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Nickyc707

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  1. Nickyc707

    Summer Paralympic Games 2016 Official Thread

    The difference between India and China is that the former is a democracy with other social and economic priorities, while the latter is a one party state which is able to direct it's resources in whatever direction it chooses in order to project itself in the world. According to China's own journal the Beijing Review the country has 85 million disabled people which is more than the entire populations of most of the world's nation states. This vast pool enables them to compete in almost every Paralympic class in each sport which other countries cannot do. China did very well. My only point is that it should not be surprising given the massive advantage they enjoy and it certainly isn't amazing as you described it.
  2. Nickyc707

    Summer Paralympic Games 2016 Official Thread

    That's a surprising stat! I know Italy haven't done so well recently but I would never have guessed that they had been in the relative doldrums that long. I've been wondering why the big European countries like France, Germany and Italy haven't been performing as strongly at the Paralympics as they do at the Olympics in recent cycles.
  3. Nickyc707

    Summer Paralympic Games 2016 Official Thread

    I don't think you should be too amazed! After all China's vast population means that they can find athletes to compete across many more classes than most other countries.
  4. Nickyc707

    Summer Paralympic Games 2016 Official Thread

    Big thanks to hckosice and Gianlu33 for keeping us up to date with all the results during the past ten days. Despite the worries beforehand these Games seem to have reached the Brazilian people in a way the Olympics didn't and it was wonderful to see the way they revelled in the performances of not only their own athletes but those of the other competing nations. It is only when you watch the Paralympics that you realise just how many remarkable people there are across the world fighting to overcome huge barriers in their lives and achieving things that even many able-bodied people can only dream of. From a national point of view a great games for GB with 147 medals and 64 gold medals. The best since 1988 - 183 medals and 65 golds - when the programme was 40% bigger! Always sad when a multi-event games ends not least because it invariably sees the retirement of great athletes who we'll never get to see in action again. But sport goes on and new heroes emerge. Anyway can't wait for the next one!
  5. Nickyc707

    Summer Paralympic Games 2016 Official Thread

    Dame Sarah Storey is GB's most successful ever female Paralympian with 14 gold medals in swimming and cycling. Afraid the Americans can't have her!
  6. Nickyc707

    Summer Paralympic Games 2016 Official Thread

    Big congratulations to Kadeena Cox who had already won medals in two different sports in Rio (athletics and cycling) but has now turned that into two gold medals in different sports at the same games.
  7. Nickyc707

    Summer Paralympic Games 2016 Official Thread

    Must be something in the water. The quad doubles bronze medal match has just ended after four hours and twenty five minutes which makes it the longest wheelchair tennis match in history.
  8. Nickyc707

    Summer Paralympic Games 2016 Official Thread

    A great day for GB with 21 medals including 8 golds. Mind you China got 23 so it's all relative. ☺
  9. Nickyc707

    Summer Paralympic Games 2016 Official Thread

    Another upset by a Thai athlete. Seems they have a great wheelchair programme.
  10. Nickyc707

    Summer Paralympic Games 2016 Official Thread

    Wow, missed the athletics as I was watching the rowing. Shocked to see Fearnley and in particular Hug beaten.
  11. Nickyc707

    Summer Paralympic Games 2016 Official Thread

    Fantastic guts by Rachel Morris winning a gold medal in rowing after doing the same in road cycling back in Beijing.
  12. Nickyc707

    Summer Paralympic Games 2016 Official Thread

    I agree. Even leaving aside the fact that they are the next hosts, my impression is that Japan is a country with a strong record on disability issues. My guess is that 2020 will lead to a change of attitude if not before then after the experience of hosting the Games.
  13. Nickyc707

    Summer Paralympic Games 2016 Official Thread

    Not necessarily. Many countries are only just beginning to take an interest in Paralympic sports, so that we are going to see surges in performance as they identify athletes and invest in them for the first time. It's one of the reasons we see so many world records as the pool of talent grows from a relatively small base at each successive Games.
  14. Nickyc707

    Summer Paralympic Games 2016 Official Thread

    Pazienza mio amico............Italy have started to build some momentum and I'm sure it'll come soon.
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