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September 5, 2012

Paralympics 2012

Competing at many of the same London venues as participants in the summer Olympics, more than 4,000 athletes from 164 nations are taking part in the Paralympic Games. The athletes compete in 20 sports that have various classifications, depending on an athlete’s level of impairment. The Games conclude Sept. 9. -- Lloyd Young (40 photos total)

Richard Whitehead of Great Britain celebrates winning gold in the Men's 200-meter T42 Final on day 3 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on Sept. 1. (Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Paul Davies of Great Britain celebrates with his medal after winning bronze during the Men's Singles Table Tennis Class 1 on day 5 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. (Ben Hoskins/Getty Images) #

Philippine's Andy Avellana competes in the Men's High Jump F42 final athletics event during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in east London, on Sept. 3. (Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images) #

Tatiana Smirnova of Russia competes in the Women's 52kg Powerlifting on day 6 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at ExCel on Sept. 4. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) #

Jacob Thomas of Great Britain uses a helmet mounted attachment to launch a ball from the ramp during the BC3 Mixed Pairs Boccia pool match against Greece on day 4 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at ExCel on Sept. 2 in London, England. Greece won the match 5-0. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) #

Peter Rosenmeier of Denmark serves to Bastien Grundeler of France in their Men's Singles C6 classification Table Tennis bronze medal match at the London 2012 Paralympic Games on Sept. 2. The C6 describes a physical impairment for athletes who compete from a standing position: the lower the number, the greater the impact the impairment has on an athlete's ability to compete. (Toby Melville/Reuters) #

Matt Stutzman of the United States uses his feet to hold his bow as he takes part in the Men's Individual Compound Open Archery at the Paralympics on Sept. 3. (Alastair Grant/Associated Press) #

Assunta Legnante of Italy wears an eye mask during the Women's Discus F11/12 classification final at the Olympic Stadium during the London 2012 Paralympic Games on Sept. 1. In the F11 category the competitors are completely blind and have a guide when competing. (Toby Melville/Reuters) #

Competitors are seen through the Paralympic flame as they race during the Women's 5000-meter T54 classification heats at the Olympic Stadium during the London 2012 Paralympic Games on Aug. 31. (Toby Melville/Reuters) #

Ruyi Ye (left) of China on his way to winning gold against Yijun Chen of China during the Men's Individual Foil Category A final of the Wheelchair Fencing on day 6 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at ExCel on Sept. 4. (Michael Steele/Getty Images) #

Brazil's Yohansson Nascimento reacts after the Men's 400-meter T46 final during the Paralympic Games at the Olympic Park in east London on Sept. 4. (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images) #

Great Britain's Hannah Cockroft licks her gold medal on the podium during the award ceremony for the Women's 100-meter T34 final athletics event during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in east London on Aug. 31. (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images) #

Zeng Sini of China competes in the gold medal final of the Women's Individual C1-2-3 Pursuit on the first day of the London 2012 Paralympic games in the Velodrome at the Olympic Park in Stratford, London on Aug. 30. Zeng won gold. (Andrew Winning/Reuters) #

France's Marie-Amelie le Fur (center) falls after crossing the finish line to win the Women's 100-meter T44 final during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Park on Sept. 2. (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images) #

Silver medallist Cigdem Dede (left) of Turkey, gold medallist Ivory Nwokorie (center) of Nigeria and bronze medallist Lidiia Soloviova of Ukraine pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women's 44kg Powerlifting competition on day 2 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. (Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images) #

Brasil's Felipe Gomes (left) and his guide Leonardo Souza Lopes run to win the Men's 200-meter final T11 during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on Sept. 4. (Stefan Wermuth/Reuters) #

British players (right) return the ball as they compete against Russia during their Men's Sitting Volleyball preliminary match on Aug. 30. (Toby Melville/Reuters) #

Alan Fonteles Cardoso Oliveira of Brazil (right) is congratulated by Oscar Pistorius of South Africa after winning gold in the Men's 200-meter T44 final on day 4 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. (Gareth Copley/Getty Images) #

Lee Brunton of Great Britain takes on the Iranian defense in the Men's Team Football 5-a-side B1 on day 6 of the Paralympic Games. (Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images) #

Gold medallist Eleanor Simmonds of Great Britain poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women's 400-meter Freestyle S6 final on day 3 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Aquatics Center. (Gareth Copley/Getty Images) #

Mexico's Jesus Mauro de Maximo competes in the Men's Javelin Throw F52/53 at the 2012 Paralympics in London on Sept. 4. (Emilio Morenatti/Associated Press) #

China's Wei Yanpeng competes in the Men's 100-meter Butterfly S8 category at the 2012 Paralympics on Aug. 30. (Emilio Morenatti/Associated Press) #

The Australia women's wheelchair basketball team huddle together as they celebrate their victory during the Group A Preliminary Women's Wheelchair Basketball game between Australia and Brazil on day 1 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the basketball arena on Aug. 30. (Christopher Lee/Getty Images) #

Natalia Partyka of Poland serves in her Women's Singles C10 classification table tennis final against Yang Qian of China at the London 2012 Paralympic Games on Sept. 3. Partyka won the gold medal and is also the only female athlete to be competing in both the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (Toby Melville/Reuters) #

Sophie Christiansen of Great Britain celebrates winning gold during the Dressage Individual Championship Test Grade Ia on day 4 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Greenwich Park on Sept. 2 in London, England. (Scott Heavey/Getty Images) #

Germany's Vanessa Low competes in the Women's Long Jump F42/44 final athletics event during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in east London on Sept. 2. (Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images) #

From left: Katherine Downie, Maddison Elliot and Ellie Cole of Australia celebrate as teammate Jacqueline Freney wins them the gold medal in the Women's 4x100m Freestyle 34 Points final on day 5 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Aquatics Center on Sept. 3. (Clive Rose/Getty Images) #

Azerbaijan's Madinat Abdullayeva competes in the Women's Discus Throw final athletics event during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in east London, on Sept. 4. (Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images) #

Iliesa Delana from Fiji celebrates winning the Men's High Jump final F42 during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in London on Sept. 3. (Stefan Wermuth/Reuters) #

Walid Ktila of Tunisia crosses the line first to win gold in the Men's 200-meter T34 final on day 6 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on Sept. 4. (Christopher Lee/Getty Images) #

Ukraine's Laroslav Semenenko stretches ahead of Men's 100-meter Backstroke S6 category at the 2012 Paralympics Olympics on Aug. 30 in London. (Emilio Morenatti/Associated Press) #

Canada's Brent Lakatos prepares on the start line for the Men's 400-meter T53 athletics final during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Park on Sept. 2. (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images) #

Germany's Laura Darimont runs in to make a throw in the Women's javelin F46 category event during the athletics competition at the 2012 Paralympics, on Sept. 1. (Matt Dunham/Associated Press) #

Cuba's Yunidis Castillo (center) celebrates after winning the women's 200-meter T46 final race on Sept. 1. (Lefteris Pitarakis/Associated Press) #

Venezuela's Jesus Aguilar raises his wheelchair after crashing just before the finish line during the Men's 800-meter T53 round 1 on Sept. 4 at the Olympic Stadium. (Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images) #

China's Shan Lin, blocks the ball during a Women's Goalball preliminary round match between Britain and China on Aug. 30 in London. China won the match 7-1. (Lefteris Pitarakis/Associated Press) #

Bronze medallist Matthew Walker of Great Britain on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's 50-meter Freestyle S7 final on day 6 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games on Sept. 4. (Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images) #

The Paralympic flag is carried to be raised during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in east London on Aug. 29. (Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images) #

Athletes from Brazil soak up the atmopshere during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium on Aug. 29. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) #

Royal Marine Commando Joe Townsend is lowered through the air carrying the Olympic flame during the opening ceremony for the 2012 Paralympics on Aug. 29 in London. (Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press) #



 
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