News and results from the second last day of the 2008 Paralympic Games action in Beijing China.
SOUTH African swimming star Natalie du Toit yesterday said she was eyeing London 2012 after winning five Paralympic gold medals and competing in the Beijing Olympics.
In the men's wheelchair basketball final, Australia beat Canada 72-60. Britain defeated the U.S. 85-77 for the bronze. The Canadian men found themselves standing in an unfamiliar spot on the podium Tuesday after losing 72-60 to Australia in the wheelchair basketball final at the Paralympic Games. The Canadians had won the gold medal at the 2004 Athens Paralympics and in 2000 at Sydney. The team was fifth in 1996 in Atlanta.
Oscar Pistorius completed his gold-medal haul at the Paralympics on Tuesday, winning the 400 meters to go with sprint victories in the 100 and 200. Jim Bob Bizzell of the United States won the silver medal at the Bird's Nest National Stadium, the venue for Olympic track and field. Ian Jones of Britain took the bronze. Pistorius, who won gold in the 200 in the Athens Paralympics, runs on carbon-fiber blades. He was born without a fibula, a bone in the lower leg, and both legs were amputated below the knees when he was 11 months old.
In wheelchair rugby, the USA beat Great Britain 35-32 to earn a berth in the gold-medal game. The Americans play Australia Tuesday.
Chantal Petitclerc's legacy will be much larger than the 14 gold medals she won over a span of five Paralympic Games. What the wheelchair racer from Montreal did is raise the profile of Paralympic athletes while earning the respect of her teammates and competitors. "She's a big inspiration for me," said Britain's Shelly Woods, one of the athletes who will follow the path Petitclerc blazed. "She's one of my heroines.
Australia's wheelchair rugby team will play for a gold medal against the United States, after downing Canada in extra time 41-40.
The U.S. women's wheelchair basketball team beat Germany 50-38 to claim the gold medal. The U.S. defended the championship it won in Athens in 2004. Christina Ripp led the team with 16 points.
Andre Brasil of Brazil captured his fourth individual gold, and fifth medal overall, with a Paralympics record time of 4:05.84 in the men's 400 free - S10. Robert Welbourn of Great Britain took second in 4:07.61, while Benoit Huot of Canada finished third in 4:12.14.
China and Iran shared the last two golds of power-lifting on Tuesday. In the men's 100kg category, Chinese Qi Dong, winner of the event in 2007 European Championships, won the gold with a new world record. Chinese power-lifters took nine of the 20 gold medals on offer. Egypt took the second place with four golds, three silvers and three bronzes, while Nigeria finished third with 2-3-1.
World-record holder Christos Tampaxis of Greece just missed his global standard with a time of 1:23.15 in the men's 50 back - S1. He previously set the world record with a 1:21.25 in April. Teammate Andreas Katsaros took second in 1:44.53, while Portugal's Joao Martins finished third in 1:47.76.
The Australian men's four by 100 meter, 34 point relay team showed composure to win gold in world record time at the Paralympics Games, in Beijing.
In the men's shot put, Iraq war veteran Scott Winkler of Grovetown, Ga., finished in fifth place, setting a new personal best "11.27 meters and 995 points.
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