Canadian Team finishes Paralympics with 29 medals

by Garry Watts September 21, 2016, 1:22

Carlos Nuzman, head of the Rio Olympic organizing committee, said in a statement.

The baton was passed to Tokyo, with the Japanese city now becoming the next host's of the Games in 2020.

The medal count was the highest since National Lottery funding was introduced for elite athletes in 1997.

Singers, dancers and fireworks lit up the iconic stadium before tributes were paid to Iranian cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad, who died on Saturday.

The IPC said it believes this is the first death in a Paralympics.

"This is truly heart-breaking news, and the thoughts and condolences of the whole Paralympic Movement are with Bahman's family, friends, and teammates, as well as the whole of the National Paralympic Committee of Iran", IPC President Philip Craven said in a statement.

"Tonight is a celebration of the last 12 days of sport but it's also a very sombre occasion following Saturday's extremely tragic events", Craven said, upon opening his speech.

Among the first performers was Jonathan Bastos, a Brazilian who was born without arms but has became an accomplished musician, playing the guitar with his feet.

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The incredible performances of Team GB and ParalympicsGB athletes at the Rio 2016 Games will be celebrated on October 17 and October 18 in Manchester and London respectively.

Bethany Firth's third gold at the Paralympics left her as Britain's most decorated medallist at the Rio Games.

Once more, it was China that dominated overall, with 239 medals, including 107 golds - far ahead of nearest rival Britain with 147 total and 64 golds.

"Otherwise the Russian team is in big difficulties", he said. Ricardinho, who made a winning goal for Brazil in the five-a-side football final carried the flag for the host nation. Notwithstanding the reduction, the country accumulated 72 total medals, 29 more than the performance at London.

Both athletes received a solid gold medal.

More than 2.1 million tickets were sold, second only to London 2012.

Wheelchair rugby, also known as "murderball" for its ferocious and aggressive style of play, reached its dramatic conclusion in the gold medal match between Australia and the US.

Weightlifter Amal Mahmoud, who won a bronze medal in the women's under-67 kg category, criticized all TV channels fiercely for ignoring the event, in contrast to the Olympic Games, which recieved huge coverage.

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