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2008 Summer Paralympics: News & Information

  • Synopsis: The 2008 Summer Paralympic Games, the thirteenth Paralympics, took place in Beijing, China from September 6 to September 17, 2008.

Definition: 2008 Paralympic Games

The 2008 Summer Paralympic Games, the thirteenth Paralympics, took place in Beijing, China from September 6 to 17, 2008. As with the 2008 Summer Olympics, equestrian events were held in Hong Kong and sailing events in Qingdao. 3,951 athletes from 146 countries took part.

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The 2008 Summer Paralympic Games, the thirteenth Paralympics, took place in Beijing, China from September 6 to September 17, 2008. Mainland China fielded more athletes than any other country.

As with the 2008 Summer Olympics, equestrian events were held in Hong Kong and sailing events in Qingdao.

Over 4,200 athletes from 148 countries took part in the 2008 games

This was the largest ever number of nations at the Paralympics (twelve more than in Athens), and several countries competed for the first time.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Philip Craven declared the Games "the greatest Paralympic Games ever."

Torch Relay

The torch relay of the 2008 Summer Paralympics started from Tian Tan (Temple of Heaven) on August 28.

The flame then gathered before The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests and followed two routes (the "Route of Ancient China" and the "Route of Modern China"). Both routes returned to Beijing on September 5, and the torch was flamed at the National Stadium during the Opening Ceremony on September 6.

The pre-ceremony performance was a succession of various musical performances, ranging from military music to folk music and a performance of Ode to Joy. Following a countdown, a fireworks display signaled the beginning of the ceremony proper. The national flag of China was then raised, in accordance with usual protocol, and the national anthem of China performed.

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Latest 2008 - Summer Publications

  1. Paralympics Final Day 17 September 2008
    The Chinese sports delegation has accomplished its goal at the Beijing Paralympic Games with fine sports performance and spirits.
  2. Results from Beijing China Paralympic Games 16 September 2008
    News and results from the second last day of the 2008 Paralympic Games action in Beijing China.
  3. Results Paralympics Beijing 15 September 2008
    The United States had another four gold winner in Jessica Long who fell short in an effort for a fifth gold Sunday and finished fifth in the 50 freestyle.
  4. Paralympic Games Results Beijing China 14 September 2008
    South African Olympic swimmer Natalie du Toit won her fifth gold of the Beijing Paralympics Sunday.
  5. Beijing China Paralympic Games Results 13 September 2008
    Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius won his second gold of the Paralympics Saturday to keep his triple sprint dream alive.


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