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Most Successful Paralympics in Russian History
10.09.2012 11:54
Most Successful Paralympics in Russian History

Russian paralympi sportsmen have concluded the London Games winning a total of 102 medals and taking the second place in an unofficial medal count.

      On Sunday, Russian football team made a perfect completion of Russia's participation in the Games, beating Ukraine for gold in the men’s football 7x7. That win brought Russia the 36th and the last golden medal and propelled the country to runner-up in the medal table behind China.

      Team Russia has been participating in the Paralympic Games since 1996, but this year's result is the greatest achievement for the Russian Paralympic movement after the team took home 18 golden medals in Beijing four years ago, 16 at Athens 2004, 15 at Sydney 2000 and 9 at Atlanta 1996. Besides the gold, Russians won 38 silver and 28 bronze medals.

      As it had been expected, Russian sportsmen showed the greatest results in athletics, where 19 gold were won, and the pool, where they claimed 13 wins.

      The most successful paralympian is a swimmer Oksana Savchenko, who took home five gold medals, claiming a world record in the 50 meters freestyle en route.

      As well as at the "Big" Olympics, China topped the unofficial medal podium again with enormous 231 medals including 95 gold, while hosts Britain came a close third with 34 gold.

Author: Julia Alieva

Tags: Russian sport Paralympics 2012 Russian paralympic sportsmen Russian sportsmen  

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