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Meet Team USA’s Golden Stars Of The Tokyo Paralympics

By Bob Reinert | Sept. 09, 2021, 3:24 p.m. (ET)

American Paralympic athletes struck gold 37 times at the recently completed 2020 Tokyo Games.

That total gave the U.S. third place in gold medals behind China (96) and Great Britain (41). The Americans moved up from fourth in 2016 in Rio but fell short of the 40 gold medals they collected there.

The women’s sitting volleyball team and men’s wheelchair basketball team each collected their second straight gold medals at Tokyo. 

Here’s the total breakdown of all the U.S. gold medal recipients.

Archery – Men’s

Kevin Mather competes at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Aug. 23 2021 in Tokyo. 

 

Kevin Mather – Individual Recurve Open
The former Ironman triathlete and member of the U.S. Paralympic alpine skiing team made his Paralympic debut in archery count by shooting his way to gold. It was Team USA’s first in individual recurve since 2008.

Cycling – Women’s

Oksana Masters celebrates winning gold in the Cycling Road Women’s H4-5 Time Trial at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Aug. 31, 2021 in Tokyo. 

 

Oksana Masters – H4-5 Time Trial, H5 Road Race
The versatile five-time Paralympian now owns a total of four gold medals, including a pair in Nordic skiing in 2018. She became just the fourth woman and sixth American overall to claim gold in the Summer and Winter Paralympics.

Shawn Morelli – C4 Time Trial
With this gold in Tokyo, Morelli now has three Paralympic medals of this color. She added a silver medal in the track pursuit in Tokyo.

Equestrian

Roxanne Trunnell rides Dolton in the dressage individual Test Grade I Equestrian competition during the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Aug. 27, 2021 in Tokyo. 

 

Roxanne Trunnell – Individual Championship Test – Grade 1, Individual Freestyle – Grade 1
In her second Games, Trunnell and partner Dolton won their first two gold medals. She became the first U.S. gold medalist in Para equestrian since 1996, and also added a bronze medal in the team event.

Sitting Volleyball – Women’s

Team USA gets ready prior to the Women's Sitting Volleyball gold medal match during the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Sept. 05, 2021 in Chiba, Japan.

 

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The American women won their second straight gold medal with a 3-1 win over China in the final. It was the fourth time in a row the two teams met in the Paralympic gold-medal match.

Swimming – Men’s

Evan Austin celebrates winning the gold medal in the Men's 50m Butterfly - S7 Final  during the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Sept. 03, 2021 in Tokyo. 

 

Evan Austin – 50-Meter Butterfly S7
It took three Paralympic Games to do it, but Austin finally got his gold. He also won bronze in the 400 free.

Robert Griswold – 100-Meter Backstroke S8, 100-Meter Butterfly S8
His time of 1 minute, 2.55 records established a new world record.

Swimming – Women’s

Hannah Aspden competes during the women's 4x100m Medley Relay - 34 Points Final at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Sept. 02, 2021 in Tokyo. 

 

Hannah Aspden – 100-Meter Backstroke S9, 4x100-Meter Medley Relay - 34 Points
In her second Paralympics, Aspden won a pair of medals.

McKenzie Coan – 400-Meter Freestyle S7
The three-time Paralympian now owns four gold medals. She also added a silver in the 100 free.

Mikaela Jenkins – 100-Meter Butterfly S10, 4x100-Meter Medley Relay - 34 Points
In her Paralympic debut, Jenkins took home a pair of gold medals.

Jessica Long – 200-Meter Individual Medley SM8, 100-Meter Butterfly S8, 4x100-Meter Medley Relay - 34 Points
The decorated star won three gold medals — and six total medals — to bring her totals to 15 golds and 29 medals over five Paralympic Games.

Elizabeth Marks – 100-Meter Backstroke S6
Marks broke the world record, winning in 1:19.57. She also won a silver medal in the 50 free.

Anastasia Pagonis – 400-Meter Freestyle S11

The 17-year-old won the gold medal and set the world record both in heats and the finals, ending with a final time of 4:54.49. To boot, the win was Team USA’s first in Tokyo. Pagonis added a bronze medal in the 200 IM.

Gia Pergolini – 100-Meter Backstroke S13
Another 17-year-old, Pergolini lowered the world record by nearly a half-second, finishing in 1:04.64.

Morgan Stickney – 400-Meter Freestyle S8, 4x100-Meter Medley Relay - 34 Points
It was a golden Paralympic debut for Stickney, who departed Tokyo with two gold medals.

Mallory Weggemann – 100-Meter Backstroke S7, 200-Meter Individual Medley SM7
In her third Paralympic Games, Weggemann earned a pair of gold medals, running her total to three.

4x100-Meter Medley Relay - 34 Points
Hannah Aspden, Mikaela Jenkins, Jessica Long and Morgan Stickney combined to win the gold.

Table Tennis – Men’s

Ian Seidenfeld celebrates after winning the Table Tennis Men's Singles Class 3 Gold Medal Match at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Aug. 28, 2021 in Tokyo. 

 

Ian Seidenfeld – Men’s Singles Class 6
Seidenfeld joined his father and coach, Mitch Seidenfeld, as a Paralympic gold medalist.

Track and Field – Men’s

Jeremy Campbell competes in the Men’s Discus Throw - F64 Final  during the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Sept. 02, 2021 in Tokyo. 

 

Jeremy Campbell – Discus Throw F64
A veteran of four Paralympics, Campbell brought home his fourth gold medal, and third in the discus.

Sam Grewe – High Jump T63
In the pouring rain at Tokyo Olympic Stadium, the world record-holder cleared 1.88 meters to win the gold medal. 

Raymond Martin – 100 Meters T52
With this gold medal, Martin now owns seven spanning three Paralympic Games. With two silvers as well, he is a 10-time medalist.

Nick Mayhugh – 100 Meters T37, 200 Meters T37, Mixed 4x100-Meter Medley Relay
Mayhugh set world records in both the 100 and 200 meters and was part of the world-record-setting U.S. team in the relay. In his first Paralympics, he also won silver in the 400.

Daniel Romanchuk – 400 Meters T54
Two-time Paralympian Daniel Romanchuk went from a 13th place finish in Rio in the 400 meters to claim the gold. He also won a bronze medal in the marathon.

Roderick Townsend – High Jump T47

Townsend jumped 2.15 meters in beating his 2019 world mark of 2.14 meters. In his second Paralympics, Townsend also won silver in the long jump after having won both in Rio.

Track and Field – Women’s

Breanna Clark celebrates winning the gold medal in the Women's 400m - T20 Final at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Aug. 31, 2021 in Tokyo. 

 

Breanna Clark – 400 Meters T20
Clark’s time of 55.18 seconds broke her own world record of 55.99, set in 2018, and was good enough to defend her gold medal from 2016.

Susannah Scaroni – 5,000 Meters T54
Now a three-time Paralympian, Scaroni took home her first gold medal. She also won a bronze medal in the 800.

 

Track and Field – Combined

Nick Mayhugh runs towards Tatyana McFadden in the 4x100m Universal Relay Final during the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Sept. 03, 2021 in Tokyo. 

 

Mixed 4x100-Meter Universal Relay
In the event’s Paralympic debut, the U.S. team of Noah Malone, Brittni Mason, Nick Mayhugh and Tatyana McFadden set the world record of 45.52 seconds.

Triathlon – Men’s

Brad Snyder and his guide Greg Billington compete in the men's triathlon category PTVI during the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 on August 28, 2021 in Tokyo. 

 

Brad Snyder- PTVI
The U.S. Navy veteran, already a five-time Paralympic gold medalist in swimming, won gold in his triathlon debut at the Games. Greg Billington was his guide.

Triathlon – Women’s

Kendall Gretsch crosses the finish line during the women's PTWC Triathlon at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Aug. 29, 2021 in Tokyo. 


Kendall Gretsch - PTWC
Also a Nordic skiing gold medalist, Gretsch added another one in her triathlon debut in dramatic fashion, edging Australia’s Lauren Parker by less than one second.

Allysa Seely – PTS2
Seely overcame multiple health issues this year to successfully defend her title.

Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team

Team USA celebrates winning gold in Men's Wheelchair Basketball at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Sept. 05, 2021 in Tokyo. 

 

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The Americans became back-to-back gold medalist by defeating host Japan.

Bob Reinert

Bob Reinert spent 17 years writing sports for The Boston Globe. He also served as a sports information director at Saint Anselm College and Phillips Exeter Academy. He is a contributor to USParaSwimming.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.