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Paralympians prepare for Paralympics in London

08-22-2012 11:05 BJT Special Report:2012 Paralympic Games |

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Paralympics feature various kinds of athletics events, which are specially designed for athletes with different disabilities. With the games around corner, Chinese athletes are getting ready to win more medals than they did in Beijing.

Wheelchair racing is among the fastest paced and most exciting events of a Paralympics. These Chinese athletes are reigning Paralympic champions in their category of the 4x100m relay. Their target is simple but clear retaining the title.

Paralympics feature various kinds of athletics events, which are specially
designed for athletes with different disabilities. With the games around corner,
Chinese athletes are getting ready to win more medals than they did in Beijing.

Huang Peng, Head Coach, China Wheelchair Racing Team, said, "The relay is an event that we must win. This event reflects an overall strength of China’s wheelchair racing. I ask the athletes to perform to their best and pay attention to every detail. The relay is a crucial event to our team. "

According to the coach, 8 members of the 12-man squad competed in Beijing four years ago and includes 4-time gold medalist Zhang Lixin, who will be the team captain. Coach Huang believes the team he has now is more mature than four years ago and is expecting big things in London.

Paralympics feature various kinds of athletics events, which
are specially designed for athletes with different disabilities.
With the games around corner, Chinese athletes are getting ready
to win more medals than they did in Beijing.

Huang Peng, Head Coach, China Wheelchair Racing Team, said, "The average age of the athletes is around 24 or 25 years old. They’ve matured in terms of their psychological and technical status. Regarding how many medals they can win, I would say they are capable of beating their opponents. "

Meanwhile, it's another late night of training for the running and jumping team. Unlike the wheelchair team, the majority of these athletes who’ve never competed in a major event, their main goal is to get experience at these Paralympics.

Paralympics feature various kinds of athletics events, which are specially
designed for athletes with different disabilities. With the games around
corner, Chinese athletes are getting ready to win more medals than they
did in Beijing.

Yang Zhonghua, Head Coach, Running & Jumping Team, said, "These young athletes have never competed in a big event. They might face difficult situations. The veterans are also facing potential threats at their last Games. We feel a little pressure."

If the young athletes of the running and jumping team do need inspiration they won't have to look far. Among the veterans leading by example is Wang Juan. The amputee long jumper is getting ready for her fourth Paralympics.

 

Editor:Bai Yang |Source: CCTV.com

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