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PyeongChang Paralympics close after record-breaking Games

Date : 19 Mar 2018

PyeongChang, Korea, March 18, 2018: The 2018 PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games came to a close on Sunday evening with a celebration of disabled athletes who broke down barriers during the 10-day competition, reports Yonhap News.

The quadrennial event wrapped up with Korea having grabbed its first-ever gold medal -- won by Sin Eui-hyun in the men's 7.5km sitting cross-country skiing -- and finished 16th overall with a gold and two bronze medals.

PyeongChang, 180km east of Seoul, along with the sub-host cities of Gangneung and Jeongseon, hosted 567 athletes from 49 delegations -- both records for Winter Paralympics. The athletes vied for 80 gold medals, also a record. The Paralympic flag was handed over to Beijing, the next host of the Winter Paralympics in 2022. 

The PyeongChang Paralympics were the most successful Winter Paralympics in terms of ticket sales, with more than 343,000 tickets sold. The previous record had been 316,200 tickets sold at the 2014 Sochi Winter Paralympics.

The United States topped the medal rankings for the first time since Albertville 1992 with a gold-silver-bronze record of 13-15-8 (36). The Neutral Paralympic Athletes from Russia were second with 8-10-6 (24), followed by Canada with 8-4-16 (28).

Unlike at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, the two Koreas didn't have a joint march at the Paralympics opening ceremony but an athlete from each of the two NOCs shared a moment of harmony by carrying the Paralympic torch together before the lighting of the cauldron.

Japan finished ninth with a 3-4-3 (10) record, their gold medals coming from alpine skier Momoka Muraoka in the women’s giant slalom sitting, Yoshihiro Nitta in the men’s cross-country 10km classic standing and Gurimu Narita in the men’s snowboard banked slalom.

China and Kazakhstan finished joint 20th with one gold medal apiece. China’s came in the wheelchair curling mixed (Wang Haitao, Chen Jianxin, Liu Wei, Wang Meng and Zhang Qiang) and Kazakhstan’s in the men’s cross-country 1.5km sprint classic standing through Alexandr Kolyadin.

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