At the Tokyo Paralympics, former military athletes who were injured and injured while stationed in Afghanistan are also active.

Gold at the American Snyder Triathlon

Brad Snyder, 37, from the United States, lost his eyesight when he stepped on an explosive in Afghanistan in 2011 when he was a member of the United States Navy.

Still, he never lost his desire to try new things, and participated in the well-held Paralympic London Games and the previous Rio Games, winning a total of five gold medals in the men's visually impaired class.

In this tournament, the event was changed to triathlon, and in the race held on the 28th of last month, when he took the lead in his favorite swim, he kept the lead and won the race with a time of 1 hour, 1 minute and 16 seconds.

After the race, Snyder told CNN TV, "It's been a really long way. Thank you for coming here."

On the other hand, regarding the situation in Afghanistan, "We have tried to suppress violence for 20 years, but stability has not come," he revealed in his complicated heart.

Gold on a British Bangus bike

British national team Jaco van Gass, 35, was hit by a rocket in Afghanistan in 2009 when he was in the British Army and lost his left elbow.

Even so, he made his first Paralympic appearance in this tournament, and in the class of motor dysfunction of the individual cycling men's pursuit held on the 26th of last month, when he broke the world record in the qualifying, he won the gold medal in the final with a time of 3: 20.987. Did.

"I'm relieved to win because I've had far more setbacks than successes to get here, and I think it would be great if someone could give me courage," Bangus told the BBC. ..

Copper at Yule Powerlifting in England

The same British player, Miki Yule, 42, lost both legs when he stepped on an explosive in Afghanistan in 2010 when he was in the British Army.

Yule, who won the bronze medal in the powerlifting men's 72 kg class on the 28th of last month, told Twitter with a picture of the medal, "This is the most valuable thing to me. Thank you to everyone who supported me. I will. "