keep the leg, but he said it would have been a frail limb once surgeons carved out the “fist-size...