Italian fencer wins wheelchair foil gold in Tokyo

Italian wheelchair fencer Beatrice Maria Vio has won the gold medal in the women's foil event for the second straight time.

The 24-year-old is better known as "Bebe" Vio. Her legs and forearms were amputated when she was 11 after she contracted meningitis.

Her positive attitude towards life and her commitment to her sport has inspired many people around the world. Over a million people follow her on Instagram.

She showed her overwhelming speed on Saturday and defeated China's Zhou Jingjing in the final.

After the match, she said the past year has been tough with so many painful situations. She said she could not have won gold without her team by her side.

The men's sitting volleyball featured the tallest athlete ever to compete at a Paralympics.

Iran's Morteza Mehrzadselakjani is 2 meters and 46 centimeters tall. He normally uses a wheelchair or crutches after a bicycle accident when he was a teenager.

He scored a team-high of 18 points as his country beat Germany in straight sets in the preliminary round. Iran is aiming for its seventh gold medal in the event.

Saturday also featured one of the Paralympics' most unique sports. Boccia is a precision ball sport similar to curling and lawn bowls. Players take turns throwing or rolling colored balls as close as possible to a white target ball.

Three-time Paralympic champion Watcharaphon Vongsa from Thailand won his first match in the preliminary round. The athlete with cerebral palsy is expected to win both individual and team titles in the Games.