The London 2012 Paralympics has come to a close last night, Sunday September 9, amidst grand celebrations and musical performances by Coldplay, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Jamiroquai, Bruno Mars, Jay Sean, and an orchestra of 17 musicians with disabilities. The ceremony was concluded with the extinguishing of the Paralympics torch and the handing over ceremony to Brazil where the 2016 Rio Paralympics will take place.
Team Egypt has made us very proud, scoring a total of 15 medals, four of those gold, four silver, and seven bronze. Team champs are coming home with four gold, three silver, and four bronze medals in powerlifting, one silver medal and two bronze medals in athletics, and one bronze medal in table tennis.
Raed Salem, 30, won us the final medal, a bronze one, last Saturday, September 8, in men’s javelin throw F57/58, coming third to Iran and Brazil’s athletes.
Egypt ranked number 28 from a total of 74 countries competing in the Paralympics.
So join the celebrations tonight at 8pm and greet the champions at the Cairo Airport as they come home from London, where they raised several Egyptian flags.
How others did in the London 2012 Olympics:
China: A total of 231 medals; 95 gold, 71 silver and 65 bronze
Russia: A total of 101 medals; 35 gold, 38 silver and 28 bronze
Great Britain: A total of 120 medals; 34 gold, 43 silver and 43 bronze
Ukraine: A total of 83 medals; 32 gold, 23 silver and 28 bronze
The United States: A total of 98 medals; 31 gold, 29 silver and 38 bronze
Brazil: A total of 43 medals; 21 gold, 14 silver and eight bronze
Germany: A total of 66 medals; 18 gold, 26 silver and 22 bronze
Iran: A total of 24 medals; 10 gold, seven silver and seven bronze
Algeria: A total of 19 medals; four gold, six silver and nine bronze
Morocco: A total of 14 medals; two gold, six silver and six bronze
Turkey: A total of 10 medals; one gold, five silver and four bronze
Israel: A total of eight medals; one gold, two silver and five bronze
United Arab Emirates: A total of three medals; one gold, one silver, and one bronze
Iraq: A total of three medals; two silver and one bronze
Saudi Arabia: A total of one silver medal et