2016 Summer Paralympics is being held in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. The fifteenth Summer Paralympic is scheduled from 7th to 18th September. These games are significant multi sport events for athletes having disabilities governed by the International Paralympic Committee. The event started with a bang, and it is for the first time that a Latin American and South American city is hosting the event, the second Southern Hemisphere city and nation after the 2000 Summer Paralympics held in Sydney, and it is also for the first time that a Portuguese speaking country is hosting the event. This year two new sports are introduced namely: canoeing and the paratriathlon.
After three successful days, in the fourth day saw some power packed performances. Lauritta Onye, Wang Yinan, Richard Whitehead, Petrucio Ferreira dos Santos, David Brown and Deepa Malik stole the show.
Nigeria’s first medal was bagged by Lauritta Onye who efficiently stole the show in the athletes event, brought home gold in the women’s shot put F40. She broke her own record of 7.72m set at IPC world athletics championships in Doha by her first throw of 7.83m. Her second throw landed at 7.54m, while her third attempt went one cm further. Onye then exhibited some astonishing talent by a throw of 8.40m on her fourth attempt to secure the gold medal in the event.
China’s Wang Yinan grabbed the gold medal after he won the men’s 400m freestyle – S8 swimming final at the aquatics center at the Olympic Park.
Golden man Richard Whitehead proved that age is no barrier and this man in his 40’s galloped to a victory on Britain’s best Paralympics day since 2004. With his trademark speed in the final stage of the race, the sprinter finished in 23.39. Whitehead was among the favorites that day. It was Britain’s best one-day haul considering the last three Paralympics.
The teen sensation of Brazil, Petrucio Ferreira dos Santos, gained accolades from all over the world. On the fourth day at Rio 2016, he made the home crowd roar as they saw him smash the world record to bag the gold in the men’s 100m T47. The 19-year-old, who only took up athletics two years ago, faced strong competition from the two-time world champion Poland’s Michal Derus (10.79) of Poland and his team-mate and 2011 world champion Yohansson Nascimento (10.79).
Sprinter David Brown got gold for the USA. A true inspiration, the 23-year-old visually impaired was the star of the day, earned gold in the Paralympics men’s 100m Tll race. Brown believes that one’s only limit is what they set for themselves, it is just the mindset.
Another feather in India’s cap, Deepa Malik earned silver for India in the shotput F-53 event at the ongoing Rio Paralympics. Her throw of 4.61m was the best in all her six attempts A very optimistic and fearless Deepa, faced all the challenges in her life boldly. After getting successful at 2010 Para Asian Games, Deepa tried her luck at 2012 London Paralympics but failed to make a mark. With this win, she confirmed India’s third medal from the Rio Paralympics.
This was all from the fourth day at Rio Paralympics, 2016.