Sugiura becomes Japan's oldest gold medalist

Cyclist Sugiura Keiko has become Japan's oldest-ever Paralympic gold medalist. In the women's road time trial, the 50-year-old left her younger competitors in the dust.

The 16-kilometer event took place on Tuesday at a speedway near Mt. Fuji, west of Tokyo.

Sugiura was once a triathlon enthusiast. But five years ago, she was left with a brain injury after crashing in a race.

She has lost none of her stamina since becoming a para athlete. On Tuesday, she crossed the line more than 20 seconds ahead of the runner up.

American Oksana Masters won the time trial in a different category. It's her first gold medal at a summer Games.
Masters is originally from an area of Ukraine close to the disaster-stricken Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The 32-year-old was born with legs of differing lengths after her mother was exposed to radiation. Both were amputated above the knee.

Masters has since competed in five straight summer and winter Paralympics, starting with rowing at London 2012. In 2018, she won two golds in cross-country skiing.