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Para-Swimming athlete Ellen Keane first participated at the Paralympic Games in Beijing 2008 when she was just 13 years old.
Para-Sprinters run 100m, 200m or 400m distances. The Paralympic athlete Alan Oliveira ran the 100m just one second slower than Usain Bolt’s world record.
Wheelchair racers reach a top speed of 36 km/h. That’s how Marcel Hug earned the nickname therefore “The Swiss Silver Bullet”.
Para Jumping includes high jump, long jump and triple jump. Markus Rehm’s longest jump was 8.40m, which is the current Para world record.
Football 5-a-side matches last 50 minutes and the teams consist of 5 players. The balls are equipped in such a way that they are audible, so blind players can hear them.
The throwing disciplines include discus, shot put and javelin. Shot put athlete Deirdre Mongan from Ireland plays wheelchair rugby in winter to maintain her fitness.
Wheelchair basketball is played in 104 countries across the world. The rules of Wheelchair Basketball are very similar to those of FIBA Basketball with only some differences due to the use of a wheelchair.
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