third day of competition at the Beijing Paralympics, with Heath Francis winning the only gold in track and field.
Australia claimed five medals on the third day of competition at the Beijing Paralympics, with Heath Francis winning the only gold in track and field.
Australia's other medals came from athletics, track cycling and swimming
Kath Proudfoot threw a personal best of 23.91m to claim silver in the discus (35/36) final behind China's Qing Wu.
Christopher Scott added another medal to his collection, taking bronze in the 1km time trial (CP4), while gold medalist Masashi Ishii of Japan posted a world record time of one minute, 8.771 seconds.
Blake Cochrane won Australia's only medal in the pool on the third day of competition, winning silver in the 100m breaststroke (SB7) in his Paralympic debut at the Water Cube.
Great Britain's Sascha Kindred took the gold in a world record time of 1:22.18, while Australia's Rhiannon Oliver came fifth in the women's 100m breaststroke (SB7) final.
Tarryn McGaw and Samatha Gandolfo finished seventh and eighth respectively in the 100m freestyle (S10) final behind a blistering world record swim by the USA's Ashley Owens.
Sarah Bowen, Andrew Pasterfield, Michael Anderson and Jeremy Tidy missed out on spots in their finals.
The Australian's men's wheelchair basketball team continued their winning form with a convincing 79-44 win over China, while the women's team were not as lucky, going down to USA 61-42 in their third match of the preliminary competition.
Pakistani power-lifter Naveed Ahmed Butt failed a doping test at the Beijing Paralympic Games, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said on Tuesday.
It is the first doping offense at the Sept. 6-17 Paralympics. Butt, 37, tested positive for methandienone metabolites, a steroid, and received a two-year ban, the IPC said in a statement.
Some 4,000 disabled athletes from 147 countries and regions are participating in the Beijing Paralympic Games running to September 17.
Power-lifting saw a new world record set on Tuesday, September 9 in Men's 48 kilogram category, when Ruel Ishaku of Nigeria lifted 169kg to break the WR, previously held by Wu Guoying, and Paralympic record set by Anthony Peddle of Great Britain.
"Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius from South Africa, kept his Paralympic triple sprint dream alive Tuesday, winning the 100m on the line in a dramatic race at a packed "Bird's Nest" National Stadium.
Swedish shooting great Jonas Jacobsson collected his 14th Paralympic gold medal Monday as host China climbed to the top spot in the gold medal standings.
China's Yao Juan reacts after winning the Women's Javelin F42-46 at the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, during the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games September 8, 2008.
Sascha Kindred made a dream start at the Paralympics as he broke his own world record on the way to clinching the fifth gold medal of his career. The Crawley swimmer, who is competing in his fourth Paralympics, came from behind to win the SM6 200m individual medley in Beijing in a time of 2min.42.19sec.
The gold rush continued for Britain's cyclists today with five more victories at the Beijing Paralympics, taking their gold medal haul above even that of their Olympic counterparts last month. Darren Kenny, Mark Bristow, Jody Cundy, Simon Richardson and Aileen McGlynn were all victorious at the Laoshan Velodrome to take Britain's cycling medal total to nine golds and one silver.
Charalambos Taiganidis added a second Paralympic medal to his tally yesterday. The Greek swimmer added a bronze medal in the 400-meters freestyle S13 to the silver he won on Sunday in the 100-meters butterfly.
Oscar Pistorius has won his first gold medal of the Beijing Paralympics. He came from behind to win the 100m T44 final in dramatic fashion and, in the process, took Team SA's medal tally up to six.
Gabriel Shelly won Ireland's first medal of the Paralympic Games when the Carlow athlete defeated home favorite Yi Wang of China to secure bronze in the Boccia BC1 class. The Bagnelstown native, who won gold at the Sydney Games in 2000, contested the semi-final but lost 4 - 1 to long-time rival Antonio Marques of Portugal. However, in the play-off match for bronze Shelly regrouped to deny Wang 6 - 2.
In athletics, Giorgos Pappas finished fourth in the shot put F44 with his best effort at 15.04 meters. Dimitris Zissidis was also fourth in the shot put F32, with a throw of 8.69 meters.
Andre Brasil from Brasil finished the men's 100m butterfly for S10 competitors in 56.47 to begin Day 2's competition. In the final event of the day, South Africa's Natalie du Toit won her second gold in as many days by taking the women's S9 100m freestyle (1:01.44).
Du Toit, who finished 16th among 25 competitors in 10km marathon swim at last month's Olympics, and Polish table tennis player Natalia Partyka are the only athletes in Beijing appearing in both the Olympics and Paralympics.
A Paralympic wheelchair race will be repeated even though the medal ceremony has already been held. The women's 5,000 meters on Monday evening saw a huge pile-up less than 100 meters from the finishing line, taking six athletes out of the race. In the interests of fairness to all concerned, it was decided that the race should be held again. The incident involved all three medalists from the 2004 Athens Paralympics - Japan's Wakako Tsuchida, Switzerland's Edith Hunkeler and Cheri Blauwet from the United States.
Hong Kong is hosting the equestrian events at state-of-the-art facilities in rural Sha Tin because China could not guarantee the health of the horses. A record 73 athletes and 71 horses from 28 countries are participating in nine dressage events that run until September 11.
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