Already on Day 6, the London 2012 Paralympic Games is in full swing. The People’s Republic of China leads the medal count with an astonishing 49 golds (121 total) followed by Great Britain with 22 golds (74 total) and the Russian Federation with 18 golds (54 total). By the time of the Closing Ceremonies on September 9, the London Games will have welcomed 4,280 competitors from 164 nations, the largest number of athletes since the first Paralympics in 1960.
Pistorius shows disabled sport can stand controversy
Kevin Liffey and Chris Wickham
4:19 p.m. EDT, September 3, 2012
LONDON (Reuters) – South African “blade runner” Oscar Pistorius has unleashed a debate about disabled sport with an emotional claim that a rival in the T44 200 meters final at the London Paralympics beat him thanks to longer prosthetic legs.
Pistorius had not been beaten over 200m for nine years, but the result of Sunday’s final was less of a shock than the post-race outburst of a man who is the face of disabled sport partly thanks to his dignified campaign to be allowed to challenge able-bodied runners at the Olympics.
“The size of some of the other guys’ legs are unbelievably long,” Pistorius told Britain’s Channel 4 television.