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Athletics (Paralympic Games)

08-28-2012 15:19 BJT

Part of the Paralympic programme since the first Games in Rome in 1960, the sport of Athletics has produced some of the most iconic images in the history of the Paralympic movement, with legendary figures such as Louise Sauvage, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and Oscar Pistorius making their names before a worldwide audience.

Speed, strength, power and stamina will be on display during the Athletics competition, the largest sport at the Paralympic Games. 1,100 athletes compete for 170 gold medals across track, field and road events.

Some athletes compete in wheelchairs or throwing frames, others with prostheses, and others with the guidance of a sighted companion.

Competition dates

31 August – 9 September

Competition venues

Olympic Park – Olympic Stadium (track and field events)

The Mall (Marathon)

Number of competitors

1,100: 740 men and 360 women

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source:

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