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10 sep 2012

Unprecedented Edition

The Paralympic Athletics has performed spectacularly in London 2012.

The Athletics program of the London 2012 Paralympic Games ended with the last major achievements in the Olympic Stadium, a worthy conclusion to an edition of the Games full of emotions and records. The last days of competition have given exciting moments, like the first individual gold medal for Oscar Pistorius, in the 400m T44 final dominated by the South African athlete, which has set a new Paralympic record running in 46 "68. The Cuban Yunidis Castillo, winning the 400m T46, with the new world record of 55 "72, led to three gold medals won in London 2012. Amazing achievements also reached in the last days of the Paralympics by American Tatyana McFadden, gold in the 1,500 m T54, Chinese Zhiming Wang, gold in the javelin throw F40, and Russia's Elena Ivanova, with the victory in the 100m T36. The last race was the athletics marathon in category T54 that saw Britain's David Weir achieved the extraordinary goal he had set for himself before the Games of winning four gold medals. The 33 year-old Weir, had won before the marathon the Paralympic title in the 800m, 5000m and 1500m. An excellent result equaled by the American Raymond Martin, 18-year-old, winner of the 200m, 100m, 400m and 800m T52 in the London Paralympic Games.