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 locomotor system impairments.
Safonova, 33, is Russia’s merited master of sports. In 2012, she was third at the London Paralympics representing Ukraine. She joined the Russian Paralympic team in 2016. In 2017, she won European and World Championships.
Team RPC is currently in 4th place in the medal count, with 15 gold, 11 silver and 28 bronze awards. The first place currently belongs to China (47-30-29), followed by the UK (24-19-19), with the US in third place (15-17-9).
The 2020 Summer Paralympic Games in Japan’s Tokyo are being held between August 24 and September 5, 2021. In March 2020, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced their decision to postpone the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Japan for one year due to the continuous COVID-19 spread.
Team RPC at 2020 Summer Paralympics in Japan
The team of national athletes from Russia at the 2020 Summer Paralympic Games in Japan includes 242 athletes, while the overall number of the RPC delegation in Tokyo stands at 432 people. The selected Paralympians from Russia are fighting for medals in 19 out of the 22 sports competitions on the program of the quadrennial event.
Russian athletes are competing in the 2020 Summer Paralympic Games in Tokyo under the flag and logo of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) instead of the Russian national flag and state emblem.
The national anthem of Russia is also under sanctions at the Paralympics in Japan. The First Piano Concerto by Pyotr Tchaikovsky was selected to be played at awarding ceremonies for Russian Paralympians in Tokyo.