Wednesday night and Thursday morning offered some of the best action seen at the Tokyo Paralympics yet. From incredible comebacks in goalball and the women's 4x100m medley relay in the swimming pool to legendary Paralympians adding to their medal count, Day 9 had it all.

Look back at some of the key highlights from Day 9 below.

Track & Field

In the day's first race on the track, 19-year-old American Noah Malone took silver in the men's 400m T12 final for visually impaired athletes. Malone, a Division I athlete at Indiana State University, led coming off the final turn but could not hold off Morocco's Abdeslam Hili, who crossed the line first in 47.59, a world record.

Malone, who also won silver in the 100m T12, hoped his performances served to inspire others with visual impairments. "When I lost my vision I wished I had somebody to look up to. That's my biggest goal, to inspire people. This is a great platform to do so," Malone said after the race.

Moments later, China's Wen Xiaoyan won her third gold medal of the Tokyo Games in the women's 100m T37, also in world record time of 13.00. Team USA's Jaleen Roberts finished 0.16 later for the silver medal, the first of her Paralympic career. Roberts has cerebral palsy.

Many eyes were fixated on Tatyana McFadden during the morning session, but it was Cheri Madsen who took a medal in the women's 400m T54 final. Madsen crossed the finish line in 53.91, narrowly being outpaced by Switzerland's Manuela Schaer (53.59) to take silver. McFadden finished fourth with a time of 54.35.

In the men's discus throw final (F64), Jeremy Campbell added to Team USA's medal count by winning gold with an impressive throw of 60.22 meters. The 34-year-old Texas native now has four Paralympic gold medals under his belt, including a pair from the Beijing Paralympics in 2008.


USA's Elizabeth Smith earned a silver medal in the women's 100m butterfly S9 final, finishing with a time of 1:08.22 behind only Zsofia Konkoly of Hungary. Also competing in the final was fellow U.S. swimmer Summer Schmit, who finished in sixth place.

However, Team USA saved the best for last to wrap up the morning's session as its four-member squad of Jessica Long, Hannah Aspden, Mikaela Jenkins and Morgan Stickney took gold in the women's 4x100m medley relay. After some strong swimming from Long to close the gap, Stickney rallied back from fourth place on the final leg of the race to blow past the Aussies and Russian swimmers to complete the comeback of a lifetime.

With this gold, Long now has a remarkable 28 Paralympic medals to her name at just 29 years old.

Wheelchair Basketball

Team USA's women's wheelchair basketball team fell to China by a score of 41-36 in their semifinal tilt Thursday morning. The U.S. got off to a solid start, taking an early 9-6 lead in the game's first 10 minutes. However, China responded with a strong second quarter, outscoring the U.S. 14-6 before holding off the Americans' late push and securing a spot in the gold medal game.

Rose Hollermann shot just 36 percent from the field, but still led the U.S. with 13 points and five assists. China shot just 30 percent from the field in total, but dominated from the free throw line thanks to their ability to draw fouls from the Americans.

The United States will try to take the bronze medal against Germany Saturday morning at 4:45 a.m. ET. China, meanwhile, will take on the Netherlands after the bronze medal game to compete for gold.


The United States men will play for goalball bronze after falling to China in the semifinal round, 8-1. The Americans got on the board first with a Calahan Young goal on his first throw, but the Chinese defense repelled any further damage after that.

The U.S., silver medalists in Rio, will chase a second consecutive Paralympic medal against Lithuania in the bronze medal match. China will face Brazil for the gold.

On the women's side, Team USA pulled off an amazing comeback against Brazil to earn a trip to the gold medal match. Jessica Gomes scored a pair of goals for Brazil to give her squad the early lead. The score remained 2-0 for much of the contest until Amanda Dennis cut the Brazil lead in half with 2:28 remaining in the second half. Soon thereafter, Dennis struck yet again to tie the game at two goals apiece with 15.4 seconds to go, ultimately forcing overtime. The contest went to extra throws after neither team could score a golden goal in extra time, and after Eliana Mason converted on her throw and pulled off a clutch save to put the U.S. in the driver's seat, Mindy Cook sealed the deal with a massive stop on Brazil's final throw from Ana Gabriely Brito Assuncao, securing the 5-4 victory for Team USA.

The U.S. women will take on Turkey for the gold medal early Friday morning at 4:45 a.m. ET.

Road Cycling

Dame Sarah Storey is now Great Britain's most decorated Paralympian ever. The 43-year-old won the women's C4-5 road race in 2:21:51 in the pouring rain for her 17th gold medal and 28th overall.

The first 16 of Storey's medals came as a swimmer from 1992 to 2004. In the time since, she has won 12 medals between track and road cycling, all gold. She was born without function in her left hand due to it being entangled in the umbilical cord in the womb.

American Shawn Morelli, the gold medalist in the C4 time trial earlier in the Games, finished ninth in the road race.