Record Medal Haul Seals Russia 2nd Place at Paralympics


A record haul of 35 golds has secured Russia second place in the medal table at the London Paralympics, which end September 9.

Monumental efforts particularly in athletics, where 19 gold were won, and the pool, the scene of 13 Russian victories, propelled the country to runner-up in the table behind China.

The top Russian performer was swimmer Oksana Savchenko, who took home five gold medals, claiming a world record in the 50 meters freestyle on September 6.

Russia's archers swept the podium in the men's standing category, with Timur Tuchinov beat Oleg Shestakov in the final.

Other notable performances came from sprinter Margarita Goncharova, who claimed gold in the women's 100 meters, and Alexei Ashapatov, who sealed gold in the men's discus for athletes in wheelchairs.

Adapted from Rianovosti

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