The end is good, everything is good. On the last day of the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, the Slovak team won the eleventh medal and the fifth gold medal.
Veronika Vadovičová with a gold medal.
She was won by paraglider Veronika Vadovičová in the discipline R6 mix – any small caliber 60 in the SH1 category.
Vadovičová qualified for the eight-member final with the fourth best shot in the qualification 620.3 points and in the final she achieved a performance of 248.9, which is a new record for the Paralympic Games.
She defeated the silver Swede Anna Normann by 4 tenths of a point. The Spaniard Juan Antonio Saavedra (226.3) won the bronze. Another Slovak, Radoslav Malenovský, failed in the qualification, in which he took 35th place.
Vadovičová threw all the shooting pitch behind her head, which accompanied her until the last day in Tokyo. The experienced 38-year-old Trnavčana traveled to the capital of Japan with medal ambitions, but in the first three performances she still lacked something in precious metal.
She finished sixth and sixth. In the end, she received the medal in the discipline in which she was “up to” sixth in Rio de Janeiro five years ago.
“I guess it’s because there was no pressure on me anymore. I went to compete with humility. Don’t do shame. And just go for what I have trained. And it worked out a bit, “she said for spv.sk.
Vadovičová is the most successful Slovak summer Paralympian. Only she and the parastol tennis player Ján Riapoš have four gold medals, but while the chairman of the SPV also has bronze, Vadovičová one silver and one bronze each:
“It’s great. I must thank everyone who kept their fingers crossed for me. Even to those who trusted me before the last discipline. I’m glad I was able to please them. “
“It’s all the more beautiful because it’s a competition where he shoots with the men. Fighting them is really hard work. One bad shot, one nine is enough and the order is immediately mixed.
But when there were only four competitors left in the final, I believed in the medal. At that time, she was already driven by a decent lead, “her coach Milan Goleňa told spv.sk.
Slovak paratroopers won the eleventh medal on the final day of PH 2020 and ended the peak of the season and the five-year period with a balance of 5 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze medals.
Overall, they are ranked 26th in the country rankings. The Slovaks almost completely repeated their performances from PH 2016, when they also won 11 precious metals with a balance of 5–3–3 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In the era of Slovak independence, it was the third most successful paralympics in Tokyo, in Athens in 2004 Slovakia had one extra bronze compared to Rio (5–3–4).
1. Veronika VADOVIČOVÁ (SR) 248.9 b, 2. Anna Normannová (Sweden) 248.5, 3. Juan Antonio Saavedra Reinaldo (Šp.) 226.3, kval in qual .: 35. Radoslav MALENOVSKÝ (SR) 609.3