TOKYO (September 1, 2021) – At 32 years old, Team Toyota athlete Oksana Masters won her 10th Paralympic medal in Tokyo, winning the women’s cycling road race H5 event at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Wednesday, September 1.
Masters won her second gold medal of the Games, and second Paralympic medal in cycling, with a time of 2:23:39, which also marks her first win in a major road race competition. She also won the women’s cycling time trial H4-5 on Tuesday. Inclusive of summer and winter, Tokyo 2020 is Masters’ fifth consecutive Games, and she has now won Paralympic medals in all four of her sports – rowing, cross-country skiing, biathlon and cycling.
“I can’t believe it,” said Masters. “I’ve never won a road race in my life and didn’t think I’d win a road race in my life. I just feel like I’m on cloud nine right now. I was so nervous. I did not trust myself. The minute that clock went, my body went on autopilot. It just doesn’t seem real. I wanted to prove to myself that it wasn’t a one-off; it wasn’t a fluke; it wasn’t an accident. I’m growing as a cyclist, and I’m making the changes I needed to. I just can’t wait to go from this moment and see where it takes me.”
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