Shingo Kunieda was also flawless on his way to singles gold in wheelchair tennis as he became the first player to win three Paralympic titles (following singles victory in Beijing and London) and the only wheelchair tennis player to win medals at five different Games.
Marcel Hug, the Swiss Para-athletics champion, won four golds at Tokyo in the T54 wheelchair event, claiming the 800m, 1500m, 5000m and marathon races. He broke new ground in the most emphatic way: a Paralympic record in the 5000m heats and world records in the 1500m (in the final at the Japan National Stadium) and marathon, upon his return to Japan for the Oita Marathon, smashing by more than two minutes the mark set by compatriot Heinz Frei in the same race, 22 years earlier.
Three golds, two different sports. That was Jetze Plat’s incredible goal going into the Paralympics. The Dutchman successfully defended his men's PTWC triathlon title, then three days later he won the H4 road cycling time trial, before securing gold in the men's road race the following day. Documenting the pain he was experiencing in his shoulders during one particularly torturous training regime in a blog post entitled Why Am I Even Doing This? written in May 2020, Plat concluded: “Because I want to do everything to get three golds at the Toyko Paralympics.”
Challenge accepted. Or, as they say in Tokyo: Shobu o uketetatsu.