Paralympics Take on Rio

September 11, 2016

Following the Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil had the opportunity to host the Paralympics (the Olympic games for athletes with physical disabilities). This 11-day competition brought over 4,350 athletes from 160 countries to compete in 23 sports. Here are three interesting things about this year’s games:

1) While para-athletes competed in many sports similar to their fellow athletes in the Summer Olympics, some sports such as wheelchair rugby and sitting volleyball only took place during the Paralympics.

2) Over 200 world records were broken at this year’s Paralympics, the greatest number of records broken in the history of the Paralympic games.

3) It was a particularly special 1500 meter finals because the top four visually impaired runners finished faster than their fellow athletes who competed in the same race in the Summer Olympics.