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Belarusian swimmer Ihar Boki was the most decorated athlete taking home six gold medals and a bronze.In track and field, the USA’s Tatyana Mc Fadden claimed six medals, made up of four golds and two silver, whilst Cuba’s Omara Durand reaffirmed her position as the world’s fastest female Paralympian winning three sprint golds and breaking two world records.For the first time ever an Independent Paralympic Athletes team took part featuring two refugee athletes and more countries than ever before won at least one Paralympic medal.A record 1,670 female athletes also took part, more than double the number that took part at the Atlanta 1996 Paralympics. On the penultimate day of competition Iranian cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad died following a crash in the road cycling event. Rio 2016 Qualification Criteria Rio 2016 featured 22 sports, two more than London 2012, with canoe and triathlon making their Paralympic debut.The Ceremony took the audience on a journey which celebrated the origins of Paralympic sport at Stoke Mandeville in Great Britain, as well as Brazil’s love for dance, music, sport and the beach.It began with a countdown started by extreme wheelchair athlete Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham, who travelled at high speed down a 17-metre-high ramp, the equivalent of a six-storey building, before jumping through a panel featuring the number zero.The Games were the most broadcast in the history of the Paralympics and were covered by television, radio and online outlets in a record 154 countries.
The Games were also the best ever in terms of athletic performance with many stand-out performances highlighting 12 days of great sporting action.The IPC website had nearly twice as many visitors during Rio 2016 as it did during London 2012.The website showed live coverage from 13 sports and featured live results from all 22 sports.Canoe took place at the iconic Lagoa venue whilst triathlon took place along the world famous Copacabana Beach.Archery Para athletics Boccia Canoe Cycling Equestrian Football 5-a-side Football 7-a-side Goalball Judo Para powerlifting Rowing Sailing Shooting Para sport Sitting volleyball Para swimming Table tennis Triathlon Wheelchair basketball Wheelchair fencing Wheelchair rugby Wheelchair tennis The Rio 2016 Paralympic Torch Relay involved five Brazilian cities – Brasilia, Belem, Natal, Sao Paulo and Joinville - and Stoke Mandeville in Great Britain before the six flames were brought together virtually to create the Paralympic Flame on Tuesday 6 September.