The Aleksandrovsky Hall, venue of the official reception for the Team Russia Paralympians
On Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin shall bestow state awards upon the Paralympians of Team Russia, who won a historic high 36 gold medals in London this year. Particularly, the squad turned in a monumental effort in track and field, where they won 19 golds, and the pool was the scene of 13 Russian victories, propelling Russia to runner-up in the medal table behind China. In a statement Monday, the Kremlin said, in reference to one of the ornate reception chambers of the Grand Kremlin Palace, “President Vladimir Putin will present awards to the gold medallists in the Aleksandrovsky Hall”.
The performance in London continued an encouraging upward trend in the Russian Paralympic movement… the team took home 18 golds in Beijing four years ago, 16 at Athens in 2004, 15 at Sydney in 2000, and just nine at Atlanta in 1996. Russia scooped up a total of 101 medals, far outdoing previous Paralympics. The Chinese were comfortably on top, racking up 95 gold, 71 silver, and 65 bronze and the British hosts of the Games came a close third with 34 gold.
The top Russian performer was swimmer Oksana Savchenko, who took home five gold medals, claiming a world record in the 50-metres freestyle on Thursday. Russian archers swept the podium in the men’s standing category, with Timur Tuchinov beating Oleg Shestakov in the final. Other notable performances came from sprinter Margarita Goncharova, who claimed gold in the women’s 100-metres, and Aleksei Ashapatov, who took gold in men’s discus for athletes in wheelchairs. The next Paralympic Games are in Sochi, in Russia, in 2014.
10 September 2012