Marissa Papaconstantinou wins Canada’s 20th medal at Tokyo 2020

Canadian Paralympic Committee

September 03, 2021

Sprinter sets personal best for bronze in T64 100m


Marissa Papaconstantinou of Toronto earned Canada’s 20th medal at the Paralympic Games on Friday with a bronze in the women’s T64 100m sprint.

Marlene van Gansewinkel of the Netherlands was the winner in a Games record 12.78 seconds and Germany’s Irmgard Bensusan took the silver in 12.89. Papaconstantinou, running out of lane six, followed in a personal best 13.07.

The 21-year-old Papaconstantinou, born without a right foot and competes with a running blade, was member of the 2016 Rio team and has competed at three world championships. This is her first medal at a major international event.

With her bronze, Canada has reached the 20-medal mark with four gold, 10 silver and six bronze. It’s a seventh medal for Canada in Para athletics.

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