TQ3884 : Olympics swimming medal ceremony

taken 6 years ago, near to Stratford, Newham, Great Britain

Olympics swimming medal ceremony
Olympics swimming medal ceremony
Josef Craig of paralympics GB has just received his gold medal and flowers for winning the men's 400 metres freestyle S7 race in a world record time. The classification system works well in producing close and thrilling races between competitors with different disabilities which affect their performance to the same extent. The times for the three medallists are within 4 seconds in almost five minutes; the times for second and third only differ by .54 of a second. Josef Craig has cerebral palsy. As can be seen in the photo, Shiyun Pan of China has one arm, and Andrey Gladkov of Russia uses crutches when out of the pool. Note also that the podium has a sloping ramp for wheelchair athletes.
Paralympics swimming
In the paralympics swimming races there are classes for physically and visually disabled competitors. There are a number of different classifications, depending on the degree of disability; the system gives close competition even between people with quite different disabilities which affect their performance to the same degree. Competitors are helped in various ways, some being helped onto the starting block, others being helped into and out of the water. Blind swimmers have helpers who tap them just before they turn or finish.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 6 September, 2012   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 11 September, 2012
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Sport, Leisure  Suburb, Urban fringe 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3803 8425 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:32.4167N 0:0.6640W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3802 8421
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London 2012 Paralympics  Swimming  Disabled Athlete  Medal Ceremony 

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