Paralympics highlights from Tuesday
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Brazil win the men’s 4×100 relay, India claim a rare gold, Croatia take table tennis honours and the crowd rise to the courage of a swimmer nicknamed the ‘Amphibian Namibian’ at the Paralympics.
SHOWS: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (SEPTEMBER 13, 2016) (IOC – SEE RESTRICTIONS ABOVE BEFORE USE)
1. BRAZIL’S JERONIMO DA SILVA GETTING READY FOR THE MEN’S 4 X 100M RELAY T11-T13 FINAL
2. DA SILVA RUNNING THE OPENING LEG OF THE RELAY
3. BRAZIL’S FELIPE GOMEZ WINNING THE FINAL LEG TO TAKE GOLD
4. DA SILVA JOINING IN THE CELEBRATIONS
5. VARIOUS OF CROATIA’S SANDRA PAOVIC (RED) BEATING STEPHANIE GREBE OF GERMANY IN THE TABLE TENNIS WOMEN’S SINGLES CLASS 6 FINAL
6. PAOVIC GETTING HER GOLD MEDAL
7. EQUESTRIAN, VARIOUS OF ANN CATHRIN LUBBE OF NORWAY RIDING DONATELLO TO VICTORY IN THE GRADE THREE INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP TEST
8. INDIA’S DEVENDRA JHAJHARIA WINNING THE JAVELIN F46 EVENT WITH A THROW OF 63.97 METRES
9. IBRAHIM AL HUSSEIN OF THE INDEPENDENT PARALYMPIC ATHLETES PREPARING TO COMPETE IN THE SWIMMING 50M FREESTYLE S9 HEATS
10. AL HUSSEIN FINISHING HIS HEAT
11. GIDEON NASILOWSKI OF NAMIBIA PREPARING TO COMPETE IN A SWIMMING 50M FREESTYLE S3 HEAT
12. HEAT FINISHING WITH A WORLD RECORD FOR CHINA’S WENPAN HUANG
13. NASILOWSKI STILL SWIMMING
14. CROWD APPLAUDING NASILOWSKI TO THE FINISH
15. NASILOWSKI FINISHES LAST
16. CROWD APPLAUDING
17. NASILOWSKI WAVING TO CROWD FROM WATER
STORY: Brazil’s men’s 4×100 metres relay team had the home crowd roaring when they won gold in the T11-T13 final at the Paralympics on Tuesday (September 13).
The man who began the race for the gold medallists, Jeronimo da Silva, was born and raised in a favela just a few kilometres from the stadium. His strong first leg set up team mates Gustavo Araujo, Daniel Silva and Felipe Gomes for the gold.
In table tennis, Sandra Paovic of Croatia came back from serious injuries suffered in a car crash in 2009 to take gold in the Class 6 competition.
She competed at the Olympics in Beijing in 2008 before the accident, returning to the sport after four years and defeating Germany’s Stephanie Grebe in the Rio final. Grebe had finished fourth at the Paralympics in London in 2012.
The first gold medal in equestrian competition went to Ann Cathrin Lubbe of Norway who was winning her third Paralympic gold medal in the Grade Three individual championship test on board Donatello. The horse was owned by one of Lubbe’s pupils but the girl was killed in a car crash and her parents were in Rio to witness Lubbe’s victory.
India’s Devendra Jhajharia broke a world record in winning the F46 javelin gold, as he had done in Athens in 2004. His third attempt measured 63.97 metres. Devendra is the only Indian paralympian to win a gold medal and break a world record. He lost his left hand after touching an electric wire climbing a tree when he was eight.
One of the Independent Paralympic Athletes team is Syrian swimmer Ibrahim Al Hussein who has been raising the profile of fellow refugees at the games.
Al Hussein made his last appearance at the games with a sixth place finish in the men’s 50 metres freestyle S9. He grew up in Syria with 13 siblings and in 2014 travelled from Turkey to Greece, where he was granted asylum.
He carried the team flag at the Opening Ceremony and was part of the Rio 2016 Olympic torch relay, carrying the Olympic Flame in Athens, where he is currently living and training with the help of the Greek Paralympic Committee.
Another swimmer, Namibia’s Gideon Nasilowski has been getting stromg support from the crowd at the pool.
Nicknamed the Amphibian Namibian, the crowd rose to him as he finished in last place, almost a minute behind the winner, of a heat in the S3 men’s 50 metres freestyle.