Latin America’s first Paralympics will be remembered as the peoples’ Games, where the people of Rio turned out in big numbers to support athletes of all countries. The Games were also the best ever in terms of athletic performance with many stand-out performances highlighting the twelve days of great sporting action.
For the first time ever, an Independent Paralympic Athletes team took part featuring two refugee athletes and more countries than ever before won at least one Paralympic medal. A record of 1 670 female athletes also took part, more than double the number that took part at the Atlanta 1996 Paralympics.
The Rio Paralympic Games 2016 featured 22 sports, two more than London 2012, with canoe and triathlon making their Paralympic debut.
China topped the medals table for a fourth successive Paralympic Games, claiming 239 medals in total – made up of 107 gold, 81 silver and 51 bronze. The rest of the top five was made up of Great Britain, Ukraine, USA and Australia.
Kazakhstan (1 gold), Georgia (1 gold), Malaysia (3 golds), Uzbekistan (8 golds) and Vietnam (1 gold) won Paralympic titles for the first time, whilst Cape Verde, Mozambique, Qatar and Uganda claimed their first ever medals at a Paralympic Games.
In total 83 countries won at least one medal, the most ever in Paralympic history.
The Rio 2016 Paralympics were the best Games ever in terms of athletic performance.
Belarusian swimmer Ihar Boki was the most highly decorated athlete, taking home six gold medals and a bronze. In track and field, the USA’s Tatyana McFadden claimed six medals, made up of four golds and two silver, whilst Cuba’s Omara Durand reaffirmed her position as the world’s fastest female Paralympian, winning three sprint golds and breaking two world records.
In powerlifting, Iran’s Siamand Rahman created history by becoming the first Paralympian to lift over 300kg. The world’s strongest Paralympian eventually lifted a staggering 310kg.
The “Paralympic Pele” Jefinho was the star of the show in football 5-a-side, scoring some outstanding goals as Brazil claimed its fourth successive Paralympic title in the sport.
After adding to their bulging medal collections in Rio, Great Britain’s Sarah Storey and New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe became the most decorated Paralympians from their respective countries.
The star performer for the hosting country Brazil was swimmer Daniel Dias who, in winning nine medals, made the podium more than any other athlete at the Games. He finished with four gold, three silver and two bronze medals.
Kit Us Out in Rio
During the Rio Paralympic Games we were based in the athletes’ village and we managed to give out over 2 500 items of kit supporting athletes and teams from over 50 developing nations, taking part at the Games. This was only made possible through the donations we received, enabling us to buy kit in the UK to take out with us and to also purchase additional kit on the ground.
To see first hand the impact the basic kit we give out has, is both humbling and inspiring. We strongly believe that access to basic kit should never be a barrier to those competing and with your support we will continue to do all we can to level the playing field in Para- sport.
Thank you so much for being a part of our journey!