“Some people are walking around with full use of their bodies and they’re more paralyzed than I am.” Christopher Reeve
The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games ended on Sunday 18, September 2016. During two weeks, 4.342 athletes gave to the world a brilliant and amazing spectacle! Despite the Brazilian political and socio-economical context, over 2 millions of tickets have been sold. The main sad point was the death of Bahman Golbarnezhad, an Iranian cyclist (48 years old) who died after a crash during the men’s road race.
With 239 medals (107 Gold), China is the country which dominated the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Great Britain (147 medals), Ukraine (117 medals), USA (115 medals), and Australia (81 medals), are with China, the five top nations of the competition.
What about Africans Ambassadors?
There were 315 who represented the continent during these Paralympic Games. They back home with 99 medals (less than during London 2012). The three top countries are Nigeria with 12 medals (8 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze) ; Tunisia with 19 medals (7 Gold, 6 Silver and 6 Bronze) and South Africa with 17 medals (7 Gold, 6 Silver and 4 Bronze). Nations which complete the African rank are Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Kenya, Namibia, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Uganda, Cape Verde and Mozambique. No medal for Christian Gobe, the unique Cameroonian ambassador to Rio.
See you in 2020!
The next Paralympic Games will took place in Tokyo in 2020. The website is already available. Looking forward to discover a awesome competition!
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games: Highlights