Why Ukraine’s Small Paralympic Team Packs Such a Big Punch

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Why Ukraine’s Small Paralympic Team Packs Such a Big Punch

The Ukrainians finished fifth in the overall medal standings in Tokyo with 98, just six fewer than the United States, despite having a much smaller delegation.

Roman Polianskyi of Ukraine won gold in men’s PR1 single sculls, a rowing event, in Tokyo.Credit…Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

By Gwen Knapp

Published Sept. 6, 2021Updated Sept. 7, 2021, 8:54 a.m. ET

TOKYO — In American sports terms, the Paralympians of Ukraine constitute a small-market marvel, the Slavic equivalent of the Oakland Athletics.

At the Tokyo Paralympics, which ended Sunday, the Ukrainians finished fifth in the overall medal standings with 98, just six fewer than the United States. Each of the top four countries — China, Britain, Russia and the United States — had more than 220 athletes in Tokyo, while Ukraine brought 139.

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