Synopsis: Forty six paralympic medal events were contested Wednesday with 17 in track and field leading the way.
Forty-six medal events were contested Wednesday with 17 in track and field leading the way. Of the 12 medal events in swimming, Russia, Britain and the United States won two gold medals each. The other golds went to South Africa, New Zealand, Greece, Canada, Ukraine and Australia.
Swimmer Haralambos Taiganidis celebrates winning his gold medal and breaking the world record in Beijing yesterday. Haralambos Taiganidis provided Greece with its first gold medal in the Paralympic Games in Beijing as he clocked a world record in the final of the 100-meter freestyle S13 on Wednesday.
Greece added an eighth medal to its collection from this Paralympics when Yiannis Protos finished third in the 400-meter T13 in athletics to claim Greece's fourth bronze medal.
Swimmer Valerie Grand'Maison picked up her third gold medal of the Paralympic Games on Wednesday by breaking her own world record in the women's 100-meter freestyle for the visually impaired.
In the women's 400-meter T53 wheelchair final, Illana Duff from Saskatoon finished sixth in a Canadian record time of 58.93. Andre Beaudoin of Montreal was fourth in the men's 200-meter T52 classification in 32.07.
At the Water Cube, Bergeron, from St-Augustin de Desmautes, Que., won the men's 200-meter T52 classification in a Paralympic record time of 30.81 seconds.
Ireland's Michael McKillop, smashes the 800m World Record and wins Gold at the Paralympics. He won in a time of 1:59:39. Brad Scott of Australia was second more than 3 seconds back and French Mastouri was 3rd.
Roy Perkins of the U.S. set a world record in the men's 50 fly - S5 with a time of 35.95. Meanwhile, Brazil's Daniel Dias took second in 36.25, while China's He Junquan earned third in 37.07.
In the men's 400 free relay - 34 points, Great Britain set the world record when Matt Walker (S7), Graham Edmunds (S10), David Roberts (S7) and Robert Welbourn (S10) won in 3:51.43.
Great Britain's Shelly Woods has criticized Paralympics Games organizers for asking her to hand back her silver medal after judges decided to re-run the T54 5,000 meters following a mass pile-up during the race.
German wheelchair basketball player Ahmet Coskun was sent home from the Paralympic Games on Wednesday after failing a pre-Games doping test. German officials said Coskun's urine test on Aug. 23 showed the presence of the banned substance Finasteride. The substance is used as a treatment for baldness, but also can mask the use of steroids.
U.S. swimmer Erin Popovich, who stands 1.34 meters tall, snared her third gold medal of the Beijing Paralympics Tuesday evening with a world-record time of 1:31.60 in the women's SB7 100m breaststroke.
Grey-Thompson's name is synonymous with Paralympic athletics having won 11 gold, four silver and one bronze medal across five Games but she is now known as 'the most medaled British female athlete' after the International Paralympic Association discovered swimmer Mike Kenny, who won 16 golds across four Games in the 1970s and 1980s.
Lucy Ogechukwu Ejike of Nigeria, a three-time Paralympian, claimed the women's 48kg category gold with a world record. The 31-year-old made her Paralympic debut in 2000 Sydney Paralympics, and took a silver in the 44kg category.
China surprisingly beat New Zealand and Hong Kong and advanced to quarterfinals of the boccia Mixed Team category Wednesday with the two straight wins.
Jeff Fabry (Tulare, Calif.) finished second in his category; he will not compete tomorrow but earns a free pass to the 1/8 eliminations, also known as a "bye," on Thursday.
U.S. archers T.J. Pemberton (Moore, Okla.), Eric Bennett (Surprise, Ariz.), Lindsey Carmichael (Lago Vista, Tx.), and Chuck Lear (Lee's Summit, Mo.) were all ranked in the top 20 of their categories by the end of the morning.
Four members of the U.S. archery team made their Paralympic Games debut. They include Joe Bailey (Flushing, Mich.), who finished 6 out of 20 in today's ranking rounds, Bennett, T.J. Pemberton (Moore, Okla.), and Russell Wolfe (Williamsburg, Va.).
Bailey's 6th place finish in the debut of the Men's individual Compound Open category earned him a bye for the 1/16th eliminations, a day off until the 1/8th eliminations on Thursday.
The U.S. Men's Wheelchair Basketball Team suffered its first defeat of the 2008 Paralympic Games on Tuesday, losing to Great Britain 54-50 in preliminary round play. The U.S. team never got in a rhythm offensively and had a difficult time stopping British sharp-shooter Jon Pollock, who led all players with 19 points.
The U.S. Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team defeated Australia, 61-42, to remain unbeaten in pool play. Tuesday's game was a rematch of the gold medal game from the Paralympic Games four years ago in Athens, which was also won by the Americans.
Australia's Kathryn Ross and John Maclean produced one of the most controlled victories of the day when they took out the first repechage of the mixed double sculls over Britain's James Roberts and Karen Cromie with a winning margin of 10.50 seconds.
Tan Yeteng of China and Ronald Harvey of the United States staged a tense two-way battle for the entire length of the 1000m course to take the first two berths of the men's repechage races.
The four rowers will in Thursday's final join 2006 world champion Helene Raynsford from Britain and Ukraine's Svitlana Kupriianova, who earned direct entry after finishing top of respective heat on Tuesday.