A great Paralymics comes to an end

Posted on: Monday, 19 September 2016 at 6:06:11 PM

Rio the second-best attended Games in history, behind London with 2.1 million tickets sold

Retiring Australian co-captain Kurt Fearnley took centre stage as his election to the International Paralympic Committee Athletes' Council was announced.

Fearnley had ended his Paralympics career earlier in the day, with the wheelchair racing veteran finishing second in the men's marathon, missing out on a fairytale gold-medal finish by one second.

Australia's men's wheelchair rugby team extended their golden Paralympic reign when they beat world number one America by a single point, 59-58, in a double overtime thriller final.

Teenagers carved up the Rio pool, with rookies Tiffany Thomas Kane and Lakeisha Patterson and 17-year-old London Paralympian Maddison Elliot all clinching gold.

Wheelchair tennis star Dylan Alcott became one of a handful of Australians to win gold medals in two sports after switching from wheelchair basketball.

And sport-hopping para-cyclist Jessica Gallagher became Australia's first athlete to win a medal at both a summer and winter Games.

Australia won gold medals in the Games' two debut sports para-canoe and para-triathlon, and took the final two titles in sailing's Paralympics farewell.

Legally blind Katie Kelly and her sighted guide and Sydney 2000 Olympics silver medallist, Michellie Jones, teamed up to take victory in the inaugural women's para-triathlon on Rio's iconic Copacabana beach.

Veteran sailors Liesl Tesch and Dan Fitzgibbon became the first sailors to win back-to-back gold medals and sonar trio Russell Boaden, Jonathan Harris and Colin Harrison also secured a final victory

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