The Mongolian national team that competed in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games returned home at 1:00 a.m. on September 24. Eight Mongolian athletes competed in five sports events at this year’s Paralympics, and brought two bronze medals.

Mongolian judoka B.Uugankhuu won a bronze medal in the men’s 60 kg category, and powerlifting athlete E.Sodnompiljee claimed a bronze medal in the men’s 88 kg category.

The two athletes’ family, friends, the Mongolian National Paralympic Committee, Suld Sports Committee, Mongolian National Federation of the Blind, and representatives from sports federations welcomed them at Chinggis Khaan International Airport.

During the welcoming ceremony, Paralympic bronze medalist B.Uugankhuu said, “The judo tournament takes place on the first day of the Paralympic Games. September 8 was a hard day for me. I didn’t want to let down my teammates and Mongolians’ hope. I concentrated on my technique during Rio 2016. I think I did well.”

B.Uugankhuu with his family
B.Uugankhuu with his family

“I was very happy that I started the medal tally of the Mongolian team at the Rio 2016. The moment when I was standing on the medal podium was very precious. I want to thank the Mongolian Judo Association, president of the association Kh.Battulga and president of the Mongolia Para-Judo Association Kh.Tsagaanbaatar. Thank you all,” he added.

E.Sodnompiljee at Chinggis Khaan International Airport
E.Sodnompiljee at Chinggis Khaan International Airport

Powerlifting athlete E.Sodnompiljee said, “I am very satisfied that we have returned from Rio 2016 with medals. I am proud of myself because I added a new achievement in the Mongolian powerlifting history. My wish came true at Rio 2016. The judging at Rio 2016 Paralympics was strict. But a decision is a decision. I thought I lifted 217 kg but there was a technical mistake. The top 10 athletes selected from 46 countries competed in the men’s 88 kg category. The tournament was very competitive. Athlete of Saudi Arabia Mohammed lifted 220 kg and seized a gold medal. He is a two-time Paralympics champion. A champion is a champion. He was very good. I am very happy that I won a Paralympic medal along with him.”

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