Published on September 19th, 2016 | by mpower
Rio Paralympic Rundown: Final
What happened on Day 11 of competition
Iran returned to the top of the podium in men’s sitting volleyball, defeating Bosnia and Herzegovina and dedicating the victory to cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad, who died in a crash while racing a day earlier. Egypt topped Brazil for the bronze medal.
China’s Zou Lihong pipped Tatyana McFadden at the finish to take gold in the women’s marathon T54. China finished with 239 medals, 107 for gold.Amanda McGrory slipped over the line for bronze, her third medal of the Games.
It was an equally close finish in the men’s marathon T54 with the Swiss silver bullet Marcel Hug finishing one second ahead of Australia’s Kurt Fearnley.
Edneusa Dorta grabbed Brazil’s final medal of the Games with silver in the women’s marathon T12. It was the 72nd medal for the host nation, good enough for sixth in the table on overall medals. Brazilian swimmer Daniel Dias finished with nine medals total, tops among all athletes.
Australia captured the gold medal over the United States in an epic double overtime, 59-58, to repeat as Paralympic champions in wheelchair rugby.Japan topped Canada for bronze and their first medal in the sport.
“The People’s Paralympics” So said International Paralympic Committee president Sir Philip Craven. Here’s a quick summary:
“One month ago, as many as 10 nations may have missed out due to lack of travel funds. In the end, 159 nations plus one Paralympic Athlete team of refugees competed with 83 different nations going home with at least one medal. One month ago, only 12% of tickets had sold. In the end, over 2 million tickets were sold, including hundreds of thousands to school children as part of the #Filltheseats campaign. Sir Craven awarded the Paralympic Order to the people of Rio for “their outstanding support of the Paralympic Games”.