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Paralympics: Petition calls for more events to be opened up for people with learning disabilities


8 percent of medals (12 out of 147) won by Team GB at the Paralympics were won by athletes with a learning disability, despite them making up just 3 percent of the overall Team GB. This success adds extra urgency to Mencap’s petition asking the International Paralympics Committee to increase the number of events athletes with a learning disability are allowed to compete in.
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How to get around Rio in a wheelchair: British travel writer provides essential travel tips


If you want to know where to go in Rio de Janeiro and how to get there, ask Emily Yates. The 24-year-old British author has travelled the world in her wheelchair and is the ultimate authority on accessibility in the Paralympic host city.
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Photo: Martin Schulz winning gold in first triathlon at Paralympics; Copyright: Andi Weiland |

Paralympics: Rio 2016 draws to a close with hundreds of records broken


There is more to the success of a Paralympic Games than numbers alone, but one number makes a compelling case for Rio 2016 having been one of the best Games ever: 209 world records were set during the 11 days of competition.
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Markus Rehm determined to lift Paralympic sport to new heights


The centimetres keep adding up for Markus Rehm, the German long jumper who flies as far as the best in the world and begins the defence of his Paralympic title on the night of Friday (16 September) at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
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Photo: ‘The Backfavela Boys’ pose with their medals at the Olympic Stadium; Copyright: Rio 2016/Ana Patrícia Almeida

Forget the Backstreet Boys, meet the Backfavela Boys, Brazil’s new Paralympic heroes


Daniel Silva, Diogo Ualisson Jeronimo da Silva, Felipe Gomes and Gustavo Araújo won gold for Brazil in the 4x100m relay for visually impaired sprinters on Monday at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, and then revealed the unusual nickname they go by. “We say that you've got the Backstreet Boys, but we are the Backfavela Boys,” said Araújo with a laugh.
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Paralympics: Iranian giant Mehrzad begins journey to summit of sitting volleyball


At the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, as the Iranian delegation entered the Maracanã it was hard to take your eyes off the giant figure in their midst. At 2.46m high (over 8 feet), sitting volleyball player Morteza Mehrzadselakjani is the tallest man in Iran and by some distance the tallest athlete at Rio 2016.
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Drama, seduction and samba launch Paralympic Games at spectacular opening ceremony


Rio de Janeiro welcomed the 2016 Paralympic Games to Brazil on Wednesday (7 September) night with a spectacular wheelchair stunt and a colourful display of some of the city's most treasured charms – sand, sea and samba.
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