London Paralympics

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Matthew Griffin celebrates making a putt. Photo: AFP

Griffin holds his nerve for biggest career win

Monday, 10 September, 2012, 1:41am

Pistorius wins first London Paralympics gold

Oscar Pistorius (second right) celebrates a win in the 4x100m relay on Wednesday in London. Photo: Xinhua

Oscar Pistorius captured his first gold medal of the London Paralympics when he helped South Africa win the 4x100-metre relay in a world-record time at the Olympic Stadium on Wednesday.

The double amputee, known as “Blade Runner”, anchored the team home in a time of 41.78 seconds. South Africa set the previous record at 42.50 in February.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Pistorius returns to defend 100m gold

Oscar Pistorius of South Africa poses during the awarding ceremony of the men's 200m metres at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Photo: Xinhua

South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius returns to the track on Wednesday, days after he suffered his first 200m defeat in nine years and complained that his competitors had an unfair advantage.

5 Sep 2012 - 2:41pm

China beat Britain in final Velodrome race

China's Ji Xiaofei (left) and Liu Xinyang at the London Paralympics. Photo: AFP

China set a world record as they defeated Britain on Sunday in the thrilling final race at the Velodrome, meaning both track cycling teams finished the London this year Paralympics with five golds.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Huang tops golden day for China at rowing

Huang Cheng wins gold, with Australia'a Erik Horrie with silver (left) and Russia's Aleksey Chuvashev with bronze. Photo: AFP

China’s Huang Cheng on Sunday pulled off a stunning win in the men’s arms-only single sculls, winning gold to inflict the first defeat on Britain’s defending champion Tom Aggar in his international rowing career.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

‘Blade Runner’ takes centre stage at Paralympics

South Africa's Oscar Pistorius comes out the blocks in a Round 1 race of the men's 200m T44 at the London Paralympics. Photo: AP

Oscar Pistorius on Saturday began the defence of his three sprint titles with a bang, breaking the world record in the T44 200m, as Irish runner Jason Smyth became the fastest Paralympian in history over 100m.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Storey claims her eighth gold but China in control in medals table

Britain's Sarah Storey with her cycling gold medal. Photo: EPA

China ended the first day of the London Paralympics on top of the medal table but it was British cyclist Sarah Storey who stole the show by storming to her eighth Paralympic gold.

Storey took the women's C5 individual 3km pursuit after a lightning-quick qualifying time that would have won her a non-disabled title.

1 Sep 2012 - 3:43am

Opening ceremony looks to the skies

Fireworks explode following the opening ceremony for the 2012 Paralympics in London. Photo: AP

The London 2012 Paralympics began on Wednesday with a vibrant opening ceremony led by Stephen Hawking that paid tribute to human endeavour, enlightenment and the quest to understand the universe.

Paralympians soared through the air above the 80,000-seater Olympic Stadium while Hawking, the world’s most famous living scientist, urged people to look to the stars for inspiration.

30 Aug 2012 - 11:12am

‘Inspirational’ Paralympics to open in London

Torch bears pose for photographs outside the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir temple, as they carry the Paralympic flame during the torch relay in London. Photo: AP

A spectacular opening ceremony was set to ring in the biggest ever Paralympic Games on Wednesday, with double amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius among those gearing up for 11 days of competition.

29 Aug 2012 - 6:48pm

Countdown begins as Paralympic flame lit at ‘spiritual home’

Torchbearers light the cauldron at the torch relay ceremony at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Aylesbury, southern England, on Tuesday. Photo: Xinhua

The Paralympic flame was lit at the spiritual home of disabled sport on Tuesday, signalling the 24-hour countdown to the start of this year’s Games.

Some 3,000 people, including former Paralympians and dignitaries such as London this year organising committee chief Sebastian Coe, watched as the flame took hold at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in southern England.

29 Aug 2012 - 1:36pm

N Korea’s disabled come in from the cold

North Korea is making its debut at the Paralympic Games, a potential sign of change in a country where, according to activists, disabled people have faced enforced isolation and sterilisation.

28 Aug 2012 - 5:02pm

Paralympic torch to be lit at ‘spiritual home’

Children experience wheelchair basketball during an Paralympic Games promotion event in front of St Paul's Cathedral in London. Photo: Xinhua

The London Paralympic flame will be created on Tuesday at the spiritual home of disabled sport, signifying the start of a 24-hour torch relay before the start of this year’s Games.

28 Aug 2012 - 2:58pm

Polio runner Mudassar Baig poised to inspire Pakistanis at London Paralympics

Polio survivor Mudassar Baig

Pakistani polio survivor Mudassar Baig dreams of winning a medal at the Paralympics, hoping to inspire a nation troubled by corruption, Taliban violence and lost sporting glory.

28 Aug 2012 - 3:03am