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March 10, 2014

Wheelchair curling enters third day at 2014 Winter Paralympics

Wheelchair curling enters third day at 2014 Winter Paralympics

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Wheelchair curling continued today at the Ice Cube Curling Center at the 2014 Winter Paralympics on difficult playing conditions as a result of the warm temperature outside. In the morning session, the South Korea lost to Russia in the eighth end by a score of 5–7, the United States lost to Canada 2–7 in seven ends, Norway edged out Finland 6–8 in extra ends, and China defeated Sweden 8–4 in seven ends.

At the conclusion of the morning session, round robin standing had Canada in first with 4 wins; Slovakia in second with 3 wins; Russia in third with 3 wins and 1 loss; Great Britain in fourth with 2 wins and 1 loss; China and Norway in fifth with 2 wins and 2 losses; South Korea, Sweden, and the United States in seventh place with 1 win and 3 losses; and Finland last with 4 losses.

Finland and Norway were evenly matched, going point for point in the first pair of ends, trading 2 points each in the next pair of ends, then Norway scored 2 points and 1 point in the next ends with Finland answering back. Tied after eight ends, they went to extra ends which Norway won with 2 points.

Outpacing other curlers on the ice, United States looked like they might be able to come back to tie things after their second end against Canada, and then only being down one after the fourth end, but Canada went on to score points in the next three ends.

While Sweden won three of the seven ends they played against China, they were unable to beat the Chinese team who scored 2 points in two ends and 3 points in another end. In the fourth end, the 3 points came after a precision takeout by the Chinese skip Wang Haitao that cleared two Swedish stones off the sheet.

With the crowd behind them the entire match, Russia came from behind after the first end and third end to tie things up in the fifth end and take the lead. They allowed the South Koreans to score two points in the seventh end to force an eighth end. Russian skip Andrei Smirnov cleared a South Korean stone sitting in front of three Russian stones off the sheet that gave the Russians a two point lead.

The United States has not medaled at the past two Paraympic Games, with their best finish a fourth at the 2010 Games. Of the United States’s curling team, two are returning wheelchair curling Paralympic veterans. James Joseph, the second, competed at the 2006 Winter Paralympics and 2010 Winter Paralympics. The skip and Madison, Wisconsin native, Patrick McDonald, competed at the 2010 Games. Penny Greely, the lead, competed in sitting volleyball at the 2004 Summer Paralympics where she won a bronze medal. David Palmer, the third, is competing at his first games after having a fourth place finish at the 2013 World Championships in Russia and a fifth place finish at the 2012 World Championships in South Korea. Alternate and Cape Cod native Meghan Lino is also at her first Paralympic Games after taking up the sport in 2009.

Sweden’s team has three team members who competed at the 2010 Games in Vancouver, Canada: Jalle Jungnell, Glenn Ikonen, and Patrik Kallin. 60 year old Jungnell has the team’s most Paralympic experience, having competed at the 1988, 1992, and 1996 Summer Paralympics in wheelchair basketball, as well as competing at the 2006 and 2010 Winter Paralympics in wheelchair curling. Finnish born Ikonen had been suspended for six months following the Vancouver Games following a positive doping test. He claimed metroprolol was a drug he had been using for 4 or 5 years, and was unhappy that his doctor prescribed the blood pressure reducing drug because he would not have intentionally taken a banned substance.

The 2014 Games are the first Paralympics for Russia’s wheelchair curling team. Alternate Oksana Slesarenko from Yekaterinburg and skip Andrei Smirnov also from Yekaterinburg have the most experience on the team, both having taken up the sport in 2003, and competing at the 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, and 2013 World Championships.

Team Canada includes all five members of their 2013 World Championship winning team, including 63-year-old skip Jim Armstrong, 51-year-old Dennis John Thiessen, 52-year-old Ina Forrest, 47-year-old Sonja Gaudet, and 37-year-old Mark Ideson. Gaudet is the only wheelchair curling Paralympian with two gold medals, having won them in 2006 and 2010. Teammates Armstrong and Thiessen were part of the 2010 gold medal winning team. Gaudet also has gold medals from the 2009, 2011, and 2013 World Championships. While Armstrong was inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame in 1990 for his accomplishments in able bodied curling, Gaudet was the first wheelchair-only curler to be inducted when she was part of the 2013 class.

South Korea has two returning 2010 Games silver medalists, Kang Mi-Suk and Kim Myung-Jin. Both originally played other sports before taking up curling. Kang played table tennis and Kim played wheelchair basketball.

On Saturday, Russia beat China 5–4, South Korea lost to Norway 0–10, Canada beat Great Britain 6–3, and Slovakia defeated the United States 6–4 in the morning session. Sweden beat Finland 7–6, Canada beat Russia 5–4, the United States lost to South Korea 5–9, and Norway lost to China 3–7. In the morning session yesterday, the United States defeated Norway 8–5, Sweden lost to Great Britain by a score of 4–6, China lost to Slovakia 3–8, and Finland lost to Russia 4–7. In the afternoon session yesterday, Canada defeated Sweden 7–4, Finland lost to Slovakia 6–9, and Great Britain beat South Korea by a score of 8–4.

Unlike able-bodied curling, players release the stone from a stationary position and there is no sweeping. Another curler often sits behind the stone thrower to hold their chair in place while they execute their throw. Unlike a number of other Paralympic sports, there is only one classification in wheelchair curling and a variety of lower body disabilities compete in the sport. South Koreans Kim Myung-Jin and Kim Jong-Pan, Swede Kristina Ulander, Team USA’s Meghan Lino, Patrick McDonald, and David Palmer, and Russians Alexander Shevchenko, Svetlana Pakhomova, Oksana Slesarenko, Andrei Smirnov, and Marat Romanov have spinal cord injuries. Canadian Jim Armstrong has injured knees. Canadian Ina Forrest lost her leg in a farming accident. Team USA’s James Joseph has a limb deficiency.

Sochi Wheelchair Curling 3.jpg Team USA confers on a shot
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Sochi Wheelchair Curling 4.jpg The Russian team confers on a shot
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Sochi Wheelchair Curling 5.jpg Finland and Norway congratulate eachother following the conclusion of their game
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Sochi Wheelchair Curling 1.jpg Team USA fans watching the matches
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Sochi Wheelchair Curling 2.jpg Bagpipers playing before the start of wheelchair curling
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Ukraine\’s Lyudmyla Pavlenko wins gold in 2014 Winter Paralympics

Ukraine’s Lyudmyla Pavlenko wins gold in 2014 Winter Paralympics

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Yesterday at the Laura Cross-Country Ski & Biathlon Center at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia, Ukrainian Lyudmyla Pavlenko won gold in the women’s 12km sitting race. United States skier Oksana Masters won silver, and Russia’s Svetlana Konovalova won bronze. Other United States skiers in the race included Tatyana McFaddenn who finished fifth, Monica Bascio who finish seventh, and Beth Requist who finished sixteenth.

Russia swept the podium in the men’s 15km sitting event held earlier in the day, with Roman Petuschkov winning gold, Irek Zaripov silver and Aleksandr Davidovich bronze. Ukraine’s Maksym Yarovyi finished just out of medal standing fourth place. United States skiers in the race included Andrew Soule who finished fifth, Sean Halstead who finished ninth, Aaron Pike who finished twelfth, Daniel Cnossen who finished thirteenth, Augusto Jose Perez who finished seventeenth and Bryan Price who finished nineteenth.

Sochi XCountry 18.jpg Winners of the women’s sitting 12km cross country at the flower ceremony.
Image: Laura Hale.

Sochi XCountry 2.jpg Poland’s Kamil Rosiek starts the men’s race.
Image: Laura Hale.

Sochi XCountry 3.jpg Aleksandr Davidovich of Russia starts the men’s race.
Image: Laura Hale.
Sochi XCountry 4.jpg The United States’s Daniel Cnossen starts the men’s race.
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Sochi XCountry 5.jpg A men’s skier finished the race.
Image: Laura Hale.
Sochi XCountry 6.jpg Ukraine’s Mykhaylo Tkachenko finishes the men’s race in tenth place.
Image: Laura Hale.
Sochi XCountry 7.jpg Italy’s Roland Ruepp finished the men’s race in sixteenth place.
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Sochi XCountry 1.jpg Italy’s Giordana Tomasoni starts the men’s race
Image: Laura Hale.
Sochi XCountry 8.jpg The result’s for the men’s race are shown on the big screen.
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Sochi XCountry 9.jpg The start list for the women’s race are shown on the big screen.
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Sochi XCountry 10.jpg Belarus’s Lludmila Vauchok starts the women’s race.
Image: Laura Hale.
Sochi XCountry 11.jpg A view of the mountain against the backdrop of part of the race course.
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Sochi XCountry 12.jpg A woman skier on the course.
Image: Laura Hale.
Sochi XCountry 13.jpg The United States’s Oksana Masters crossing the finish line in second place.
Image: Laura Hale.
Sochi XCountry 14.jpg Norway’s Birgit Skarstein finishing the race in twelfth place.
Image: Laura Hale.
Sochi XCountry 15.jpg The United States’s Beth Requist finishing last and in sixteenth place. The race had seventeen skiers. Andrea Eskau of Germany started the race but did not finish.
Image: Laura Hale.
Sochi XCountry 16.jpg Italy’s Francesca Porcellato finishes tenth.
Image: Laura Hale.
Sochi XCountry 17.jpg The results of the women’s race.
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March 8, 2014

Norway beats Czech Republic in sledge hockey overtime win in first match at Winter Paralympics

Norway beats Czech Republic in sledge hockey overtime win in first match at Winter Paralympics

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Saturday, March 8, 2014 In the first sledge hockey game of the 2014 Winter Paralympics held earlier today at Shayba Arena at Sochi‘s Coastal Village Olympic Park, Norway defeated the Czech Republic 2–1 in a shootout win. Norway’s Audun Bakke scored the team’s only goal in regulation time during the second period. The Czech Republic’s Michal Geier scored the equalizer in the third period. Norway scored the only overtime shootout goal.

These Games are only the second ones that the Czech sledge hockey team have participated in, making their debut at the 2010 Winter Paralympics. In contrast, Norway has medalled at every Paralympic Games since the sport was added as a medal sport to the Paralympic program at the 1994 Winter Paralympics. They are the only country to have this accomplishment.

Norway is next scheduled to play Canada tomorrow, and then Sweden on March 11 to complete their games in group play. The Czech Republic is scheduled to play Sweden tomorrow and conclude group play against Canada on March 11.

CZE v NOR 1.jpg The Czech goalkeeper following a shot by the Norwegian team in overtime.
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CZE v NOR 2.jpg A puck at center ice waiting for a Norwegian player to take it to shoot during the overtime shootout.
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CZE v NOR 3.jpg The Norwegian team celebrating in front of their net.
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CZE v NOR 4.jpg Czech fans in the stands.
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CZE v NOR 5.jpg Norway at center ice saluting the fans following their win.
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January 6, 2014

Wikinews interviews on contributions to open-source: Opera

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Wikinews interviewed Opera, a Norwegian software company, about its contributions to open-source, such as software. Questions discussed current workflow, dynamics of contributions, and background.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWikinewsWikinews waves Right.png What caused your initial interest in open-source software?

Bruce Lawson: Opera has long been involved in open source software — we’ve often used open-source software, enhanced it and committed it back before including it in products. Opera began the specification that’s now called HTML5, bringing rich internet capabilities that were previously only available in proprietary plugins such as Flash and Silverlight into the open standard that is HTML.
Most recently, we’ve moved to using the open-source Blink rendering engine and have established a team dedicated to enhancing Blink and Chromium so that it’s better for everyone.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png What is your current workflow regarding open-source contributions?

Bruce Lawson: Branch, commit, rinse and repeat.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png What would you say had changed during your contributions to open-source projects throughout the years?

Bruce Lawson: The power and popularity of Github.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png How would you describe the role of open-source software today?

Bruce Lawson: Open source or closed source are equally valid; the vital glue is open standards for data interchange so that a user isn’t locked into one vendor.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png What effort do you put into localisation of your products? both open and not?

Bruce Lawson: Opera is available in 54 different languages. So, a lot of effort!

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Do you hire people for work remotely? How would you describe the dynamics of such trend over the years?

Bruce Lawson: No; we have offices in Norway, Poland, and Sweden but find it works best with everyone being physically close.



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September 30, 2013

Norway\’s Conservative, Progress parties form minority government coalition

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Following three weeks of talks, the leader of Høyre, Norway’s Conservative Party, Erna Solberg announced today that the Conservatives will form a minority government in a right-wing coalition with the Progress Party. The coalition will be the first time the Progress Party have been in power in the executive branch.

The coalition government plans to change policy on immigration and asylum, reduce inheritance tax, and reform provision of healthcare and pensions. The parties also agreed to not allow drilling for oil on Jan Mayen Island or in the Lofoten archipelago. The Norwegian Oil and Gas Association said the decision was “disappointing and undemocratic”.

Solberg said that she intends to continue working with other parties. The new government is due to take office on October 18. Solberg will replace the current Labor Party Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.



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March 21, 2013

Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters awards Belgian mathematician Pierre Deligne with Abel prize of 2013

Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters awards Belgian mathematician Pierre Deligne with Abel prize of 2013

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The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters awarded Belgian mathematician Pierre Deligne with Abel prize of 2013 for his contributions toward shaping algebraic geometry. The award includes a 6 million Norwegian kroner (US$1,026,000, 793,000) prize. Timothy Gowers, a mathematician from Cambridge University, announced the award in Oslo yesterday.

The Academy gave the award to Deligne for “seminal contributions to algebraic geometry and for their transformative impact on number theory, representation theory, and related fields”.

For example, in 1974, Pierre Deligne did a mathematical proof of fourth Weil conjecture, one of properties of Riemann zeta function. This concept is related to analysis of the prime-counting function and the currently unsolved Riemann’s hypothesis. During the proof of the Weil conjecture, a concept of l-adic cohomology was introduced.

Pierre Deligne said, “The nice thing about mathematics is doing mathematics. The prizes come in addition”.



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February 16, 2013

2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships preparations underway

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Preparations are underway ahead of the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championship, with a flag exchange taking place Tuesday, volunteer recruitment ongoing, USParalympics unveiling a new uniform for their team, skiers like the United States’s Jon Lujan actively training for the event and other skiers competing in preparation for the Championships in a World Cup event Wednesday.

Tuesday in La Molina, Spain, the president of Governmental Railways of Catalonia, Enric Ticó, and the mayor of Alp, Ramon Moliner, were gifted with flags by representatives of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and Catalan Government at a ceremony in Colet Museum of Barcelona at one of the first official events ahead of the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championship, which starts next week. As of Wednesday, event organisers were still seeking volunteers to assist with running the Championship. The opening ceremonies are scheduled for next Tuesday.

Entering the event, skiers had the opportunity to qualify through eight World Cup events held with only two disciplines on the program, Giant Slalom and Slalom. The first four were held in Sestriere, Italy, with the most recent four all being held in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Standing female French skier Marie Bochet has won six World Cups ahead of the World Championships and is considered by event organizers as a favorite in the standing group. Russian standing skier Alexey Bugaev is also considered a favorite by organisers as he won two Slalom and one Giant Slalom World Cup competition. In the women’s sit-ski, German Anna Schaffelhuber is considered the favorite having prepared for the Championships by winning five of the eight World Cup events. On the men’s sit-ski side, Japanese Takeshi Suzuki and Swiss Christoph Kunz both earned three World Cup victories in the lead up to this competition. In the women’s visually impaired group, Slovak Henrieta Farkasova will enter the competition with five World Cup victories. On the men’s side, Spanish Jon Santacana is favored to win with three Giant Slalom and one Slalom victory during this year’s World Cup events in the lead up to the World Championships.

British Combined Services Disabled Ski Team coach Mark Scorgie has noted that this year’s European ski season has been problematic with weather interfering with most competitions. Poor weather conditions continued Wednesday Rogla IPC Alpine World Cup, with the first Giant Slalom run canceled because of high winds.

The World Championships includes over 270 skiers, guides, coaches and support personnel from 28 countries including Spain, France, Australia, Ukraine, Netherlands, Croatia, Finland, Switzerland, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Turkey, Belgium, Norway, Russia, Britain, Germany, Italy, Canada, Slovakia, Czech Republic, United States, Austria, New Zealand, Sweden, Hungary, and South Africa..

The Spanish team includes blind skier Jon Santacana and his guide Miguel Galindo, and blind skier Gabriel Gorce and his guide Arnau Ferrer. Both vision-impaired skiers are scheduled to compete in the Downhill, Super G, Super Combined, Giant Slalom, and Slalom competitions. Also on the Spanish team are LW2 classified standing skier Úrsula Pueyo, LW12-1 classified sit skier Óscar Espallargas, and LW10-1 classified sit skier Nathalie Carpanedo who qualified as a wildcard entry. Pueyo, Espallargas, and Carpanedo are all scheduled to compete in the Slalom and Giant Slalom competitions. Accompanying the team are to be coaches Javier Gutierrez, Jordi Carbonell, and Andres Gomez, medical staff including Pablo Marquez and Josep Barrachina, and technical staffer Josep Bort.

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The United States team consists of Seattle, Washington-based vision-impaired skier Mark Bathum and his Colorado Springs-based guide Jessica Smith; Park City, Utah-based vision-impaired skier Danelle Umstead and guide Rob Umstead; retired Army and Clarksville, Tennessee-based Heath Calhoun; Brooklyn, New York-based Ralph Green; Colorado Springs-based Allison Jones; Palmer, Alaska-based Andrew Kurka; Burlington, Vermont-based Stephen Lawler; retired Marine and Littleton, Colorado-based Jon Lujan; Farmington, New Mexico-based Alana Nichols; Wenham, Massachusetts-based Laurie Stephens; Park City, Utah-based Stephani Victor; Franconia, New Hampshire-based Tyler Walker; and retired Coast Guard and Campton, New Hampshire-based Chris Devlin-Young.



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October 7, 2012

Electric vehicles can be less green than classic fuel cars, Norwegian study finds

Electric vehicles can be less green than classic fuel cars, Norwegian study finds

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A Norwegian University of Science and Technology study released Thursday found electric vehicles have a potential for higher eco-toxicity and greenhouse impact than conventional cars. The study includes an examination of the electric car’s life cycle as a whole rather than a study of the electric car’s environmental impact during the use phase.

The researchers conducted a comparison of the environmental impact of electric cars in view of different ratios of green-to-fuel electricity energy sources. In the case of mostly coal- or oil-based electricity supply, electric cars are disadvantageous compared to classic diesel cars with the greenhouse effect impact being up to two times larger.

The researchers found that in Europe, electric cars pose a “10% to 24% decrease in global warming potential (GWP) relative to conventional diesel or gasoline vehicles”.

The researchers suggest to improve eco-friendliness of electric vehicles by “reducing vehicle production supply chain impacts and promoting clean electricity sources in decision making regarding electricity infrastructure” and using the electric cars for a longer time, so that the use phase plays a more important role in the electric vehicle life cycle.



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September 1, 2012

China leads medal race after day two of competition at London Paralympics

China leads medal race after day two of competition at London Paralympics

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London, England — Following the second full day of competition at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, China leads the medal race with 13 gold medals and 34 medals in total. Australia comes second with 7 gold, and the Ukraine is third with 6 gold medals.

China’s large medal haul was distributed across several sports, with 15 from swimming, 5 each from athletics and track cycling, 4 from judo, 3 from powerlifting, 2 from shooting.

Australia’s first medal of the Games was won in women’s standing air rifle shooting event where Natalie Smith captured a bronze medal during the first medal event of the Games. One of Australia’s bronze medals came in athletics’ F35–36 shot put event. Kath Proudfoot originally was listed as finishing fifth, but the Australians appealed this citing errors in how her results were calculated. Their appeal was successful, and Proudfoot came away with her second consecutive Paralympic medal in the event.

Over half the medals won by the United States came in swimming, with 7 total. The country has earned an additional 3 in track cycling and 1 in athletics.

A number of competitors have already earned multiple medals, including Australia’s Jacqueline Freney and Matthew Cowdrey, and the United States’s Jessica Long and Elizabeth Stone who all picked up a pair of medals in the pool.

Rank Country Men
Gold
Men
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Men
Total
Women
Gold
Women
Silver
Women
Bronze
Women
Total
Total
Gold
Total
Silver
Total
Bronze
Total
Total
Rank by total
1 China 8 7 5 20 5 3 6 14 13 10 11 34 1
2 Australia 2 2 3 7 5 2 5 12 7 4 8 19 3
3 Ukraine 4 2 2 8 2 3 3 8 6 5 5 16 4
4 Russia 3 2 2 7 2 1 1 4 5 3 3 11 5
5 Great Britain 2 6 4 12 2 5 1 8 4 11 5 20 2
6 United States 2 2 4 2 1 4 7 4 1 6 11 5
7 Germany 1 2 4 7 2 2 4 3 4 4 11 5
8 Canada 1 1 2 1 2 1 4 2 3 1 6 9
9 Brazil 2 1 3 1 2 3 2 2 2 6 9
10 Nigeria 1 2 3 1 1 2 2 4 12
11 Azerbaijan 1 1 1 1 2 2 21
12 Spain 1 2 1 4 2 4 6 1 4 5 10 8
13 New Zealand 1 2 2 5 1 2 2 5 11
14 Turkey 1 1 1 1 1 3 1 2 1 4 12
15 France 1 1 1 3 1 1 1 1 2 4 12
15 Netherlands 1 1 1 2 3 1 1 2 4 12
17 Italy 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 3 16
18 Egypt 1 2 3 1 2 3 16
19 Cuba 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 21
19 Denmark 1 1 2 1 1 2 21
19 Republic of Korea 1 1 2 1 1 2 21
19 South Africa 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 21
23 Belarus 1 1 1 1 29
23 Hungary 1 1 1 1 29
23 Ireland 1 1 1 1 29
23 Latvia 1 1 1 1 29
23 Morocco 1 1 1 1 29
23 MKD 1 1 1 1 29
23 Serbia 1 1 1 1 29
30 Czech Republic 2 1 3 2 1 3 16
30 Mexico 2 1 3 2 1 3 16
32 Argentina 1 1 2 1 1 2 21
32 Croatia 1 1 2 1 1 2 21
34 Norway 1 1 1 1 29
34 Poland 1 1 1 1 29
34 Sweden 1 1 1 1 29
34 Chinese Taipei 1 1 1 1 29
34 Tunisia 1 1 1 1 29
34 Uzbekistan 1 1 1 1 29
40 Algeria 3 3 3 3 16
41 Venezuela 2 2 2 2 21
42 Hong Kong, China 1 1 1 1 29
42 Iran 1 1 1 1 29
42 Israel 1 1 1 1 29
Total 37 37 41 115 31 31 35 97 68 68 76 212



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August 31, 2012

China leads the medal race after day 2 of competition at the London Paralympics

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London, England — Following the second full day of competition at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, China leads the medal race with 34 total, 13 of them gold. Australia comes in second, with 7 gold, and the Ukraine is third with 6 gold medals.

China’s large medal haul was distributed across several sports, with 15 from swimming, 5 each from athletics and track cycling, 4 from judo, 3 from powerlifting, 2 from shooting.

Australia’s first medal of the Games was won in women’s standing air rifle shooting event where Natalie Smith captured a bronze medal during the first medal event of the Games. One of Australia’s bronze medals came in athletics’ F35–36 shot put event. Kath Proudfoot originally was listed as finishing fifth, but the Australians appealed this citing errors in how her results were calculated. Their appeal was successful, and Proudfoot came away with her second consecutive Paralympic medal in the event.

Over half the medals won by the United States came in swimming, with 7 total. The country has earned an additional 3 in track cycling and 1 in athletics.

A number of competitors have already earned multiple medals, including Australia’s Jacqueline Freney and Matthew Cowdrey, and the United States’s Jessica Long and Elizabeth Stone who all picked up a pair of medals in the pool.

Rank Country Men
Gold
Men
Silver
Men
Bronze
Men
Total
Women
Gold
Women
Silver
Women
Bronze
Women
Total
Total
Gold
Total
Silver
Total
Bronze
Total
Total
Rank by total
1 China 8 7 5 20 5 3 6 14 13 10 11 34 1
2 Australia 2 2 3 7 5 2 5 12 7 4 8 19 3
3 Ukraine 4 2 2 8 2 3 3 8 6 5 5 16 4
4 Russia 3 2 2 7 2 1 1 4 5 3 3 11 5
5 Great Britain 2 6 4 12 2 5 1 8 4 11 5 20 2
6 United States 2 2 4 2 1 4 7 4 1 6 11 5
7 Germany 1 2 4 7 2 2 4 3 4 4 11 5
8 Canada 1 1 2 1 2 1 4 2 3 1 6 9
9 Brazil 2 1 3 1 2 3 2 2 2 6 9
10 Nigeria 1 2 3 1 1 2 2 4 12
11 Azerbaijan 1 1 1 1 2 2 21
12 Spain 1 2 1 4 2 4 6 1 4 5 10 8
13 New Zealand 1 2 2 5 1 2 2 5 11
14 Turkey 1 1 1 1 1 3 1 2 1 4 12
15 France 1 1 1 3 1 1 1 1 2 4 12
15 Netherlands 1 1 1 2 3 1 1 2 4 12
17 Italy 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 3 16
18 Egypt 1 2 3 1 2 3 16
19 Cuba 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 21
19 Denmark 1 1 2 1 1 2 21
19 Republic of Korea 1 1 2 1 1 2 21
19 South Africa 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 21
23 Belarus 1 1 1 1 29
23 Hungary 1 1 1 1 29
23 Ireland 1 1 1 1 29
23 Latvia 1 1 1 1 29
23 Morocco 1 1 1 1 29
23 MKD 1 1 1 1 29
23 Serbia 1 1 1 1 29
30 Czech Republic 2 1 3 2 1 3 16
30 Mexico 2 1 3 2 1 3 16
32 Argentina 1 1 2 1 1 2 21
32 Croatia 1 1 2 1 1 2 21
34 Norway 1 1 1 1 29
34 Poland 1 1 1 1 29
34 Sweden 1 1 1 1 29
34 Chinese Taipei 1 1 1 1 29
34 Tunisia 1 1 1 1 29
34 Uzbekistan 1 1 1 1 29
40 Algeria 3 3 3 3 16
41 Venezuela 2 2 2 2 21
42 Hong Kong, China 1 1 1 1 29
42 Iran 1 1 1 1 29
42 Israel 1 1 1 1 29
Total 37 37 41 115 31 31 35 97 68 68 76 212



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