Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Paralympic Round Up: Day 7

Contributed by Emma Booth.
Regional Director, USA Sport Group.

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With the Paralympics already proving a great success in London, and the athletes giving us great drama, here are the top medal winners of the Games so far:

Jacqueline Freney (AUS)
Jacqueline Freney has won six, yes six, gold medals in the pool, and she still has events to go. Improving on her 2008 Paralympic appearance, Freney has turned three Bronze medals into a plethora of golds, and that figure could still climb. At just 20 years old, we will see lots more to see of this Australian swimmer in the years to come.

Sophie Christiansen (GBR)
Sophie Christiansen is part of a long line of British Equestrian medalists. Team GB are renowned for their proficiency in the sport, and Sophie has not disappointed these games. 3 gold medals in each of the individual freestyle, individual championship and team test, it has been a very successful Games for Sophie.

Ihar Boki (BLR)
Another swimmer, Ihar Boki from Belarus has claimed four gold and one silver in the 2012 Games.  Boki has also already broken four world records in these games, including lowering his own time in the 400m Freestyle - S13 on Tuesday. At only 18, this young man is set to be a star, and we haven’t seen the last of him yet.

Raymond Martin (USA)
Another 18 year old, American Raymond Martin has shown he has the ability to race in both 100m and 400m, a accolade not many athletes can claim, by winning gold in both finals. With the 800m and 200m races still to come, Raymond could well become a quadruple gold medallist. Look out for him on Friday and Saturday as he flies the flag for the US.

David Weir (GBR)
David Weir, from my home town, is a British hero. He currently holds the British record for ALL distances on the track up to 5,000m, as well as the road distances of 10km, half marathon, and full marathon. He has won gold in these Games in London in both the 1500m, 5000m, and will look to add to his tally the 800m today, and the marathon on Sunday.

Paralympic Round Up: Day 12

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