In the final, the Russian athlete lost to Kelly van Zon representing the Netherlands 8:11, 11: 3, 11: 4, 5:11, 8:11. The athletes performed in Class 7 for people with disabilities of the musculoskeletal system.
Safonova, 33, is the deserved master of Russian sport. In 2012, she finished third at the London Paralympic Games, representing Ukraine. She joined the Russian Paralympic team in 2016. In 2017, she won the European and World Championships.
The RPC team is currently in 4th place in medal count, with 15 gold, 11 silver and 28 bronze. The first place currently belongs to China (47-30-29), followed by the United Kingdom (24-19-19), with the United States in third place (15-17-9).
The 2020 Paralympic Summer Games in Tokyo, Japan run from August 24 to September 5, 2021. In March 2020, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced their decision to postpone the Olympic Games and the 2020 Summer Paralympic Games in Japan for one year due to the continued spread of COVID-19.
The RPC team at the 2020 Summer Paralympic Games in Japan
The Russian national athlete team at the 2020 Paralympic Summer Games in Japan includes 242 athletes, while the total number of the RPC delegation in Tokyo stands at 432. The selected Paralympians from Russia are fighting for medals in 19 of the 22 sporting competitions on the program of the quadrennial event.
Russian athletes compete in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Summer Games under the flag and logo of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) instead of the Russian national flag and state emblem.
Russia’s national anthem is also under sanctions at the Paralympic Games in Japan. Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto has been selected to be performed at the Russian Paralympian award ceremonies in Tokyo.