Chi­nese ath­letes reign in Rio

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Chi­nese ath­letes con­tin­ued their FROMPAGE dom­i­nance1 at the 2016 Par­a­lympic Games, which draws­due to to po­lio.a close on Sun­day in Rio Chi­nesede Janeiro. swim­mer XuQing,

whoBy the lost end both of arms com­pe­ti­tionin a car on ac­ci­dent Satur­day at in age Brazil,6, won China three had gold won medalsa to­tal in of Rio, 237 touch­ingmedals, in­clud­inghis head 105 to gold,the com­pared­pool’s wall with be­fore the all sec­ond-placeother swim­mers United in King­dom’sthe 50-me­ter to­tal but­ter­fly,of 147 medals, 50-me­ter in­clud­ing freestyle64 gold.and mixed 4-by

50-me­terWhile they freestyle­have at­tracte­din his less cat­e­gory. at­ten­tionHe has than now the earned­stars of 10 the ca­reer 2016 gold Sum­mer medals. Oympics last At month,Rio’s such Olympic­sas gold-win­ning Aquat­ics Cen­ter, swim­merthe 24-year-oldSun Yang or Xu the earned ex­u­ber­ant­loud cheers bronze from medal the swim­mer­crowd, whichFu Yuan­hui,sounded just they as have over­whelm­ing­done their moreas the fa­mous ac­co­lades fel­low ath­letesthat his one idol, bet­ter. Amer­i­can

swim­mingIn fact, the 11-daystar com­pe­ti­tion Michael Phelps, was re­ceivedafter­com­plet­ingthe fourth con­sec­u­tive timea record-break­ingChina has dom­i­nated ca­reer 23 Olympic­the medal gold stand­ingsmedals oneat Sum­mer­month ago. Par­a­lympics since Athens Each in up­date2004. on the Chi­nese Fe­male ath­letes’ vet­eran vic­to­riesath­lete Yao and Juan their broke ac­tion her pho­tos own posted world on record weibo to Chi­ne­sewin gold in so­ciala dis­cus net­works cat­e­gory at­tract­ed­for those thou­sandswith mus­cle of im­pair­ment­likes and pos­i­tive af­ter com­ments.throw­ing 44.53 “The me­ters me­di­ain her owes first fi­nal them at­tempt. head­lines It as was they her per­formed­fourth goldso well medal but with­much­lessspread over four cov­er­age Par­a­lympic than Games, dur­ing in­clud­ingthe Olympics,” shot put golda ne­ti­zenat Lon­don named2012 and Shix­i­aokaiyagold in javelin­said. at Bei­jing 2008 Some­and Syd­ney4,350 ath­letes2000. from

160 “If I coun­tries­didn’t pick and up re­gion­sparas­port com­peted train­ingat the in Par­a­lympics1998, I wouldn’ton the court, have track been and able in theto carry pool. my­self through life’s ad­ver­si­ties,The 308 not Chi­ne­seto men­tion ath­letes trav­el­ing­who com­peted around in the17 out worldof 22 and sports win­ning­not only glory in­spired­for my the coun­try,”world with said their Yao, per­for­manceswho lost mus­cle and power per­son­alin her jour­neysleft leg to

a world com­pe­ti­tion, but due to po­lio.

Chi­nese swim­mer Xu Qing, who lost both arms in a car ac­ci­dent at age 6, won three gold their medals pres­en­cein Rio, also touch­ing spoke his loudly head of theirto the coun­try’spool’s wall com­mit­ment be­fore all to other pro­mot­ing swim­mers equal­ity in the for the 50-me­ter dis­abled but­ter­fly,in sports. 50-me­ter Zhang freestyleHaidi, headand mixedof the 4-by-50-me­terChi­nese del­e­ga­tion, freestyle hailedin his the cat­e­gory. Chi­nese ath­letes’He has now out­standingearned 10 per­for­mancesca­reer gold medals.as a spe­cial in­spi­ra­tionAt Rio’s Olympics­for the vast Aquat­ics num­ber Cen­ter,of oth­ers the chal­lenged 24-year-old by Xu dis­abil­i­ties.earned loud cheers from the “A crowd,lot of which dis­abled sounded peo­ple just strug­glein­lifebe­cause­of­phys­i­calas over­whelm­ing as the ac­co­lades im­pair­ment­that his and idol, Amer­i­can poverty, and swim­min­gour ath­letes star com­pet­ing Michael in Phelps,Rio had re­ceived­hope that ev­ery­thin­gafter com­plet­ing is pos­si­ble a if their record-break­ing­hearts said no ca­reer tolim­i­ta­tions,”Zhang­wasquoted23 Olympic gold medals oneas say­ing month by ago. China Na­tional Ra­dioonSatur­day.Each up­date on the Chi­nese ath­letes’ Fifty-seven vic­to­ries Chi­nese and ath­letes­their ac­tion com­pet­ing pho­tos in post­edRio are on cat­e­go­rized­weibo Chi­ne­seas se­verely so­cial dis­abled, net­works but at­tract­edthat didn’t thou­sandsstop them. of On likes the and track, pos­i­tive Chi­nese com­ments.ath­letes dis­tin­guished “The me­dia them­selves owes de­spitethem head­lines vi­su­a­landlim­bas they dis­abil­i­ties. per­formed so wellThe ath­letes’but with will much to less suc­ceed cov­er­ageat Par­a­lympic­than dur­ing Games­the Olympics,”also has spurred a ne­ti­zen im­prove­mentsnamed Shix­i­aokaiyain fa­cil­i­ties,said. guid­ance and Some ac­ces­si­bil­ity4,350 ath­letes at from the 160 re­gional coun­tries level and in re­gions China, com­peted mak­ing it at eas­ierthe Par­a­lympics­for many on dis­abledthe court, track peo­ple and to in par­tic­i­patethe pool. in sport­sThe 308for fun, Chi­nese over­all ath­letes health who and com­peted re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion,in 17 out said of Hua22 sports Qing­pang,not only for­mer in­spired of­fi­cialthe world­with with China’s their Na­tional per­for­mances Par­a­lympic and per­sonal Com­mit­tee. jour­neys to a world “The com­pe­ti­tion,in­crease in but coaches,their pres­ence phys­i­cal also train­ers spoke and loudly sup­portof their staff coun­try’s ded­i­cated com­mit­mentto these ath­letes to pro­motin­gat the equal­ity grass­roots for lev­elthe dis­abled­has hel­pedin sports. more dis­abled peo­ple Zhang with Haidi, ath­letic­head of tal­ent­the Chi­ne­se­and pas­sion del­e­ga­tion,train more hailed sci­en­tif­i­cally.the The med­i­cal sup­port, Chi­nese ath­letes’ out­stand­ing per­for­mances as a spe­cial in­spi­ra­tion for the vast num­ber of oth­ers chal­lenged by dis­abil­i­ties.re­hab ther­apy and men­tal guid­ance“A lot of as dis­abled­well as man­age­ment­peo­ple strug­gle for in dis­abledlife be­cause ath­lete­sof phys­i­cal­have been im­pair­ment im­proved an­das well,”poverty, he toldXin­huaNewsand our ath­letes Agency. com­pet­ing Ac­cordingin Rio hadto the hope Sport­sthat ev­ery­thing Depart­men­tis pos­si­bleof China if Dis­abledtheir hearts Per­sons’said no Fed­er­a­tion,to lim­i­ta­tions,” the Zhang coun­try was had quoted trainedas say­ing more by than China 42,100 Na­tional fit­ness Ra­dio in­struc­tor­son Satur­day.for the dis­abled and had built Fifty-seven225 provin­cialChi­nese ath­lete­sand 34 com­pet­ing­na­tional spe­cial­izedin Rio are cat­e­go­rized sports train­ingas se­verely cen­ters dis­abled,by 2016. The­but that num­berof­didn’t stop reg­is­tered them. ath­letesOn the track,with dis­abil­i­tiesChi­nese ath­lete­shas reached­dis­tin­guished 10,000, and them­selvesaround 3.35 de­spite mil­lion vis­ual out and of limb the dis­abil­i­ties.coun­try’s 85 mil­lionThe ath­letes’ dis­abled will peo­pleto suc­ceed have at par­tic­i­pated Par­a­lympic in Games sports-re­latedalso has spurre­dex­er­cise at im­prove­mentsleast once over thein fa­cil­i­ties,past five guid­anceyears. and ac­ces­si­bil­ity The Stateat the Coun­cil re­gional has level given in China,its ap­proval mak­ing forit eas­ierthe 10thfor many Na­tional dis­abled Games peo­pleof Dis­abledto par­tic­i­pate Per­sons in to sportsbe held for right­fun, over­all af­ter the health13th Na­tion­a­land re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion,Games in said Tian­jin Hua next Qing­pang,year, mark­ing­former of­fi­cialthe first with time China’sthe two Na­tional games Par­a­lympicwill be held Com­mit­tee. con­sec­u­tively at one “The place, in­creaseto high­lightin coaches, equal­ity phys­i­calin sports train­ers par­tic­i­pa­tion.and sup­port staff “The ded­i­cated suc­cess­fulto the­seRio Par­a­lympic­sath­letes at the cam­paign grass­root­shas provedlevel has China’s helped ef­forts mor­ein the dis­abled­cause of peo­ple im­prov­ing with sports ath­letic par­tic­i­pa­tion­tal­ent and pas­sio­n­and the train wel­fare more of sci­en­tif­i­cally. dis­abled per­sons.The med­i­calWe should sup­port, learn re­hab fromthe ther­apy prac­tices andof all men­tal par­tic­i­pat­ing guid­ance coun­tries,as well as in­clud­ing­man­age­ment the host,for dis­abledBrazil, and ath­letes bet­ter have pro­mote been the im­proved­work of as health­well,” he and told hap­pi­ness Xin­hua of New­sthe dis­abledA­gency. in China,” said Zhang, head of Chi­nese del­e­ga­tion.

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